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Private Equity

Private Equity

About

We have considerable experience in private equity work, in particular acting for management teams who are looking to raise private equity funding for their existing business or who are being brought in by a private equity house to helprun one of their portfolio companies. We also regularly act for the private equity investors themselves.

Private equity sometimes is seen as having a mystique to it, but we can guide you through the sometimes complex legal issues that arise with our extensive knowledge of the common potential areas of debate and what is usual in the market on key legal issues (e.g. “good leaver” and “bad leaver” provisions).

We advise both on smaller value transactions where the private equity investor(s) tend to be “business angel” private individuals or on higher value transactions where an institutional private equity house typically provides and / or arranges both the equity and debt funding. As part of our service, we can help with any acquisitions occurring at the same time as the private equity funds injection, employment contracts for the management team and share option / employee shareholder documentation.

 

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Latest testimonials

"He brings clarity to the situation, breaks it down and comes to a conclusion"
Client testimonial / Chambers & Partners

"Bill Thatcher. Gentle in nature but shrewd. He puts the client at ease and uses his excellent intellect and communication skills to identify the client’s needs and their exact legal solution. He also writes legal documents in clear, legal language which is easy to understand by the client and third parties. Bill is always on time and is appreciated for his professionalism and clear legal contracts. He also has a board expertise in the type of contracts needed for our sector (biotechnology/life sciences)."
Client testimonial / Legal 500

More than an accomplished legal adviser, Bill Thatcher is a resource for the development of our company’s business practices, a sounding board for our new ideas and, in many ways, a mentor to our in-house team. His responsiveness, sophistication, practicality and deft negotiation skills make Bill an invaluable part of our team."
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

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"Hewitsons are small enough to give a very personal service but big enough to have all the experts available when you need them."
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

"We used the firm for the sale of our company and they were meticulous, ensuring our shareholders were protected to the full and aware of what the transaction meant to them personally. They were a great team to work with."
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500


"The level of subject matter expertise, business sense, responsiveness, and cost-effectiveness is unmatched in my experience with law firms around the globe.”

Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500 

“Excellent all round abilities, with very solid associates and good access to partner expertise.”
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500






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"A first class job - many thanks for guiding us through the maze of legal procedures. It was a tremendous effort on your part."
Mr Philip Kennedy - Managing Director
Eschmann Technologies Ltd

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“Hewitsons is an impressive practice – client-focused, efficient and effective. The firm punches well above its weight.”
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

“Great communication, reasonable fees, good value for the money.”
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

“The firm provides excellent partner expertise at highly competitive rates.”
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

"They are an efficient, knowledgeable team, which is able to advise and carry out work on a variety of topics."
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

"Hewitsons provided us with timely legal support adhering to the scope of the service agreed."
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

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“I particularly liked the approach of Hewitsons in that we worked with the same lawyer from initial discussions and quotation through to completion of the sale. This meant there was good continuity throughout the project.”
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

"In my experience Hewitsons is top of its class. It has experts in every field."
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

"Hewitsons is outstanding. It is professional, knowledgeable and efficient."
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

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“We worked predominantly with Laurence Evans on the sale of our business. He understood the business, our objectives and helped to negotiate a successful outcome.”
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500 

"I found Laurence Evans to be professional and very easy to work with. He was also very fast at turning around questions we raised and amendments to the contract.”
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

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“James Lawrence has a first rate legal mind, and his advice is always succinct and completely on the point.”
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500 

Latest testimonials

“The firm provides excellent partner expertise at highly competitive rates.”
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

"They are an efficient, knowledgeable team, which is able to advise and carry out work on a variety of topics."
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

"Hewitsons provided us with timely legal support adhering to the scope of the service agreed."
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

Latest testimonials

"Broad legal knowledge and experience makes them helpful and responsive on a range of subjects raised. Partner James Lawrence and senior solicitor Charlotte Bull have worked as an excellent team for us."
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500