Private Equity Associate

Clifford Chance

2018-08-09 16:56:31

Job location Guildford, South East, United Kingdom

Job type: fulltime

Job industry: Banking & Financial Services

Job description

The Private Equity team at Clifford Chance is one of the world's leading practices. The Private Equity team is and has been ranked consistently for many years by Chambers: Band 1 Globally; Band 1 for Europe; and Band 1 for the UK. Its market-leading work is also widely recognised by industry bodies. Awards over the last 12 months include: 'Pan-European Legal Advisor of the Year' (The Real Deals Private Equity Awards 2018); 'Law Firm of the Year in Europe - Transactions' (for the 16th consecutive year) and 'Law Firm of the Year in Asia - Transactions' (Private Equity International 2017); 'Private Equity Team of the Year' (IFLR Europe Awards 2017); 'Europe Law Firm of the Year' (8th consecutive year), 'Middle East and Africa Law Firm of the Year', and 'Latin America Law Firm of the Year' (Infrastructure Investor Annual Awards 2017); and 'Overall Legal Advisor - Deals and Funds' (5th consecutive year) (Private Equity Africa Awards 2017). This is a rare opportunity for associates to join Private Equity team. The team is looking to recruit more associates to support the growth of both new clients and existing client relationships. A new associate will have the opportunity to: develop market-leading private equity skills and expertise; have fantastic career progression opportunities in a growing practice; develop and become central to new client relationships; and be part of and immersed in a private equity team. The practice is not dominated by any one client. Rather, it has deep longstanding relationships with many clients, including 7 of the 10 largest international private equity houses (Source: PEI), alternative buyers/new entrants in the private equity sector, and portfolio companies. The group advises an impressive range of clients, including traditional international private equity houses, infrastructure and emerging market investors and their portfolio companies and management teams. The group is supported by the Firm's integrated network of offices (providing the largest geographic coverage of any single law firm) as well as expertise in other key complementary practice areas (including acquisition finance, capital markets, funds and regulatory) and industry sectors to offer clients unrivalled strength and depth of resource. The lawyers in our Private Equity group work very closely with the client's business and therefore become an integral part of the deal team. This means the lawyers in this group are at the centre of market-leading transactions, not only as legal advisers but working closely with clients at a strategic and business level. The entrepreneurial nature of our Private Equity deals requires lawyers with a blend of specialist skills. In today's challenging market environment, we play a key role to our clients as a strategic adviser, requiring practical, commercially minded legal advice to help them and their portfolio companies respond swiftly and effectively to the challenges and opportunities they face. We offer cutting-edge advice complemented by unrivalled quality of service, experience and training. We advise on all aspects of private equity transactions, including: Investments, whether by way of private acquisitions, public company takeovers, minority investments or joint ventures (acting for both managers and investors); Exits, whether by way of trade sale, IPO or dual-track; Ongoing work for portfolio companies, including add-on acquisitions, asset sales, refinancing and restructurings; and Platform spin outs. Recent deals handled by our London team: Partners Group on the parallel acquisition of Ammeraal Beltech and Megadyne Cinven on the acquisition Envirotainer EQT on the acquisition of Asmodee CIC on the acquisition of Logicor from Blackstone Blackstone on the acquisition of a majority stake in flexible workspace business The Office Group and on its acquisition of Clarion Events, one of the world's leading independent events organisers, from Providence Equity Partners Permira on the acquisition of NDS from Cisco Systems CD&R on the acquisition of MRH, the largest UK independent petrol retailer Baupost Group on the exit by IPO from the Bakkavor Group and the pre-IPO corporate reorganisation Cinven, Permira, and Mid Europa on the acquisition of the Allegro Group CVC and Cinven on the £1.1 billion acquisition of NewDay group from Värde Partners Alter Domus on its sale of a minority stake (c35%) of Alter Domus to Permira and on the subsequent acquisitions of Luxembourg Fund Partners and Cortland Capital Market Services Elliott Management on the acquisition of a majority stake in Waterstones, the high street book retailer Infrastructure deals: Quad Gas Group on the agreement with National Grid plc to acquire a 61 % shareholding in its four regulated UK gas distribution networks GIP led consortium (including CIC and PSP) on the US$3.7 billion acquisition of Equis Energy's renewable assets in Australia, India, Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines, Thailand and Taiwan 3i Group on the sale of Scandlines, a Danish ferry business and the subsequent reinvestment by 3i Group plc into Scandlines for a 35% equity interest Ardian on the sale of its 49% interest in London Luton Airport, the UK's fifth biggest airport in terms of passenger numbers EQT on the acquisition of Dutch telecom and infrastructure company CIF/CAIW, owner and operator of telecoms infrastructure Macquarie, Allianz Capital Partners, and VER (the Finnish state pension fund) on the acquisition of Elenia Infracapital and Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners on the sale of their investment in Affinity Water to a consortium KKR on the acquisition of Calvin Capital CKI on a joint venture with Cheung Kong Property Holdings Limited and the joint venture's acquisition of 100% of ista from CVC JPM Asset Management on the sale of 51% of Noatum Ports to Cosco Hermes on the sale of its stake in Thames Water to OMERS Infrastructure Allianz Capital Partners on behalf of the Allianz Group, Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets and Valtion Eläkerahasto, the State Pension Fund of Finland, signed an agreement to acquire Elenia Oy, Finland's second largest distribution system operator, and Elenia Lämpö Oy, Finland's ninth largest district heating network Emerging market deals: Helios Investment Partners and GBfoods S.A. on their acquisition of assets and brands - including Jumbo (bouillon), Gino and Pomo (tomato paste), and Jago (milk powder and mayonnaise), and Bama (mayonnaise) distribution rights for Africa - through the newly established GBfoods Africa HoldCo B.V. Actis on the acquisition of a majority ownership interest in Kipeto Energy Limited (which is developing a 100 MW wind farm project in Kenya) from certain of the existing owners, including African Infrastructure Investment Managers- the project is the second largest wind power project in Kenya Actis on the acquisition of the El Pelicano power plant in Chile from SunPower AIIM on their recent investment in Starsight Power AXA Mansard Insurance Plc in its capacity as Sponsor and equity investor in a Nigerian hospital project CDC Group plc on the equity funding arrangements in relation to its takeover offer for Copperbelt Energy Corporation plc, the Zambian transmission company, including co-investment terms with A.P. Moeller Capital CDC on the investment by KKM in Feronia Inc Denham Capital on the creation of a new power platform in Africa Alter Semper on the acquisition from Abraaj of the leading oncology, radiology and imaging business based in Morocco Carlyle's Sub-Saharan Africa Fund on the signing of a US$50m investment into Kiboko pharmaceuticals, a distribution and manufacturing pharma business with operations in Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda and Kenya Continental Europe: GERMANY: Cinven on its sale of Germany-based CeramTec GmbH, a world-leading manufacturer of high-performance ceramics, to an investor consortium led by BC Partners and including Public Sector Pension Investment Board and Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan Cinven on its consortium public takeover bid with Bain Capital of German pharmaceutical company Stada FRANCE: Permira on its firm commitment to take a majority stake in Exclusive Group, the value-added services and technologies (VAST) group ITALY: ERGO Previdenza, an insurance company controlled by Gruppo Assicurativo Flavia - owned by international private equity firm Cinven - on the acquisition of Italian life insurance company Eurovita (controlled by JC Flowers) LUXEMBOURG: KKR on the acquisition of a 40% stake in Telxius, a leading telecom infrastructure owner and service provider in Europe and Americas POLAND: Warburg Pincus and minority shareholders on the sale of INEA, the fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) and cable operator in Western Poland ROMANIA: J.C. Flowers & Co. in relation to the acquisition of Piraeus Bank Romania by funds advised by J.C. Flowers, a deal marking the American investor's entry on the local market NORWAY: Apax and EVRY on a dual track process, culminating in the listing of EVRY on the Norwegian Stock Exchange We are seeking outstanding junior to mid level lawyers with proven experience from leading Private Equity focused firms to join our team. Knowledge and Experience: You should have a sound knowledge of Private Equity transactional work. That experience will probably have been gained at a practice with a reputation for work in this field. Skills: Lawyers at all levels must have excellent document drafting skills. You should demonstrate strong communication and analytical skills along with a high level of commercial awareness. Qualifications: A strong academic history is essential. In order to provide outstanding client service, we need to understand, anticipate and fulfil the unique needs and expectations of each client. We call this "Client Focus" and to help deliver this core part of our business strategy..... click apply for full job details

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