Private equity

Whether you’re a private equity investor, investment fund or management team looking for equity funding, we can help. Our lawyers will guide you through everything from fund creation and structuring, portfolio management and tax planning to securing equity funding and your all important exit.

Helping to secure and manage private equity funding

Never has private equity funding been so challenging. Private equity funds find it difficult to leverage their investments because of the scarcity of credit, while management teams struggle to demonstrate a bullet-proof business case and secure funding.

Whether you’re an investor, management team or private equity shareholder, we understand what you need and can navigate the challenging environment in which you operate. We will help you with whatever you need, be it fund creation, structuring, tax planning or carried interest arrangements. If your fund is already established, we can advise on your portfolio management and growth issues. We will also help you to the all-important exit, by whichever route gives you best value.

If you are a management team looking for private equity backing, we will help maximise your chances and get you investor ready.

Our clients range from early stage technology businesses and spin-outs, angels and angel groups, to growing businesses requiring development or acquisition capital. We will help you to secure funding on reasonable and commercial terms and guide you through the buy-out process.

Our private equity lawyers

You will have a team of 13 lawyers to call upon.

You’ll also have access to our range of specialists in areas such as tax, intellectual property and employment law, ensuring you get a holistic, complete service.

Our experience

Our extensive experience includes:

  • Langholm Capital: a consumer sector private equity firm whose investments include Golden Wonder and Tyrrells Potato Crisps, The Bart Ingredient Company and Dorset Cereals. We advised on their acquisition of 120 year old, family-run Purity Soft Drinks.
  • Key Capital Partners LLP: an independent private equity fund. We advised them on the terms of their investment into a vehicle created to acquire Nurse Plus and Carer Plus (UK) Limited and acted for all shareholders on the purchase of the shares of these healthcare businesses. 
  • The Weetabix Food Company: the iconic UK breakfast food business. We helped their management team with a £1.2 billion sale of a strategic stake in the business from private equity fund, Lion Capital, to Bright Food, one of China’s leading food groups with global revenues of more than £12 billion.

Our clients include:

  • IQ Capital Partners LLP (IQ Capital Fund I LP)
  • Key Capital Partners LLP 
  • Langholm Capital LLP

What our clients and others say about us

We are pleased to have won Corporate Law Firm of the Year and led the Deal of the Year, both as voted for by our peers at the Insider Central and East England Dealmaker Awards 2012. We take the most pride in the feedback we receive directly from our clients: 

  • “The support, guidance and counsel received from Mills & Reeve was outstanding and ensured the timely completion of the transaction. We would be delighted to work with the team in the future.”
    CEO, Weetabix Food Company
  • “We were delighted to be able to turn to the experienced Mills & Reeve team for advice on our latest acquisition in the consumer sector. Their knowledge helpfully ensured the deal ran smoothly.”
    Langholm Capital

Legal resources you may find useful

  • LaunchPAD: Free information for entrepreneurs and start-ups, covering everything from raising finance to setting up a company structure and understanding employment, tax and commercial law. 
  • Technology Law Update: Updates, opinions and the latest UK technology law news in a blog by our technology lawyers.
  • HR Law Live: Our employment law blog written by our team of specialist employment lawyers, with regular commentary on the latest legal and policy updates affecting those with human resources responsibilities.

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