Venture Capital and Private Equity Services

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Venture Capital and

Private Equity Services


Big ambitions

for business

As one of the fastest growing law firms in the UK,

like you, we have big ambitions for our business,

and share the drive of investor and investee

companies to achieve success.

With private equity now accounting for a fifth of all UK M&A activity, Irwin Mitchell’s specialist corporate team is playing a vital role in achieving successful outcomes for investors and private capital-backed management teams.

Our advice extends to all stages of the venture capital and private equity life cycle, from start-up and initial investment, through to developing growth, later stage strategies, and exit.

We offer pragmatic and commercially focused support before, during and after investment, with a firm emphasis on unlocking the potential of the transaction to deliver the best advice and value to investee and investment clients. We understand the drivers and the constraints which funds work within, and place the interests of the investor and the investee company at the heart of our private equity and venture capital services.

“The team acts commercially and pragmatically with a good

balance between the legal aspects and helping us achieve

our goals from a business point of view.”

- Legal 500, 2014


Chamonix Private Equity

Portfolio management services, including advice to Mettis Aerospace

on regulatory and contractual issues

Sector: Aerospace

Business Growth Fund

Advising BGF of investments in the Horbury Group and Nationwide Cleaning Services, also acting for the

management team of The Bulldog Hotel Group on its investment from BGF

Sector: Construction, support services, hotels

YFM Equity Partners

Advising on financing arrangements to support the MBO of Macro Art Limited, also advising YFM on the

disposal of Winder Power

Sector: Digital printing, energy


Advising on JV arrangements to acquire UK real estate assets,

aggregate value £50m+

Sector: Real estate


Advising Redevco on the sale of its entire Turkish portfolio to affiliates of

the Blackstone Group

Sector: Real estate

Brookside Equity Partners

Advising on the acquisition of a light manufacturing business in the UK

Sector: Manufacturing


ASK4 Limited

Advised ASK4 on its sale to Darwin Private Equity

Sector: Technology

SCIO Inspire Holdings Inc

Advised US-based SCIO Health Analytics on its acquisition of Data

Intelligence (backed by Sequoia Capital)

Sector: Technology

Spear and Jackson Limited

Advised the management team of Spear and Jackson on their MBO from parent company United Pacific


Sector: Manufacturing

Reconomy (UK) Limited

Advising Bregal Capital-backed Reconomy on the acquisition of Countrywide Waste Management

Sector: Waste management

Iceotope Limited

Advised on the equity investment by Aster Capital and Ombu Group

Sector: Technology

Sunrise Medical Holdings


Advising Equistone-backed Sunrise Medical on the acquisition of RGK

Wheelchairs Limited

Sector: Medical devices manufacturing


Efficiency: as a national firm, we offer an accelerated transaction process to deliver the best advice and value to our clients. We commit to meeting your preferred charging model, including fixed and contingent pricing structures.

Networking: with dedicated teams

in Birmingham, Leeds, London and Sheffield, we have strong local networks and will look to leverage those for the benefit of our clients.

A long term view: we are involved in

all stages of the private equity life cycle from start-up and seed capital - to later stage funding rounds and, ultimately, exit.

Expertise: aside from legal expertise,

we have significant knowledge of market practice. We advise owners and managers of investee companies, angel and high net-worth investors, funds and portfolio companies.

Scale: we are the largest full-service law

firm in the UK with 2,200+ staff.

International: a growing proportion

of the private equity deals we advise on involve funds from outside the UK and we are experienced in handling the international aspects of these transactions.

Why instruct us?

Irwin Mitchell has developed a fixed price service called

IMportfolio which is specifically for private equity portfolios.

This service provides the opportunity to leverage a portfolio’s purchasing power and achieve cost savings to facilitate the harmonisation and standardisation of legal documentation. All delivered predominantly on a regional basis. We also provide investors with a range of management

information tools to assist fund managers and investor directors to identify issues, manage risk, track performance, monitor spends and horizon watch.

IMportfolio - a full service package

Services include:

• Banking and finance

• Commercial, outsourcing, technology

• Company secretarial services

• Corporate recovery/turnaround

• Debt recovery (‘Ascent’)

• Dispute resolution/litigation

• Employment - IMhrplus

• Intellectual property

• Pensions

• Portfolio M&A

• Private client services

• Real estate

• Regulatory

• Tax



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“They have their finger on the pulse and their judgement is

second to none.”

- Chambers & Partners, 2015

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