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Geoffrey Bailhache
 

Geoffrey Bailhache

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London EC2Y 9HU EN
 
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Geoffrey Bailhache is a Partner in Simpson Thacher’s Mergers and Acquisitions Practice. Geoff has deep experience as a former Managing Director and General Counsel for Europe, the Middle East and Africa at Blackstone, where he spent more than 10 years advising their Private Equity and Tactical Opportunities, Energy and Infrastructure Groups on complex, cross-border private equity mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, take private transactions and dispositions, among other corporate matters. Based in London, he has extensive experience spanning across geographies and industries.

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Work Highlights
  • Blackstone Infrastructure Partners, as part of a consortium of investors including CDP and Macquarie, in their acquisition of a controlling stake in Autostrade per l’Italia, one of Europe’s leading toll road operators
  • Blackstone Capital Partners in its investments in Desotec, Huws Gray and Esdec Solar Group
  • Huws Gray in its acquisition of the generalist builders’ merchanting business of Grafton Group plc
  • Blackstone Tactical Opportunities in its investment in Currencies Direct 
  • Blackstone Infrastructure Partners in its announced acquisition of Altantia SpA
  • Five Arrows Principal Investments in its investment in Causeway Technologies
  • Bourne Leisure, a portfolio company of Blackstone, in its agreement to sell Butlin’s, the British chain of seaside resorts, to a newly formed company backed by the Harris family
  • Experience prior to Simpson Thacher includes guiding Blackstone in:
    • Its $3.9 billion take private acquisition of Paysafe Group, its approximately €1.36 billion public takeover of NIBC, its acquisition and subsequent sale of Rothesay Life, its purchase of CIRSA and in the acquisition of a majority stake in Luminor by a consortium led by Blackstone 
    • Its £2.4 billion sale of Centre Parcs, its $2.1 billion sale of Versace and its divestment of Armacell
    • The IPOs of Scout24, Merlin Entertainments and Intertrust
Education
  • University of Nottingham, 2001 LL.B.
Associations
  • Former Board Member, Invest Europe
Admissions
  • England and Wales 2005

Geoffrey Bailhache is a Partner in Simpson Thacher’s Mergers and Acquisitions Practice. Geoff advises on clients on complex, cross-border private equity mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, take private transactions and dispositions, among other corporate matters. Based in London, he has extensive experience spanning across geographies and industries.

Prior to joining Simpson Thacher, Geoff was a Managing Director and General Counsel for Europe, the Middle East and Africa at Blackstone. In that role, he provided transactional advice for more than 10 years to Blackstone’s Private Equity and Tactical Opportunities, Energy, Infrastructure and Growth Equity Groups. Geoff also previously spent several years in private practice, advising on private equity mergers and acquisitions.

Geoff is a former member of the Board of Invest Europe. He received his LL.B. from the University of Nottingham in 2001. He is admitted to practice in England and Wales.

Recent work highlights include:

  • Blackstone Infrastructure Partners, as part of a consortium of investors including CDP and Macquarie, in their acquisition of a controlling stake in Autostrade per l’Italia, one of Europe’s leading toll road operators
  • Blackstone Capital Partners in its investments in Desotec, Huws Gray and Esdec Solar Group
  • Huws Gray in its acquisition of the generalist builders’ merchanting business of Grafton Group plc
  • Blackstone Tactical Opportunities in its investment in Currencies Direct 
  • Blackstone Infrastructure Partners in its announced acquisition of Altantia SpA
  • Five Arrows Principal Investments in its investment in Causeway Technologies
  • Bourne Leisure, a portfolio company of Blackstone, in its agreement to sell Butlin’s, the British chain of seaside resorts, to a newly formed company backed by the Harris family
  • Experience prior to Simpson Thacher includes guiding Blackstone in:
    • Its $3.9 billion take private acquisition of Paysafe Group, its approximately €1.36 billion public takeover of NIBC, its acquisition and subsequent sale of Rothesay Life, its purchase of CIRSA and in the acquisition of a majority stake in Luminor by a consortium led by Blackstone 
    • Its £2.4 billion sale of Centre Parcs, its $2.1 billion sale of Versace and its divestment of Armacell
    • The IPOs of Scout24, Merlin Entertainments and Intertrust

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