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Clare Gaskell
Partner
 
CityPoint | One Ropemaker Street
London EC2Y 9HU EN
 
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Clare Gaskell advises private equity firms and corporate clients on private M&A and public takeovers as well as equity capital markets transactions and general corporate matters. Based in the Firm’s London office, she has particular experience in law and regulation applicable to U.K. listed companies. Clare regularly handles complex cross-border transactions, including with U.S. counterparties and on a global basis.

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Work Highlights
  • KKR in its €6.825 billion acquisition of Unilever’s baking, cooking and spreads business, the largest European leveraged buyout announced in 2017
  • Gates Industrial Corporation plc in its $841 million IPO on the New York Stock Exchange
  • KKR in its acquisition of A-Gas and of its stake in Cognita and the sale of its stake in BMG and of Avincis
  • Blackstone in its acquisitions of Acetow and Armacell and its recommended offer for AIM-traded Japan Residential Investment Company Limited, implemented by way of scheme of arrangement
  • Ascential plc and Apax in Ascential’s £800 million London main market IPO
  • Melrose Industries PLC in its acquisition of NASDAQ-traded Nortek, Inc. and the related fully underwritten equity rights issue and various other matters
  • Auto Trader Group PLC and Apax in Auto Trader’s £2,350 million London main market IPO
  • Pets at Home Group Plc and KKR in Pets at Home’s £1,225 million London main market IPO
Accolades
  • 2017 “Next Generation Lawyer” in Private Equity: Transactions – Large-Cap Deal Capability, The Legal 500 UK
  • 2016 “Rising Star” in Private Equity, Law360
Education
  • Nottingham Law School, 2002 Diploma in Legal Practice
  • Nottingham Law School, 2001 Postgraduate Diploma in Law
  • St. John’s College, Cambridge, 2000 B.A. (Hons) in History
Associations
  • Member of the Law Society (England and Wales)
Admissions
  • England and Wales 2005

A Corporate Partner in Simpson Thacher’s London office, Clare Gaskell advises on both private M&A and public takeovers as well as equity capital markets transactions (including IPOs) and general corporate matters. She has represented private equity firms through all stages of the investment cycle and corporate clients across a range of industries. Clare has broad experience with English law and U.K. regulation, with particular experience in law and regulation applicable to U.K. listed companies, and regularly handles complex cross-border transactions, including with U.S. counterparties and on a global basis. Clare serves as co-chair of the Firm’s Personnel Committee.

Her recent experience includes the representation of:

  • KKR in its acquisition and carve-out of Unilever’s baking, cooking and spreads business (now known as Upfield), which is a global leader in plant-based nutrition that is present in 69 countries globally. The transaction was the largest European leveraged buyout announced in 2017 with a total consideration of €6.825 billion (US$8.02 billion)
  • Gates Industrial Corporation plc, an English public limited company and a portfolio company of The Blackstone Group L.P., in its $841 million IPO on the New York Stock Exchange
  • KKR in its acquisitions of A-Gas, a leading expert in the lifecycle management of specialty gases and chemicals, and of its stake in Cognita, the international schools group, and the sale of its stake in music rights management company BMG to Bertelsmann
  • Blackstone in its acquisitions of Acetow, the global producer of cellulose acetate tow, and Armacell, the global manufacturer of flexible foam products for equipment insulation and technical applications
  • Ascential plc and Apax in Ascential’s £800 million London main market IPO
  • Blackstone in its recommended offer for AIM-traded Japan Residential Investment Company Limited, implemented by way of scheme of arrangement
  • Melrose Industries PLC in its acquisition of NASDAQ-traded Nortek, Inc. and the related fully underwritten equity rights issue, two new holding company schemes, amendments to its share incentive arrangements, its contested public offer for Charter International PLC and the sale of its Elster and Dynacast businesses and subsequent returns of capital to shareholders
  • Pamplona in the sale of a controlling stake in Alvogen, the pharmaceuticals business, to a consortium led by CVC
  • Auto Trader Group PLC and Apax in Auto Trader’s £2,350 million London main market IPO
  • World Helicopters and KKR in the sale of Avincis, the emergency and offshore helicopter services group, to Babcock International Group PLC for an enterprise value of €2.0 billion, and previously KKR in its acquisition of a 49.9% stake in Avincis and Avincis in its acquisition of Bond Aviation Group
  • Pets at Home Group Plc and KKR in Pets at Home’s £1,225 million London main market IPO
  • Expro International in the sale of its connectors & measurements business to Siemens for an enterprise value of $630 million
  • various private equity portfolio and public companies in capital reorganisations, governance and disclosure requirements, and other company law and financing matters

Clare received her B.A. in History from St. John’s College, Cambridge as well as a Post Graduate Diploma in Law and a Diploma in Legal Practice from Nottingham Law School.

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