Private Equity Department

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What the team is known for Prominent firm with a significant private equity offering in Portugal, Spain, Germany and the UK. Also has important offices in France and Italy. Advises pension funds, together with private equity firms, on investments in multi-jurisdictional target companies. Further activity in take-private transactions and has experience in the co-ordination of dual-track sale processes for the exit of Norway-headquartered portfolio companies.

Strengths"It is a highly recognised law firm in our local market and has good lawyers across Europe," reports one source, going on to state: "We appreciate how they negotiate, as they are balanced and look for common goals and solutions."

"In private equity deals it is important that you have a group of partners working together as a team. At Linklaters you do have that; there is good loyalty between the partners and they share relationships effectively," says another interviewee.

Notable practitioners

Alex Woodward in London co-heads the firm's global financial sponsors practice group. Ralph Drebes leads the German practice from Frankfurt. Alejandro Ortiz and Fabrice de La Morandière are key contacts in Madrid and Paris respectively.