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Travers Smith LLP

10 SNOW HILL, LONDON, EC1A 2AL, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7295 3000
DX:
1111079 LONDON CITY EC1
Email:
Web:
www.traverssmith.com
London, Paris

Chris Hale

Tel:
Work 02072953000
Email:
Web:
www.traverssmith.com
Travers Smith LLP

Work Department

Corporate

Position

Senior Partner and Partner, Corporate

Chris specialises in UK and international M&A and buy-out work. He acts for institutional investors and Management teams on investments and divestments, as well as private equity-backed and large private companies on M&A and other corporate matters. Chris is a regular contributor to various legal journals and lectures, notably at Oxford University, on company and private equity related subjects.

Career

Chris joined Travers Smith in 1983 and was made a partner in 1987. Chris became the firm's Senior Partner on 1 July 2013 having been Head of Corporate since 2003. He founded the firm's Private Equity Group, one of the constituent parts of Corporate, in 1996.


London: Corporate and commercial

Private equity: transactions – high-value deals (£250m+)

Within: Private equity: transactions – high-value deals (£250m+)

Acting for management teams forms a key part of the PE and financial sponsors department at Travers Smith LLP 's focus. One notable highlight saw the team advise Bridgepoint and the management team of Pret a Manger on the sale of Pret to JAB. Ian Shawyer and head of team Paul Dolman led on this high value and high profile transaction, which  involved France, the US, China and Scotland. The team also advises on investment matters and exits. The 'very strong and partner-led' group boasts many reputable sponsor clients on its roster, including American PE firm Hellman & Friedman and London-headquartered Livingbridge. Adam Orr is strongly recommended for management representation and has particular expertise in equity incentivisation terms. Senior partner Chris Hale is also highly recommended.

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Private equity: transactions – mid-tier – up to £250m

Within: Private equity: transactions – mid-tier – up to £250m

Acting for management teams forms a key part of the PE and financial sponsors department at Travers Smith LLP 's focus. One notable highlight saw the team advise Bridgepoint and the management team of Pret a Manger on the sale of Pret to JAB. Ian Shawyer and head of team Paul Dolman led on this high value and high profile transaction, which  involved France, the US, China and Scotland. The team also advises on investment matters and exits. The 'very strong and partner-led' group boasts many reputable sponsor clients on its roster, including American PE firm Hellman & Friedman and London-headquartered Livingbridge. Adam Orr is strongly recommended for management representation and has particular expertise in equity incentivisation terms. Senior partner Chris Hale is also highly recommended.

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London: Risk advisory

Brexit

Within: Brexit

Travers Smith LLP’s Brexit working group is led by senior partner Chris Hale and takes a cross-departmental approach to assisting clients, involving lawyers from the employment, financial products, environment, trade and commercial departments. The group has particular expertise in the financial services sector, with notable clients including Euroclear and Bain Capital; assisting the latter with its business immigration issues and the implications of Brexit for its EU national staff based in the UK. Ben Chivers focuses on commercial and trade issues and also leads the leisure and hospitality group, Mark Evans heads up the financial products and payments practice, Doug Bryden is the key contact for EU regulatory advice, and Ed Mills leads the employment group and also handles immigration mandates.

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