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Corporate (Private Equity) Associate

Osborne Clarke LLP
London (Central), London (Greater)
Closing date
1 Mar 2021

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Vacancy Type
Solicitors – Private Practice
Contract Type
Practice Area
Corporate, Private Equity
Experience Level
0-2yrs PQE, 2-5yrs PQE, 5+ yrs PQE
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Job Details

"..seasoned industry experts, with a significant depth and breadth of experience." – Chambers & Partners

We are looking for an Associate to join our highly regarded Corporate team in London to focus on Private Equity work. Having advised on a large number of deals with an aggregate value in excess of £2 billion in recent years, the number and range of transactions we undertake is what really sets us apart. This is a fantastic opportunity to join a well-respected team, known for having an entrepreneurial outlook and approach, and work on exciting deals both nationally and internationally.

The practice

Our Private Equity team provides advice throughout the investment lifecycle, from deal structuring to exit. We provide results-focused, legal advice in leading private equity and growth capital transactions and advise on all aspects of investments such as buy-outs, exits, growth capital, operational issues, portfolio acquisitions, setting up new funds and structural issues.

Our transactional private equity practice approaches the market with three distinct offerings: our financial sponsor offering targets the private equity houses for new platform investment work as well as portfolio bolt on's and exits; our family office offering targets high net worth's and family offices investing into unquoted stocks taking control or non-control stakes; and our management advisory team works with management teams, typically on larger mandates outside the traditional investment size of our financial sponsor clients. A selection of our financial sponsor clients include: Alcuin Capital Partners, Ambienta, BGF, Caledonia Private Capital, Growth Capital Partners, Horizon Capital, LDC, Mobeus Equity Partners, RJD Partners, Synovia and Tenzing Private Equity. We operate within key sectors such as digital business and financial services.

Increasingly we have started to be considered as the European firm of choice for middle market US Private Equity firms looking to deploy capital throughout Europe and have recently won investment mandates from the likes of Pamplona Capital Management and Five Elms Capital as well as broadening our relationship with firms such as The Jordan Company and New Mountain Capital.

To find out more about the practice, please see the link below.

The team

"They have good strength in depth. It's a big team with hands-on, experienced partners." – Chambers & Partners

The London Private Equity team is made up of 4 Partners, 3 Associate Directors, 1 Senior Associate, 3 Associates and 1 Trainee Solicitor. Spanning all three of our UK based offices, the Corporate department is made up of 80 lawyers in total.

The work

Our recent experience includes:-

Advising the senior management team of the NEC on its buyout funded by Blackstone

Advising DeA Capital, Hunt, IP and Management on the sale of Corin Orthopaedics to Permira

Advising Alcuin Capital Partners on its investments into Servelec Controls, Jenkins Shipping and Gravitas Recruitment Group

Advising Tenzing Private Equity on its investments in Converge TS, CitNOW, Ticketer, EIKON, activpayroll and VIPR and sale of FMP Global to IRIS Software Group, backed by Hg

Advising Caledonia Unquoted Investments and management on the sale of CHOICE to iCON

Advising the management team of OrthoD on its secondary buyout funded by Apposite Capital

Advising Synova on its investments in Mintec Global, Mediatonic, Preventx and JM Glendinning and the sale of 4Ways Healthcare and Meritsoft

Advising the sellers and management of G3 Comms to Apiary Capital

Advising the management team of Linnaeus Group on its sale to Mars, Inc

Advising Lovehoney Group and management on the investment by Telemos Capital

Advising the management team of Sterling Pharma of its buyout funded by GHO Capital

Advising Beavertown Brewery on the investment by Heineken

Advising Mobeus Equity Partners on its investments in Geotech, Travel & General, Ventrica and Access Partnership

Advising the management team of The Morgan Motor Company on the management buyout funded by Investindustrial

Advising the sellers and management of Vendigital on the investment by Livingbridge

Advising the management team of ByBox Holdings on its tertiary buyout funded by Francisco Partners

Advising the founders of Finantix on their private equity deal with Motive Partners

Advising LDC on its investments in Plimsoll Productions and James and James Fulfilment and the sale of Snell Advanced Media to Belden Inc

Advising ALIZETI capital on the acquisition of the Tote from Betfred

Advising the sellers and management of Sparta Global on the investment by Inflexion Private Equity

Advising BGF on its investments in Amdaris, Oxbotica and Snipple

Advising Growth Capital Partners on its investments in Indigo Telecom Group, CubeLogic and GTS Flexible Materials

Technical skills and experience

The right candidate will have ideally have gained specific knowledge and experience of a range of Private Equity transactional work, although this is not a pre-requisite. We are also open to considering candidates with more in-depth experience within Mergers & Acquisitions work but with an appetite to broaden their experience.

We are looking for candidates who are interested in contributing to the strategy of the practice and are interested in developing their skills in addition to fee-earning.

Due to the nature of the work and the structure of the team, we are looking to an Associate lawyer, although we will consider candidates with more or less experience.

Your career development

Like all our lawyers, you will benefit from our multi-award winning career development programme. At each stage of your career this provides you with:

  • clear expectations of your role and what it takes to progress;
  • high quality clients and work, with early responsibility and client exposure;
  • thorough assessment and individual feedback from a range of experienced colleagues;
  • robust technical training with early skills based development, increasingly tailored to you; and
  • reward for your contribution, progression and potential, rather than PQE or tenure.

Salary and benefits

We offer competitive salaries and generous benefits.

For more information or to apply

At Osborne Clarke we welcome direct applications - if you would like any further information about the role, or the firm, we would be delighted to hear from you. Please contact, in complete confidence, Emily Webb in the Recruitment team on


At Osborne Clarke, we are known for our open and inclusive culture. We believe that by investing in the diversity and wellbeing of our people, we create an environment where everyone can thrive and be the best that they can be. This means recognising that our people have lives and commitments outside of work. We have invested in connected working for our people and, where possible, we will accommodate flexible working for all our roles.


Osborne Clarke LLP is energetic, forward thinking and client focused. Refreshingly unstuffy, this is an open and collaborative environment and we place great emphasis on teamwork rather than traditional hierarchies.

We use our experience, expertise and imagination to give clients tailored, practical, commercial advice that makes a difference to their business. When it comes to giving clients an opinion, we won't sit on the fence.

We know several important industry sectors inside out and we have particular expertise in Digital Business, Energy and Utilities, Financial Services and Real Estate & Infrastructure. Our International reach gives our clients access to global expertise.

Our mix of home-grown talent coupled with our strategic lateral recruitment activity delivers our vision.

Our comprehensive learning and development programme coupled with our competitive benefits package means we attract and retain the best talent. Development of the best talent is at the heart of what we do.

If you've got the drive, talent and imagination to succeed, we'd love to hear from you.

We know where we are going. Join us.

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+44(0) 117 917 3000
2 Temple Back East
Temple Quay
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