UK: Private Equity Group: Strategic Expansion
Last Updated: 26 November 2001

Gouldens are significantly enhancing their presence and market share in the private equity arena. We have dedicated additional resources to meet increasing client requirements in this fast growth area and have already won new high profile private equity business.

The private equity group is led by Adam Greaves, who is acknowledged as a premier private equity lawyer. We have also recently appointed Michael Nouril as a corporate partner. Michael is experienced in a full range of corporate transactions with a particular focus on venture and development capital and has responsibility for Gouldens’ technology activities.

Gouldens have also recently appointed Matthew Hudson, a former private equity partner with SJ Berwin, as a non-executive to its private equity team. In 1998 he joined Cabot Square Capital, a private equity group established by Credit Suisse First Boston. Last year, Matthew formed his own technology investment and management company, far blue plc. He will be assisting Gouldens in the continuing strategic development of their private equity practice.

Gouldens’ private equity team completed 66 private equity investments in 2000, advising over 16 equity providers including ABN AMRO, Aberdeen Murray Johnstone, Amadeus Capital Partners, BancBoston Capital, Botts & Company, Brainspark, Cazenove Mezzanine Fund, Close Brothers Private Placements, Gresham Trust, Indigo Capital, Strand Associates, Sovereign Capital, UBS Capital, West LB Panmure Private Placements and 3K Digital.

Gouldens have also continued to build on the recent publication of the Burgess Report on Venture Capital (published in March 2000 by the Centre for Policy Studies), authored by the firm’s senior partner, Patrick Burgess. The report has been widely acclaimed for its contribution to the ongoing debate on extending the domestic enterprise culture.

Further details on Gouldens’ private equity group are available on request.

What the team has to say

Adam Greaves : "Gouldens have made a strategic decision to invest significantly in their long established private equity practice. We have responded to increased client demand and industry growth by expanding our dedicated team to provide a total private equity solution."

Matthew Hudson : "I am pleased to be supporting Gouldens on their expansion into the private equity industry. As the industry grows, it increasingly needs full service support from major law firms."

Notes to Editors

The Gouldens’ private equity group offers a commercial, solution-based approach to private equity services with expertise in equity, debt, fund structuring and IPO/exits. Strong in vital specialist areas including tax and intellectual property, and supported by a network of European lawyers, Gouldens offers a total industry solution.

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