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Private Equity

Charles Russell Speechlys has an experienced Private Equity team that boasts an indepth knowledge of advising on all aspects of private equity transactions including MBOs, MBIs, buy-and-builds, secondary buy-outs and exits.

We act for private equity houses, management teams and investee companies and have the capability to act on all stages of the private equity life cycle from fund formation, to investment, to ultimate exit. Members of the team have experience of working on the full range of private equity transactions from small cap to some of the largest deals.

One unique aspect of our offering is our strong private client presence, which gives us access to family offices, high and ultra-high net worth individuals as well as business owners.  This presents opportunities from a private equity perspective, including in relation to assisting deal origination and ability to refer transactions.

We also have a full service offering in all areas necessary to support private equity transactional work including strong Banking & Finance and Corporate Tax teams with experience of advising on all aspects of debt financing and tax related matters relevant to private equity transactions. In addition, we have teams in the full suite of specialist areas including intellectual property, competition, employment, pensions, real estate, commercial dispute resolution and restructuring.



Advised the management team of Almatis, the world’s leading supplier of premium alumina for the refractory, ceramic and polishing industries, on the sale of Almatis by Dubai International Capital, the private equity arm of Dubai Holding, to OYAK, Turkey’s largest private pension fund.

Business Growth Fund

Advised Business Growth Fund (BGF) on its investment in Four Communications, one of the UK’s leading independent communications agencies. London head-quartered Four Communications also has offices in Edinburgh, Abu Dhabi and Dubai. This is our fifth transaction involving investment by the BGF.

Management team

Advised the management team led by Bruno Burban and Benoit Debray on their investment alongside Blue Water Energy in Excellence Logging, a new oil field services company.


Advised the management of NCE, one of the leading providers of data centre services and solutions across the globe, on the MBO of the company, backed by Equity Investors and Rockpool Investments.

Clive Christian OBE

Advised Clive Christian OBE on his sale of a majority stake in the Clive Christian Group to EME Capital and a consortium of co-investors including Sir Brian Souter, Ann Gloag and Jon Moulton.


Advised an international group of HNWIs on their co-investment, alongside Spectrum Equity, in Ethoca, a leading global provider of collaboration-based technology enabling card issuers, e-commerce merchants and online businesses to increase card acceptance, reduce fraud and recover lost revenue.

Silver Cross

Advised the shareholders of Silver Cross, the heritage British high-end baby brand founded in 1877, on a sale of the company to Fosun International, China’s leading investment group.

FF&P Private Equity

Advised FF&P Private Equity on the management buy-out of Kallidus Holdings Limited, the leading human capital management software business.

Elysian Capital

Advised Elysian Capital and the senior management team on the sale of The Landscape Group, one of the largest and longest established green service specialists in the UK, to idverde, the largest landscape construction and maintenance business in France, backed by Chequers Capital.