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White & Case strengthen EMEA PE practice with two new partners

Global law firm White & Case LLP is strengthening its EMEA private equity practice with the addition of partners Ian Bagshaw and Richard Youle in the London office.

Bagshaw and Youle are recogniszed leaders in private equity, with extensive experience in all forms of leveraged M&A and portfolio assistance, including restructuring advice. They will join from Linklaters, where they co-headed the private equity group.
“As the European economy continues its recovery, private equity in Europe will see increasing opportunities,” says John Reiss, head of the White & Case Global Mergers & Acquisitions Practice. “The addition of these talented individuals will allow us to capitalize on these opportunities.”
White & Case already has strong private equity practices in France, Central and Eastern Europe, Turkey, Germany and the Nordic Region. The arrival of Bagshaw and Youle, combined with the recent addition of Ross Allardice, strengthens the Firm’s London private equity team and rounds-out the private equity offering in EMEA.
Jan Matejcek, who heads the Firm’s EMEA Mergers & Acquisitions practice, says: “London is increasingly emerging as the hub for private equity transactions throughout EMEA. Our new London private equity partner team of Ian, Richard and Ross will be able to draw on our full service capability in London including strong corporate, acquisition finance and high yield financing teams as well as on-the-ground support in virtually all the key markets where private equity houses invest. We believe this offering will really resonate with our clients.”
A clear benefit for clients is the synergy with the Firm’s EMEA Bank Finance practice, which already has excellent relationships with a number of European private equity funds. The addition of the two new partners will drive the Firm’s capability to advise the sponsor side in transactions to complement the advice currently offered to lenders in other deals.
Budapest-based partner Rob Irving, who heads the White & Case private equity practice in Central and Eastern Europe and Turkey, says: “English law is increasingly used to govern large cross-border private equity deals in most EMEA markets and it’s clear that our clients will derive additional benefit from the combination of further strategic investment in our private equity English law capability and the existing breadth of our geographic coverage and strong related practices.”

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