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Welcome to Private equity

Private equity funding has grown in popularity in recent years as an increasing number of companies across a wide range of industry sectors discover the advantages it can bring to their business.

Equally the rise of private equity firms shows no sign of stopping as a wide variety of specialists enter the market looking to invest in sound businesses with good management teams.

Private equity transactions can have a transformational effect on a business, not just in terms of the additional financial muscle they provide but also from the input of experienced professionals who have a track record of growing successful companies. Many wealthy businesses were helped along the way by the use of private equity funding.

However, private equity investments also bring their own challenges to management teams and owners alike and professional advice from experienced, knowledgeable experts in the sector can make a major difference to the success or otherwise of a private equity transaction.

Fortunately, at Ward Hadaway we can offer one of the most experienced private equity specialist teams around.

With vast experience and a track record of advising on a wide range of transactions, we can help whether you are an early stage company looking at your first potential private equity transaction or a business looking to change private equity partners.

If you are new to private equity we can give to you the wealth of our experience of such transactions. In particular at the outset we like to sit down with management teams and explain what is likely to be involved in the transaction and what life is likely to be like after the transaction.

We regularly travel the country meeting private equity funders to obtain their views on the market and to understand their investment criteria. This helps us better advise our clients on such transactions over and above the pure legal advice.

As well as acting for companies looking for private equity injections, we also advise a series of private equity firms on their investments so we are able to look at any transaction with a genuine all-round perspective.

Tax is a critical factor in any private equity transaction and with our team including two tax partners we can provide comprehensive advice on the issues and structuring of private equity transactions.

Our experience also enables us to move quickly to secure a transaction without ever compromising the interests of you and your business.

To find out more about our approach to private equity transactions, please get in touch.

Take a look at some of our previous private equity work.

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What our clients say

  • "We have been very impressed with Martin and the team at Ward Hadaway – they have done a great job and we would have no hesitation in recommending them."

    Sean Wadsworth, CEO and co-founder, Nigel Frank International
  • "We chose to use Ward Hadaway having been very impressed with the team when they were working on the other side of a previous investment we made. Their experience in private equity investments of a similar complex nature has been invaluable, and Katherine Hay-Heddle's persistence and professionalism has helped ensure the successful completion of this deal"

    Natalie Eastham

Independent verdict

  • “Ward Hadaway attracts the respect of the business community for its range of high-quality work. This strong team is involved in a range of capital markets, private equity and venture capital transactions."

    Chambers & Partners
  • "Maintains an excellent reputation for private equity work, representing private equity houses and target companies. "

    Chambers & Partners
  • "We get advice that we can rely on, and at the right time, which is the most critical driver for us."

    Client quote, Chambers & Partners
  • “Clients note that ‘the firm has an excellent cross-section of lawyers, the resources to cope with tight timescales and is excellent value for money - we trust it to come up with the goods on any legal matter’.”

    Chambers & Partners
  • "What is good about Ward Hadaway is that you get partner-led service."

    Client quote, Chambers & Partners