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Chris Hale

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Travers Smith LLP

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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.


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

Within: Leading individuals

Chris Hale - Travers Smith LLP

Within: Private equity: transactions

Travers Smith LLP is, according to its clients, 'the best of the midmarket firms'; it has 'no weak links throughout, a good culture and it spends time understanding the client'. It is also 'very good on all aspects' of large-cap deals. The firm secured a number of high-profile and transformational mid-cap and large-cap deals in 2017, as demonstrated by Paul Dolman, Adam Orr, recently promoted senior counsel Alex Dixon and George Weavil's advice to longstanding client TA Associates on the £600m acquisition of Old Mutual Wealth's single strategy asset management business. Another highlight saw Dolman, Spencer Summerfield, Ian Shawyer and others act for Bridgepoint and its investee company Element Materials Technology Group (Element) in Element's public-to-private acquisition of Exova Group for £620m. In the mid-cap space, Shawyer led a team which advised Bridgepoint on its acquisition of the UK master franchise of Burger King. 3i, Group, Hellman & Friedman and Silverfleet Capital are also active clients. Other notable practitioners in the team include senior partner Chris Hale, whose 'wise counsel is very much appreciated', as well as Emma Havas, Will Yates, Lucie Cawood and James Renahan. Edmund Reed is a particularly prolific dealmaker in the market. Weavil, Ian Keefe and Genevieve Marten all recently made partner.

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