Lynn Knight is a partner in the corporate department, based in the Southampton office, undertaking all aspects of corporate work, particularly private equity transactions.
She has experience of a wide range of corporate transactions, working with clients ranging from small owner-managed businesses, to listed companies. Her private equity experience is significant, and her recent private equity transactions include the 22 million buyout of Electra-net (UK) Limited, backed by Zeus Private Equity and HSBC, as well as their subsequent buy and build acquisitions and further fundraisings, the secondary buyout of the Pims Group, backed by Inflexion and HSBC, and the 4.2 million development capital investment by the Business Growth Fund (BGF) in the Benefex group of companies, which closed in October 2011, and was the first investment in a UK business by BGF.
In addition, Knight has acted for the Lifeways group of companies, a major national provider of supported living care, on its two-year buy and build programme prior to the secondary buyout of the group backed by OMERS Private Equity, which closed in June 2012. Knight led the transaction team supporting the management sellers on the buyout alongside client partner, Sean Wright, and the team will continue to act for the group going forwards.
Another recent transaction highlight for Knight was acting for the shareholders on the the sale of the Applied Kilovolts group of companies to a major US corporate, which closed in April 2012. She first worked with the chief executive officer of the group, Kevin Wheelhouse, on his 2003 buy in, and again advised the group in 2007 when a private equity house invested in order to fund the group’s expansion.
Knight is a keen sailor, and gained her Yachtmaster qualification in 2001. She spends her free time with family and friends and gets out on the water when she can.