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Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

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Private Equity


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London: Corporate and commercial

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

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

Willkie Farr & Gallagher (UK) LLP's London PE practice was greatly strengthened by the arrival of key practitioners Gavin Gordon and David Arnold from Kirkland & Ellis International LLP in May 2019. The paid add weight to a team that already included highly regarded partner Claire McDaid. The 'highly commercial' team has won new clients including Opengate Capital Management, JC Flowers and Oak Hill Capital Partners. Key partners in the practice in addition to Gordon and Arnold include François Feuillat. New-York based partners Jeffrey Poss and Neil Townsend are joint heads of the global offering.

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

Private equity buyouts

Within: Private equity buyouts

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP continued to expand its team with the hires of Matthew Rizzo and Jessica Sheridan from Sidley Austin LLP, where Rizzo was a practice area team leader; the two have an especially strong record in healthcare and healthcare services deals. In addition, energy sector specialists Steven Torello and Archie Fallon have joined the Houston office from DLA Piper LLP (US) and King & Spalding LLP. The reinforced team has an especially fine record in the middle to upper-middle market. Department members are 'client-oriented', 'extremely talented, hard working, creative and commercial'.  Clients include Warburg Pincus, Insight Venture Partners, Court Square, Centerbridge Partners and Genstar Capital. The firm has advised Genstar Capital and its portfolio company Apex Fund Services on a series of deals, including Apex's multi-jurisdictional acquisition of Deutsche Bank Alternative Fund Services, among other financial services deals. It also advised Insight Venture Partners on a number of transactions, including its $1.16bn acquisition in Episerver. Other key partners include chairman Steven Gartner, and co-chairs of the private equity practice Jeffrey Poss and Neil Townsend; Poss is 'a fantastic partner', 'extremely commercial, very practical, very closely engaged on projects and able to efficiently leverage his team'. Co-head of the energy practice and Houston managing partner Bruce Herzog is another key contact. The named partners are based in New York unless stated otherwise.

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms


Within: Fintech

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP's cross-departmental fintech practice group includes lawyers from its corporate and finance, litigation, and intellectual property departments combining 'phenomenal work ethic, insight and deal skills'. The team is particularly adept at handling investments in technology companies for private equity and venture capital clients, which include Genstar Capital and Insight Venture Partners. Jeffrey Poss — who has attracted praise from one client as being 'the single best transactional attorney with whom they work' — led a team alongside partners in London which acted for billing and payment solutions provider OSG Billing Services on its acquisition of London-based Communisis PLC. The practice is also advising BIDS Trading on regulatory matters relating to its partnership with Bats Europe for the creation of a block trading service for the European equity market. The group has been bolstered with the launch of a Palo Alto office led by technology transaction lawyers Tiffany Lee and Matthew Berger who recently joined from Paul Hastings LLP.

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