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Derek W. Baird
Partner
 
CityPoint | One Ropemaker Street
London EC2Y 9HU EN
 
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Derek Baird is one of our UK qualified Corporate partners based in our London office. He has represented a number of private equity firms and corporate clients on domestic and cross-border acquisitions, public-to-private transactions, disposals and equity capital markets transactions. 

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Work Highlights
  • Ascential plc, a portfolio company of funds advised by Apax Partners, in its initial public offering and admission to the Official List in the UK and to trading on the London Stock Exchange
  • Funds advised by Apax Partners LLP in connection with the acquisition and subsequent disposal of Rhiag Inter Auto Parts Italia S.p.A.
  • Apax Partners in the acquisition by funds advised by it of Azelis S.A., Wehkamp, Idealista and Unilabs
  • CBRE Group in its acquisition of Norland Managed Services Limited for £250 million plus up to £50 million of deferred contingent consideration
  • Charterhouse Capital Partners in the sale of TSL Education Group Limited to TPG Capital, and in its acquisition of Skillsoft and SumTotal
  • Auto Trader Group plc and funds advised by Apax Partners in connection with the  possible IPO of Auto Trader
  • Nanjing Xinjiekou Department Store Co., Ltd. in its acquisition of House of Fraser
  • Office Depot Inc. in the divestiture of its European operations
  • KKR-backed United Group in its proposed acquisition of Croatian and Slovenian media assets
Education
  • Glasgow University, 1990 Diploma in Legal Practice
  • Glasgow University, 1989 LL.B Law
    (Hons)
Admissions
  • Scotland 1992
  • England and Wales 2001

Derek Baird is a Partner in the Firm’s London office. His practice focuses on public and private mergers and acquisitions and capital markets work for private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies and other corporate clients, in the United Kingdom and elsewhere in Europe.  He has been involved in private equity transactions from the start of his legal career over a quarter of a century ago.  He also advises other types of clients on similar transactions.

Key matters on which Derek has worked in recent years include representing:

  • Charterhouse Capital Partners in the sale of TSL Education Group Limited to a company wholly owned by funds managed by TPG Capital LLP

  • CBRE Group in the acquisition of Norland Managed Services Limited
  • Funds advised by Apax Partners LLP in the acquisition and subsequent disposal of Rhiag Inter Auto Parts Italia S.p.A.
  • Funds advised by Apax Partners LLP in the acquisition of Guardian Media Group’s interests in Auto Trader Group
  • Charterhouse Capital Partners in the acquisition of Skillsoft and the subsequent acquisition by Skillsoft of SumTotal
  • Nanjing Xinjiekou Department Store Co., Ltd. in its acquisition of House of Fraser
  • KSL Capital Partners in the acquisition of ESPA International
  • Auto Trader Group and funds advised by Apax Partners LLP in the initial public offering by Auto Trader Group and its admission to the Official List in the UK and to trading on the London Stock Exchange
  • Funds advised by Apax Partners LLP in the acquisition of Azelis and the subsequent acquisition by Azelis of Koda Distribution
  • Funds advised by Apax Partners LLP in connection with the listing of Capio AB on the Swedish Stock Exchange
  • Funds advised by Apax Partners LLP in the acquisition of Wehkamp
  • Funds advised by Apax Partners LLP in the acquisition of Idealista
  • Ascential plc and funds advised by Apax Partners LLP in the initial public offering by Ascential plc and its admission to the Official List in the UK and to trading on the London Stock Exchange
  • Office Depot Inc. in the divestiture of its European operations
  • Funds advised by Apax Partners LLP in the acquisition of sole control of Unilabs
  • KKR-backed United Group in its proposed acquisition of the Croatian and Slovenian media portfolio of Central European Media Enterprises

Prior to joining Simpson Thacher, Derek was a partner at Allen & Overy LLP, where he was Global Co-Head of the Private Equity sector group.

Derek was admitted as a solicitor in Scotland in 1992 and in England & Wales in 2001. He has been recognized for many years by Chambers UK in Private Equity: Buyouts (UK-Wide) and as a leading individual in Private Equity: Transactions (London) by The Legal 500 United Kingdom. He is listed in Who’s Who Legal as one of the world’s leading M&A lawyers. Derek received his undergraduate LL.B. law degree in 1989 with First Class Honors and was awarded a diploma in Legal Practice in 1990 from Glasgow University.

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