Lewis Blakey

Biography

Lewis Blakey
Lewis Blakey is a Private Equity partner in London, specialising in advising private equity and other financial investors on buyouts (including complex carve-out and public-to-private transactions), growth equity/minority investments, and exits (including sales and IPOs).

Lewis has been widely recognised as a rising star of the private equity market, including in Legal 500 UK 2022 (Next Generation Partner) and 2021 (Rising Star), and by Legal Week in both 2018 and 2020, and was a key member of the team awarded 2020 Private Equity Team of the Year at the Legal Business Awards for its work advising Bain Capital on the $4bn acquisition of 60% of Kantar from WPP Group. Legal 500 states that Lewis “is a rising star, who will quickly become a leader in his field”, who has an “extremely commercial perspective, with a mind that can consider the question from all angles.

In 2018, Lewis was seconded to Advent International, where he served as European Counsel, advising on acquisitions, disposals and other matters.

Lewis’ recent experience includes leading teams advising:

  • Advent International on the acquisition, together with Viking Global, of Global Processing Services
  • The consortium led by Advent International on the $8bn offer for Swedish Orphan Biovitrum AB (SOBI)
  • PSG on the acquisition of Sign In App
  • Aleph Capital on the entry into a strategic partnership with the J. Safra Group to create a leading pan-European non-performing loan platform and debt collection agency
  • Cobham (a portfolio company of Advent International) on the: (a) $2.83bn carve-out and sale of its Mission Systems division to Eaton Corporation plc; (b) $965m carve-out and sale of its Aerospace Connectivity division to TransDigm Group Inc.; (c) carve-out and sale of its Aviation Services UK division to Draken International (a portfolio company of Blackstone); and (d) carve-out and sale of its Slip Rings division to Naxicap
  • Kantar (a portfolio company of Bain Capital) on the: (a) acquisition of Numerator from Vista Equity Partners; and (b) carve-out and sale of its Health division to Cerner Corporation
  • Transaction Services Group (a portfolio company of Advent International) on the merger with Clearent (also a portfolio company of Advent International) to form Xplor Technologies
  • Advent International as lead investor in the $220m Series D fundraising of Shift Technology, which was valued at more than $1bn
  • M&G Catalyst: (a) as lead investor in the $168m Series B fundraising of Vaccitech, a spin-out from the University of Oxford which co-invented the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, and on the IPO of Vaccitech; and (b) on the investments in Storegga Geotechnologies and Plastic Energy
  • Hornetsecurity (a portfolio company of PSG) on the acquisition of Altaro
  • Aareon (a portfolio company of Advent International) on the acquisitions of Arthur Online, Fixflo and Tilt Property Software
  • Advent International and Bain Capital on various investments in the payments sector, including most recently on the €7.8bn merger of their portfolio companies Nexi and Nets and the merger of Nexi with SIA
  • Aleph Capital and Crestview Partners on the simultaneous acquisitions and merger of Framestore and Company 3 / Method
  • PSG on the merger of its portfolio company MAPAL Software with Flow Hospitality
  • Advent International on the £4bn take private of Cobham plc
  • Bain Capital on the $4bn acquisition of 60% of Kantar from WPP Group (for which Weil was named 2020 Private Equity Team of the Year at the Legal Business Awards)
  • Advent International on the acquisition of Transaction Services Group and numerous add-on acquisitions
  • As Advent International’s European Counsel, on the acquisitions of Circet, Deutsche Fachpflege Gruppe, GE Distributed Power (now INNIO), Laird and Zentiva, the disposals of Ammeraal Beltech, KMD, MAXAM and Mondo Minerals, and the merger of Nets with Concardis
  • Lone Star on the €1bn acquisition of a 75% stake in Novo Banco from the Portuguese Resolution Fund

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