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France: Private equity


Within: Leading individuals

Thomas Forschbach - Latham & Watkins

Within: LBO

Latham & Watkins advises on LBO transactions of private and public companies, with particular strength in competitive auction and carve-out matters, but the team also has experience in joint ventures, exclusive transactions and club deal mandates. Practice head Ga√ętan Gianasso, who along with Thomas Forschbach is qualified in England and Wales, Olivier du Mottay and Denis Criton are the key names; Forschbach is also admitted to the German bar. The department acts for fund sponsors, investors, banks and sellers and has recently been active in a number of high-profile matters, such as ICG‚Äôs ‚ā¨2.5bn majority investment in the DomusVi Group involving a pre-emptive offer. Other highlights include advising the Canadian Public Sector Pension Investment Board on the ‚ā¨1.9bn acquisition of Cerba HealthCare from PAI Partners, and assisting Ardian with its 60% investment in the global products solutions division of Assystem, in a complex cross-jurisdictional carve-out matter. Advent International, Blackstone, Bridgepoint and the Carlyle Group are other clients.

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London: Corporate and commercial

Private equity: transactions

Within: Private equity: transactions

Latham & Watkins' transactional practice¬†advises a range of global private equity houses and other clients on all issues arising from¬†transformational UK and multi-jurisdictional large-cap deals, often acting in concert with¬†the firm's market-leading banking and finance, equity capital markets and high-yield debt offerings.¬†Michael Bond¬†recently acted for The Carlyle Group on its ‚ā¨10.1bn acquisition with GIC of AkzoNobel's Specialty Chemicals Business. Another notable mandate involved¬†David Walker, global co-chair¬†Kem Ihenacho,¬†Richard Butterwick¬†and¬†banking partner¬†Jayanthi Sadanandan¬†advising CVC and Blackstone (as part of a consortium) on the ¬£2.96bn acquisition of Paysafe Group; at the time of the announcement of this deal, it was the largest public-to-private transaction under the UK Takeover Code since 2010. Another key figure is¬†Farah O‚ÄôBrien, who worked alongside Ihenacho and others to assist Leonard Green & Partners with acquiring a controlling interest in Pure Gym. Other clients of the firm include Cinven, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, TA Associates and Bain Capital. Thomas Forschbach¬†has more than 25 years of experience of private equity transactions. Huw Thomas¬†made partner in January 2018.

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