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Clare Gaskell
 

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 other corporate matters, including minority and preferred equity investments, consortium transactions, restructurings and management equity plans, with a particular focus on private equity and other financial sponsor clients. Based in the Firm’s London office, she has particular experience in law and regulation applicable to UK-listed companies and handles complex cross-border transactions with international counterparties. Clare was recently recognized by Chambers UK for her private equity practice. She has also been named “Transatlantic Dealmaker of the Year” by LegalWeek, “Best in Private Equity” by Euromoney Europe Women in Business Law, and a “Hot 100: Dealmaker” by The Lawyer.

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Work Highlights
  • KKR in its recommended offers for London-listed ContourGlobal plc for total offer consideration of £1.75 billion and John Laing Group plc for total offer consideration of £2 billion and other European take-privates including Ocean Yield (Oslo Stock Exchange) and Albioma (Euronext Paris)
  • Lone Star in its acquisition of Manuchar NV 
  • CBRE in its acquisition of a 60% interest in and entry into a strategic partnership with Turner & Townsend for a cash consideration of approximately £960 million, and in its recommended cash offer for Telford Homes plc
  • H.I.G. in its acquisition of KPMG’s UK restructuring business
  • KKR in its acquisition of a majority stake in Coty Inc.’s professional beauty and retail hair businesses (now known as Wella), with an enterprise value of $4.3 billon, and Wella in its acquisition of Briogeo
Accolades
  • Chambers UK (Private Equity: Buyouts)
  • The Legal 500 UK (Private Equity: Transactions – High-Value Deals)
  • IFLR1000 (“Women Leaders”)
  • LegalWeek (“Transatlantic Dealmaker of the Year”)
  • Euromoney Legal Media Group Europe Women in Business Law Awards (“Best in Private Equity”)
  • The Lawyer (“Hot 100: Dealmakers”)
  • Law360 (Private Equity)
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 private equity firms and corporate clients on private M&A and public takeovers as well as equity capital markets transactions and other corporate matters, including minority and preferred equity investments, consortium transactions, restructurings and management equity plans, with a particular focus on private equity and other financial sponsor clients. Clare has particular experience in law and regulation applicable to UK-listed companies and handles complex cross-border transactions with international counterparties. Clare was recently recognized by Chambers UK for her private equity practice. She has also been named “Transatlantic Dealmaker of the Year” by LegalWeek, “Best in Private Equity” by Euromoney Europe Women in Business Law, and a “Hot 100: Dealmaker” by The Lawyer. 

Clare’s experience includes the representation of:

  • KKR in its recommended offers for London-listed ContourGlobal plc for total offer consideration of £1.75 billion and John Laing Group plc for total offer consideration of £2 billion and other European take-privates including Ocean Yield (Oslo Stock Exchange) and Albioma (Euronext Paris)
  • Lone Star in its acquisition of Manuchar NV 
  • CBRE in its acquisition of a 60% interest in and entry into a strategic partnership with Turner & Townsend for a cash consideration of approximately £960 million, and in its recommended cash offer for Telford Homes plc
  • H.I.G. in its acquisition of KPMG’s UK restructuring business
  • KKR in its acquisition of a majority stake in Coty Inc.’s professional beauty and retail hair businesses (now known as Wella), with an enterprise value of $4.3 billon, and Wella in its acquisition of Briogeo
  • Global Blue Group AG, a portfolio company of Silver Lake Partners, in its merger with Far Point Acquisition Corporation, a special purpose acquisition company listed on the New York Stock Exchange
  • Calisen PLC and KKR in Calisen’s £337.4 million London main market IPO
  • KKR in its acquisition and carve-out of Unilever’s baking, cooking and spreads business (now known as Upfield), for a total consideration of €6.825 billion
  • Gates Industrial Corporation plc, a portfolio company of Blackstone, in its $841 million IPO on the New York Stock Exchange
  • Multiple other engagements for KKR, including its investment in a $4 billion infrastructure deal with the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), its acquisitions of A-Gas and stakes in Cognita and Avincis, the sales of LGC and its stake in BMG, and various investments in and disposals of its stakes in listed companies
  • Multiple engagements for Blackstone, including its acquisitions of Acetow and Armacell and its recommended offer for AIM-traded Japan Residential Investment Company Limited
  • Other financial sponsor-backed London main market IPOs, including Ascential plc (Apax), Auto Trader Group PLC (Apax) and Pets at Home Group Plc (KKR)
  • Melrose Industries PLC in its acquisition of NASDAQ-traded Nortek, Inc., its contested public offer for Charter International PLC and the sale of its Elster and Dynacast businesses
  • Various private equity portfolio and public companies in capital reorganisations, governance and disclosure requirements, management equity plans 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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      Clare Gaskell named “Best in Private Equity” at Euromoney Europe Women in Business Law Awards 2019