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Clifford Chance adds private equity partner to team

Neil Evans is to re-join Clifford Chance in January 2022 as a private equity partner based in London.

Having originally practised at Clifford Chance, and then Simpson Thacher Bartlett, Evans re-joins from Mayer Brown’s private equity practice having advised on transactions with a range of clients, including Blackstone, KKR and Bain Capital.

Evans’s appointment reflects Clifford Chance’s continued investment in its global private equity practice. The firm has over 700 private equity lawyers globally and the team supports clients throughout the world’s major financial centres and emerging markets. Recent highlights include advising on Clayton, Dubilier & Rice’s bid for Wm Morrison Supermarkets; KKR and Roompot on the envisaged acquisition of Landal GreenParks from Platinum Equity; Cinven on the acquisition of a majority stake in True Potential, a wealth management company; Blackstone on the public takeover of NIBC Bank; EQT on the initial acquisition and recent IPO of Azelis on Euronext Brussels. Advising Permira and Cinven-backed Allegro, on its listing on the Warsaw Stock Exchange, the second largest capital raise in Europe at the time of launch; and Permira-backed alterDomus on its strategic acquisition of New York-based technology provider Investors Economic Assurance.

Clifford Chance Global Head of Private Equity Jonny Myers, says: “Holistic, high quality and commercially-focused experience and insight has been at the heart of our private equity practice since we began working alongside the pioneers of the industry. Now more than ever, this is what the sector needs, and Neil Evans will play a key role ensuring that we remain best placed to support private equity as it plays a transformative role in the global economy. I am delighted to welcome home Neil Evans, and we look forward to continuing our success together.”

Evans adds: “Returning to Clifford Chance feels like coming home. Having had a great start to my career at the firm, I am excited to be able to bring the benefit of my experiences in the wider industry back to work alongside familiar faces. A pioneer in the sector, Clifford Chance has enviable European and global capabilities, and I look forward to working hand in hand with my new colleagues and clients on the investments that will shape the future.”

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