Expert private equity law firm committed to the regional mid-market equity scene

Blake Morgan LLP is an expert private equity law firm with a highly regarded team of lawyers who offer the complete private equity life cycle service, representing early through to late stage companies, management teams, investors, financial institutions and lenders. With five UK offices located in London, Wales and in between, stretching across the Thames Valley and the South, we have the resources, experience and the focus to deliver mid-market and lower mid-market deals locally in the regions and in London.

Whether you are a first-time or experienced team we can advise on growth equity, acquisitions, re-financings, leveraged buyouts, MBOs and exits. We further enhance this expertise from our wider highly regarded corporate, M&A, ECM (equity capital markets) and banking and finance practices to provide a one-stop shop for private equity backed transactions.

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Main Areas Of Practice


Our private equity lawyers advise on:

Growth equity

No matter how new or established a business is, ambitious management teams want to grow. Our expertise includes venture and development capital.

Buyouts

Whether acting for the investor, management team, bank or private equity backed business, our experienced Private Equity team will look after your specific interests.

Acquisitions

Be it the maiden deal for a private equity backed group or as part of an established buy and build strategy with portfolio acquisitions, our expertise together with our wider corporate group of specialist lawyers in our M&A, Tax, Employment, Pensions, Real Estate and Intellectual Property teams are on hand to ensure a complete service is provided.

Exits

At some point the investor, bank and/or management team will wish to exit, and depending on the circumstances there will be alternative divestitures which our experienced teams (including our wider Corporate, M&A and ECM teams) will guide our clients through, whether that be a sale, spin-off, liquidation, joint venture or IPO.

Debt finance

Working closely with our Banking and Finance team, we advise on various debt financing arrangements, including secured and unsecured senior, mezzanine and subordinated debt facilities, working capital facilities, term loans and acquisition finance.

Our Clients


Our Private Equity team acts for private equity houses and institutions, family offices, investors, shareholders, management teams, portfolio companies, lenders and buy and build groups.

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"I was delighted with the expertise and advice provided by Blake Morgan who continue to deliver high-quality advice, support and commitment to the Zip World group at every stage of the process. I was particularly impressed with their ability to deliver effective and pragmatic advice ensuring that the deal completed within the agreed timescales and it meant that I had confidence that all of the important legal aspects of the deal were being dealt with effectively. I would happily recommend Blake Morgan to others."
- Sean Taylor, Director and Co-founder at Zip World in respect of an investment from LDC.


"The transaction with Ignite was the right time for us and represents an exciting new venture for Ignite. I am very grateful to Mat and his team for their pragmatic advice throughout the sale process. In a deal such as this it's important to have lawyers who you can rely on and who really understand our approach and how we think. Once again, they have taken the time to really understand our business objectives; providing invaluable support based on their sector knowledge and experience …"
- Oliver Sargent, former CEO at Cornerstone Healthcare in respect of an exit to Ignite Growth.


"We have recently worked with Blake Morgan on two separate occasions and in each case we received excellent advice and support one would expect during both transactions. Well done Blake Morgan."
- Terry Musson, Managing Director at Amberon Group in respect of an investment from LDC and subsequent exit.


"Very clear and professional approach. They have some real strength, depth and talent which runs across the department.”
- Chambers UK A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession 2019


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- The Legal 500 2019


Highlights


Our private equity experts advised LDC on a secondary buyout of Vista Technology Support Group plc from Westbridge Capital, Octopus and management, with debt funding provided by HSBC.


We advised Bestport Capital on the MBO of underfloor heating specialist Nu-Heat UK Limited. Bestport backed the management team to acquire the business from the founder shareholders.


Our private equity lawyers advised the management shareholders of two newly formed care home groups in relation to their equity and debt investments alongside a private equity house, a senior institutional funder and an institutional mezzanine funder, making up a total investment of £49m.


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