Travers strengthens Bridgepoint ties with Pets at Home IPO

Travers Smith is understood to be advising on Bridgepoint Capital’s float of retailer Pets at Home.

Longstanding Travers client Bridgepoint is thought to be discussing the deal with the silver circle firm. Relationship partner David Innes is expected to lead a team from the firm on the transaction.

Travers has advised the private equity house on a raft of deals in recent years. Innes led a team advising Bridgepoint and Newco on the e334m (£287.23m) buyout of Pets at Home in 2004.

In 2005 partner Simon Buckingham advised Pets at Home on the refinancing of its debt. Ashurst finance partner Helen Burton advised RBS on the deal.
Travers also has close ties with Bridgepoint’s in-house legal team. Former Travers partner and founder of the firm’s private equity group Charles Barter joined Bridgepoint last year, becoming the company’s first-ever general counsel (, 19 August 2008).

While Travers is understood to have been consulted on the IPO, banks Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan Cazenove are yet to ­confirm their advisers.

Although the deal has yet to be formalised and is still at the preliminary stage, if successful it will be a positive sign for the IPO market.