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Linklaters LLP, Oliver Sceales, London EC2Y, ENGLAND

Oliver Sceales

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Linklaters LLP

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Banking, Leveraged Finance


Oliver is a banking partner with significant experience in structuring and executing sponsor-backed leveraged acquisition finance transactions in the European market. He has worked in the firm’s banking team for 10 years and was made a partner in 2016.

Oliver’s particular focus is acting for financial sponsors on leveraged buy-outs but he also has significant experience in acting for lenders across the capital structure.

Oliver spent four months on secondment to the firm’s Madrid office in 2007, working on what was then one of the largest leveraged buy-outs in Europe. He also spent nine months on secondment with Macquarie Capital Advisory in 2009, where he assisted with deal execution and gained insight into their investment process.

Before joining the firm, Oliver worked for Allens, Linklaters’ integrated alliance partner in Australia.

Work highlights:

Oliver has worked on a wide range of financing transactions. These include advising:

  • The Carlyle Group on the debt financing aspects of its take-private acquisition of Innovation Group plc, a global business process services provider;
  • The Carlyle Group on the debt financing aspects of its acquisition of PA Consulting by way of scheme of arrangement;
  • Baring Private Equity on its £1.2bn covenant-lite senior and second lien facilities in connection with the refinancing of debt facilities for The Weetabix Food Company;
  • HgCapital on the debt financing of its leveraged buy-outs of multiple businesses, including A-Plan (regulated), Manx Telecom (regulated), Zitcom, Sequel and Allocate Software (take private);
  • The arrangers on the covenant-lite debt financing of Valeo Foods’ acquisition of Balconi, an Italian cake company;
  • Bridgepoint Capital on the debt financing aspects of its acquisitions of Oasis Dental and Quilter & Co, the private client wealth management group;
  • Public Sector Pension Investment Board on its holdco PIK facility used in connection with its acquisition of a minority stake in Allflex Group, a global leader in livestock identification; and
  • The Carlyle Group on the debt financing aspects of its acquisition of Barbon Insurance Group, a regulated insurance mediation business.


  • Unitranche loans: a recent trend in the European mid market (2013)
  • Documenting acquisition financings for syndication in the U.S. and Europe (2008)


Oliver has a law degree with honours from Bond University (Australia) and a commerce degree majoring in accounting and finance from University of Western Australia

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