Private Equity


Private equity has for many years been a major growth engine of UK merger and acquisition activity.

Our team have acted on many private transactions for UK and overseas private equity houses. We also regularly act for exiting shareholders and management teams on private equity backed exits.

Key private equity Services

  • Portfolio side buy and build
  • Sell side to PE backed acquirers
  • Management teams on roll forward and sweet equity participations
  • Disinvestments
  • Partial exits and roll forwards
  • Protection of PE funds on exits
  • Exits via IPOs  

Work examples

  • Horizon Capital on numerous portfolio acquisitions for Churches Fire  
  • Gimv on several UK acquisitions including Summa’s acquisition of CadCam Techology and Grandeco’s purchase of Holden Decor 
  • Bowmark Capital backed Totalmobile on the cross border acquisition of Geopol
  • Waterland Private Equity as sponsor of Diversi Foods on its acquisition of Montana Bakery
  • Down2Earth Capital in partnership with Gimv on the cross border acquisition by Contraload NV of Packaging Logistics Services from Bibby
  • CatenaLucis on its multiple investments in and the subsequent listing on AIM (market cap on admission £92m) of Abingdon Health plc
  • Horizon Capital as backer of Totalmobile on acquisitions including Cloud Dialogs, Technological Business Solutions, Lone Worker Solutions and Global Rostering Systems
  • Waterland Private Equity on the sale of its Diversi Foods interests to Oetker Gruppe
  • Shareholders on sales to PE-backed purchasers, including Cerberus, ECI, Cairngorm, Infracapital, EQT Partners and Kings Park Capital
  • Management teams on equity participation on deals backed by, among others, YFM Private Equity and Inflexion Capital

How we work with you

Whilst based in the South of England, Paris Smith acts for businesses and families throughout the UK. Technology has enabled us to provide a high level of service to our clients whether they are local to our offices or not. Our advice can be given in many ways:

  • Over the telephone
  • Via video conferencing
  • In face to face meetings

We will talk through how you would like to be contacted and the best ways for us to meet in our early conversations with you.

Meet the team

Our Private Equity team is made up of 1 partner, 1 associate and 2 solicitors. You can find their contact details below.

Introducing your key contact

Michael Moore
Partner – Corporate



How we’ve helped our clients

“These were key acquisitions for us and enhance the portfolio of services we can now offer to a wide range of sectors. Amanda and the team at Paris Smith became an integral part of our deal team and provided great commercial, practical and legal advice within tight timeframes. We would recommend the team whole heartedly.”

Jim Darragh, Chief Executive – Totalmobile


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