Care Homes

Ashurst leads in CareTech’s £870m take-private deal

Social care provider CareTech has been sold to a consortium, advised by Ashurst, in an £870m deal. Ashurst chair Karen Davies led the team representing Amalfi Bidco, a newly-formed company indirectly owned by Sheikh Holdings Group (Investments), Belgravia Investments and Kensington Capital, and funds managed and advised by THCP Advisory. Davies was supported by fellow […]


Two firms score roles on Bridgepoint’s core roster

Private equity house Bridgepoint has reviewed its top panel of legal advisers, with two firms making the cut. The Lawyer understands that Allen & Overy and Latham & Watkins are the two firms to have been appointed to Bridgepoint’s main transactional panel. Bridgepoint, which listed on the London Stock Exchange last year, reviews its key advisers […]

City duo seal £5bn real estate merger

Two City firms took the leading roles on a merger of London’s west end landlords, advising on the creation of a newly-minted property portfolio which is being valued at around £5bn. The Lawyer has learned that Hogan Lovells was on hand for Shaftesbury, and was spearheaded by corporate partners Nicola Evans and Anthony Doolittle. Herbert […]

The Hot 100 career quiz: Squire Patton Boggs’ Paul Mann

Name: Paul Mann Organisation: Squire Patton Boggs Based: Leeds Role: European head of private equity Trained at: Hammonds Year qualified: 2005 Read his Hot 100 profile here What’s your most vivid memory from being a trainee? We had a rotational training contract which allowed me to spend time in each of our London, Birmingham and […]


Morgan Lewis loses partner to Paul Hastings

Paul Hastings has hired its latest London partner from Morgan Lewis & Bockius, expanding its private equity team. Tom Cartwright joins the ranks of the firm in London after more than eight years at Morgan Lewis. Cartwright initially joined Morgan Lewis after he was poached from Taylor Wessing in 2014, with the remit of launching […]

London bus

HSF leads for Go-Ahead in £648m sale

Transport provider Go-Ahead, which provides bus and rail services across the UK, is to be sold in a deal valued at nearly £648m. Herbert Smith Freehills has secured the mandate from client Go-Ahead, with partners Stephen Wilkinson and Caroline Rae at the helm, along with lead senior associate Charles Steward. Linklaters meanwhile is representing the […]

Gherkin Kirkland

Kirkland and Freshfields score mandates on Boots bid

Kirkland & Ellis, Allen & Overy and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer are the law firms to have landed roles on a bid by a consortium made up of Apollo and Ambani’s Reliance Industries for retailer Boots. Under the offer, it is expected that its holding company Walgreens Boots Alliance will keep a minority stake. Since the […]

Tullow Oil

Corporate trio win roles on £1.4bn Tullow-Capricorn merger

Herbert Smith Freehills, Slaughter and May and Shepherd & Wedderburn are the law firms that have won roles on the merger of London-listed Tullow Oil and Edinburgh-based Capricorn Energy to create a new Africa-focused oil and gas company. The newly-minted company is expected to be valued at £1.4bn. Shareholders in Capricorn will own 47 per […]


DWF and DLA advise as Missguided secures rescue deal

DLA Piper and DWF have landed roles on the administration of Manchester-based retailer Missguided, which was today rescued by Frasers Group. The Lawyer has learned online retailer Missguided instructed DWF after the company collapsed last week and a wind-up petition was launched. Restructuring and insolvency partner Natasha Atkinson is at the helm of the team […]

Kirkland leads on £1.5bn bid for Countryside

Kirkland & Ellis and Norton Rose Fulbright are the two law firms to have scored mandates on San Francisco-based Inclusive Capital Partners’ (In-Cap) attempt to buy property developer Countryside Partnerships. In-Cap’s offer was valued at £1.5bn; it currently holds a 9 per stake in the business. Brentwood-based Countryside rejected the bid saying it had “materially […]

M&C Saatchi

Ashurst wins mandate on M&C Saatchi takeover

Ashurst is the firm that has won the mandate on advising communications company Next Fifteen on sealing a £310m takeover of M&C Saatchi. At the start of this year, The Lawyer reported that CMS won the mandate to advise M&C Saatchi with a team led by corporate partner Simon Morgan. This came after it had […]


Corporate trio lead on HomeServe’s £4bn sale

Linklaters, Slaughter and May and White & Case have scored mandates on the sale of UK repairs company HomeServe to Toronto-based Brookfield Asset Management for a deal valued at £4bn. Brookfield said in a statement that HomeServe’s shareholders will acquire £12 a share in cash, which will be financed by equity drawn from funds from […]