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Travers Smith Braithwaite has bagged its first piece of work acting for Cazenove Private Equity.
The firm's highly-rated private equity group netted the client after assistant Catrina Holme left to join Cazenove as an investment director. Cazenove Private Equity was set up in April 2000 and in its first year has used SJ Berwin and the London office of McDermott Will & Emery for advice. Travers Smith will handle mainly second and third-round investments in the funding of predominantly technology, media and telecoms clients, rather than large-scale buyouts. Travers Smith partner Chris Hale said: "It's a very good name to have on the client list and will provide a reasonable volume of deals." The firm is in the middle of advising on its first deal for the client, after winning the instruction in July. Hale said: "Catrina was an assistant in the private equity group here but she decided to join Cazenove as an investment director. Now she has persuaded one or two of her colleagues to use us on deals. We're working on our first deal at the moment." Last year, McDermotts' senior partner and head of corporate William Charnley advised the client when it worked alongside Antfactory to make a £5.25m investment in the Listening Company. Cazenove Private Equity's first fund, Cazenove New Europe Access Fund, raised £234m when it was set up from a combination of institutional investors and Cazenove itself. Travers Smith's other private equity clients include 3i, Phoenix Equity Partners, Bridgepoint Capital, Candover, ABN Amro and Barclays Private Equity. The team scooped Barclays Private Equity as a client in February this year, even though the group's usual advisers were DLA and Pinsent Curtis and it had in the past worked with Ashurst Morris Crisp and Eversheds. In that deal the firm represented Barclays when it backed a £35m recommended offer for parcels company Nightfreight.