Private capital

A&O Shearman’s global private capital team advises fund managers, fund investors, portfolio companies and management teams across the full investment lifecycle.

Black and white open purse

We provide unrivalled expertise on the design and execution of complex and innovative cross-border structures and transactions, supporting our clients at the most senior level. 

We act on everything from fund formation to financing and capital markets deals, M&A, regulatory issues, tax matters, disputes, financial restructurings and insolvencies, leveraging our unrivalled expertise, creativity, and industry knowledge, to deliver outstanding results for our clients.  

Advice for every investment strategy 

We provide strategic counsel to funds pursuing a range of strategies, including private equity, private credit, infrastructure, real estate, and special situations. We also act for the world’s leading sovereign wealth funds, pension funds, family offices and insurance companies.  

Our lawyers have a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing the private capital industry, and provide solutions-oriented and practical advice tailored to our clients' needs. 

Our global, multidisciplinary team spans the U.S., U.K., Continental Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific. We have dedicated lawyers in all the major financial centres across the world, enabling us to advise our clients wherever they do business. 

Representative matters

  • Bridgepoint and the shareholders of Element Materials Technology on the sale of Element to Temasek for a reported USD7 billion. This included the negotiation of a certain funds staple financing package. 
  • A consortium comprising Carlyle, JLC Infrastructure, Ullico and Ferrovial on the USD9.5bn deal to develop, construct and operate the new Terminal One at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City.  
  • CDPQ on its USD5bn acquisition and financing of interests in three of DP World’s flagship assets in the UAEMacquarie Capital on its acquisition of an 85% interest in Excel Telesonic India Private Limited. Known as CloudExtel, they are a leading Indian digital infrastructure operator. 
  • Mubadala Capital on its acquisition, with Fortress Management, of Fortress Investment Group from Softbank Group Corp.Starwood on its financing of the acquisition by entities owned by funds managed or advised by Blackstone Inc. and its affiliates of Crown Resorts Limited, a publicly listed Australian gaming company. 
  • Japan Industrial Partners (JIP) on its fund structuring and fundraising in connection with a JIP-led consortium’s successful tender offer of JPY2 trillion for Toshiba Corporation. 
  • The debt financiers on Asda's GBP2.2bn acquisition of EG Group's UK and Ireland operations, one of the largest private debt deals in the UK market. 

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