Martin Weatherston-Wilson


Martin Weatherson-Wilson
Martin Weatherston-Wilson is a Corporate partner in London. He advises both private equity sponsors and corporates on a broad range of domestic and cross-border transactions, including buyouts, private M&A, takeovers, equity issues, management incentive programmes, reorganisations and general corporate advisory matters.

Representative experience includes:


  • Advent International and its portfolio company, Mangopay, on the acquisitions of Nethone and WhenThen
  • Advent International on its investment in Planet
  • Advent International and its portfolio company, Planet, on the acquisitions of Proximis and Avantio
  • Advent International on its acquisition of Hoist Group, and the subsequent bolt-on of protel Hotelsoftware
  • Bain Capital on its majority acquisition of Kantar from WPP
  • Berkshire Partners on its acquisition of Teraco Data Environments
  • Kantar on the acquisition of StepUp RGM by its joint venture with SilverTree Equity
  • Sun European Partners on its acquisition of K3 Capital
  • Sun European Partners on its acquisition of Sports & Leisure Group
  • Wejo Limited on its $1.1 billion business combination with Virtuoso Acquisition Corp., a SPAC sponsored by Virtuoso Sponsor LLC


  • Berkshire Partners on its sale of Teraco Data Environments
  • Kantar (a portfolio company of Bain Capital) on the $375m carve-out and sale of its Health division to Cerner Corporation
  • Kantar on the establishment of a joint venture structure with SilverTree Equity and the contribution of its Xtel business division
  • SEAF on its sale of ABCom to Vodafone Albania
  • SEAF on its sale of American Hospital
  • Westinghouse on its c. $4.6bn sale to Brookfield Business Partners and pre-completion restructuring

Takeovers / P2Ps

  • Bain Capital on its £1.2bn takeover of esure Group
  • Lone Star on its take-private of McCarthy & Stone
  • Groupe Fnac on its £914m takeover of Darty*
  • Highland Gold Mining on its £1bn recommend pre-conditional mandatory takeover offer by Fortiana Holdings
  • TUI Travel on its £4.5bn takeover by TUI AG*
  • Willis Towers Watson on its proposed $80bn combination with Aon


  • Aston Martin in a £200m private placement of preference shares*
  • Water Intelligence on several placings on London’s AIM market
  • Wejo on a minority investment by General Motors, several advance subscription rounds, and a convertible loan funding round from the UK Business Bank’s Future Fund

Block Trades

  • KKR on a $466m block trade of shares in Pets at Home Group plc*
  • Blackstone and CVC on a series of block trades of shares in Merlin Entertainments, raising c. $2bn in aggregate*


* indicates a matter handled before joining Weil.

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