Gavin Gordon

Partner

London
Willkie Farr & Gallagher (UK) LLP
Citypoint, 1 Ropemaker Street
London EC2Y 9AW
T +44 20 3580 4719
F +44 20 3580 4800
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Gavin Gordon is a partner in the Corporate & Financial Services Department and the Private Equity Practice Group. He focuses his practice on leveraged buy-outs, mergers and acquisitions, and infrastructure transactions. Gavin has advised private equity funds and corporate clients on cross-border mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance transactions.

Gavin has advised many European and U.S. sponsors, including: ABRY, Alinda, Apax, Apollo, Arcapita, Arle (formerly Candover), Blackstone, CCMP, Centerbridge, Cerberus, Cinven, Cognetas, FTV Capital, GS Capital Partners, GTCR, Health Evolution Partners, KKR, LGV Ventures, New Mountain Capital, Pamplona, Park Square, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, Searchlight Capital Partners, Summit Partners, TH Lee, TPG, Triton and Vista Equity Partners.

Gavin is rated among the leading private equity practitioners by Chambers UK (2020), The Legal 500 (2021), IFLR1000 (2020) and Super Lawyers. Chambers has described him as "excellent" and “very commercial” highlighting that “he is praised by sources for his depth of knowledge in the private equity space” and “commercial, responsive and extremely knowledgeable”.

Gavin Gordon is a partner in the Corporate & Financial Services Department and the Private Equity Practice Group. He focuses his practice on leveraged buy-outs, mergers and acquisitions, and infrastructure transactions. Gavin has advised private equity funds and corporate clients on cross-border mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance transactions.

Gavin has advised many European and U.S. sponsors, including: ABRY, Alinda, Apax, Apollo, Arcapita, Arle (formerly Candover), Blackstone, CCMP, Centerbridge, Cerberus, Cinven, Cognetas, FTV Capital, GS Capital Partners, GTCR, Health Evolution Partners, KKR, LGV Ventures, New Mountain Capital, Pamplona, Park Square, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, Searchlight Capital Partners, Summit Partners, TH Lee, TPG, Triton and Vista Equity Partners.

Gavin is rated among the leading private equity practitioners by Chambers UK (2020), The Legal 500 (2021), IFLR1000 (2020) and Super Lawyers. Chambers has described him as "excellent" and “very commercial” highlighting that “he is praised by sources for his depth of knowledge in the private equity space” and “commercial, responsive and extremely knowledgeable”.

Selected Significant Matters

Gavin has advised on the following significant matters*:

  • Stanley Capital on its acquisition of global specialty pharmaceutical company, Noden Pharma DAC
  • FTV Capital in its growth equity investment in London-based pet insurer Bought By Many
  • Searchlight Capital Partners on its acquisition of Global Risk Partners, a leading UK based insurance brokerage business
  • FTV Capital on its acquisition of Sysnet Limited, a leading provider of cyber security and compliance solutions operating in over 60 countries worldwide
  • FTV Capital as lead investor in a funding round for CloudFactory, a UK headquartered provider of managed workforce solutions for artificial intelligence
  • Searchlight Capital Partners on its take private of Opus Group AB, a Sweden-based technology-driven global leader in the vehicle inspection and intelligent vehicle support markets
  • Advanced, a Vista Equity Partners portfolio company and the UK’s third largest software company, on its acquisition of leading legacy modernisation solutions provider Modern Systems
  • ABRY Partners on their preferred equity investment in Sermo, a global social network for doctors
  • KKR on its takeover offer for TelePizza Group SA
  • FTV Capital on its $40 million Series C financing round for Egress Software Technologies Ltd., a leading provider of data privacy and compliance software designed to secure unstructured data
  • H.I.G. Capital and General Atlantic on the sale of their investment in FNZ
  • FNZ Group on the acquisition of European Bank for Financial Services GmbH (ebase) from comdirect bank AG
  • Vista and its portfolio company Advanced on the acquisition of Docman, the market leading electronic document management, workflow and information sharing platform provider to primary and secondary care services
  • Pamplona Capital Management on the sale of Partner in Pet Food (‘PPF’), a market-leading European pet food company headquartered in Hungary, to Cinven
  • Vista Equity Partners on its acquisition of Allocate Software, a UK-based international leader in workforce management software for the healthcare sector
  • GTCR on its £1.0 billion sale of Callcredit Information Group Limited to TransUnion
  • Searchlight Capital on its sale of Ocean Outdoor to Ocelot Partners Limited
  • Searchlight Capital Partners in its acquisition of a significant stake in EOLO SpA, a leading broadband provider covering more than 10 million homes in central and northern Italy
  • Trintech, a leading provider of cloud-based financial reporting software and portfolio company of Vista Equity Partners, on its acquisition of Norwegian-based Adra Software
  • Vector Capital on its investment in Cloudsense, a leading commerce software as a service provider with operations across the United States, Europe and Asia-Pacific
  • Bain Capital and Cinven on their €5.4 billion joint public takeover of the German pharmaceutical company Stada Arzneimittel AG; to date the largest private equity transaction ever realized in the German market
  • KKR and its portfolio company Selecta on the acquisitions by Selecta of Pelican Rouge Group B.V. and Argenta
  • Vista Equity Partners and Misys on the acquisition of DH Corporation for an enterprise value of approximately C$4.8 billion
  • Cerberus Capital Management on the acquisition of a controlling interest in Staples’ European business
  • Maxis Communications Berhad in a transaction with Reliance Communications (RCOM) to combine RCOM’s Indian wireless business with Aircel Limited, a subsidiary of Maxis. The transaction is the largest ever consolidation in the Indian telecommunications sector and one of the largest merger of equals in India
  • Cinven on the acquisition of BioClinica
  • TPG Growth LLC on the acquisition of Frank Recruitment Group Limited (FRG)
  • KKR in connection with the initial public offering of Telepizza
  • Vista Equity Partners on the acquisition of Cvent, Inc.
  • Vista Equity Partners on the disposal of a majority stake in Sovos Compliance to HgCapital
  • Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan on the merger of their Bridon business with the global ropes and advanced cords business of Bekaert N.V.
  • Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan on the acquisition of a stake in Synlab
  • Searchlight Capital Partners on the acquisition with Duke Street of Fork Rent and One Call
  • Stats, a Vista Equity Partners portfolio company, on its acquisition of Prozone Sports
  • Pamplona Capital Management on the €315 million purchase of Partner in Pet Food
  • GTCR on its £462 million sale of Premium Credit Limited to Cinven Partners LLP. This transaction was named “Financial Services Deal of the Year” at The M&A Advisor 2016 International M&A Awards
  • TGI Fridays on the sale of the UK TGI Fridays business
  • Searchlight Capital Partners on its purchase of Ocean Outdoor
  • Vista Equity Partners on the £725 million take private of Advanced Computer Software Group plc
  • Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan on the £365 million acquisition of Bridon Limited
  • Summit Partners on the acquisition of Independent Vetcare Holdings
  • Agencyport Europe, a portfolio company of Thomas H. Lee Partners, on its £64 million sale of its European operations to Xchanging plc.
  • GTCR on its acquisition of Callcredit Information Group Limited
  • Taminco Corporation on the acquisition of the formic acid business of Kemira Oyj
  • Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan on the acquisition of Burton's Biscuits Company
  • FTV Capital on its investment in World First
  • New Mountain Capital on the £250 million acquisition of Alexander Mann
  • KKR on the $1 billion acquisition of The Crosby Group
  • FTV Capital on their $40 million investment in Credorax Inc.
  • KKR and Bayside in relation to the restructuring of Estro Group
  • ABRY Partners on the acquisition of Basefarm AS.
  • GTCR on the acquisition of Premium Credit Limited, asset value $1.45 billion
  • Vista Equity Partners on the $2 billion take private of software company Misys plc
  • Vista Equity Partners on the acquisition of Thomson Reuters risk management software business
  • Cinven and GS Capital Partners on the €1.8 billion sale of Ahlsell to CVC Capital Partners
  • Merlin Entertainments and Blackstone on the funding and development of Legoland Florida
  • Gala Coral on its £2.8 billion debt restructuring
  • British Midland plc on its £300 million sale to Lufthansa
  • Alinda Infrastructure on the acquisition of South Staffordshire Water
  • Merlin Entertainment Group and Blackstone in Merlin's £2 billion merger with The Tussauds Group and subsequent £622 million sale and leaseback of certain properties
  • RUSAL Limited on its $30 billion merger with domestic rival SUAL International Limited and the alumina business of Swiss natural resources group Glencore International AG
  • RUSAL on the $15 billion acquisition of a stake in Norilsk Nickel
  • A consortium led by Netcare Healthcare Holdings Ltd and Apax Partners on the £2.3 billion acquisition of General Healthcare Group
  • Tragus Group and Blackstone on the £140 million acquisition of Strada Restaurants
  • Blackstone and Forest Bidco on the £205 million acquisition of Center Parcs
  • Management of Countrywide on the Countrywide restructuring
  • Various management teams on buy-out transactions including the management of the Ambassadors Theatre Group, Svendborg Brake and Saft Batteries
  • NIBC Infrastructure on the acquisition of Welcome Break
  • The management and employees of Lehman Brothers Investment Banking Division on their transfer to Nomura
  • Balfour Beatty Capital on its acquisition of Blackpool Airport and the proposed acquisition of Belfast City Airport

*Gavin advised on some of these matters prior to joining Willkie.

Prior Experience

Prior to joining Willkie in 2019, Gavin was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis International LLP.