Claire McDaid

Partner

London
Willkie Farr & Gallagher (UK) LLP
Citypoint, 1 Ropemaker Street
London EC2Y 9AW
T +44 20 3580 4709
F +44 20 3580 4800
cmcdaidwillkie.com

Claire McDaid is a partner in the Corporate & Financial Services Department. She focuses on private equity and corporate M&A transactions and is co-head of Willkie’s European Committee. Claire advises principally private equity sponsors, family offices and strategic investors on a variety of cross-border investment transactions, including leveraged buyouts, complex carve-outs, club deals, growth equity, recapitalizations and liquidity transactions.

Claire has particular experience in the distressed and turnaround sphere, advising a variety of stakeholders in such transactions, including ‘loan to own’ strategies, the protection of existing investments and the reorganization and recapitalization of investments. 

In addition, Claire is regularly called upon to advise on corporate law matters in the United Kingdom, and has advised a number of U.S. private equity clients on establishing their U.K. advisory operations. 

Claire has worked across a broad range of sectors worldwide, including retail, chemicals, telecoms, financial services, renewable energy and technology and has acted for PAI Partners, Genstar, Insight Venture Partners, JC Flowers, Bregal Freshstream, H.I.G. Capital Partners, Davidson Kempner amongst others. 

The IFLR1000 cites Claire as a ‘Notable Practitioner’.

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Claire McDaid is a partner in the Corporate & Financial Services Department. She focuses on private equity and corporate M&A transactions and is co-head of Willkie’s European Committee. Claire advises principally private equity sponsors, family offices and strategic investors on a variety of cross-border investment transactions, including leveraged buyouts, complex carve-outs, club deals, growth equity, recapitalizations and liquidity transactions.

Selected Significant Matters

  • Bregal Freshstream in its acquisition of UK holiday park operator Away Resorts (2019)
  • PAI Partners in its acquisition of World Freight Company International (2018)
  • JC Flowers & Co LLC in its establishment of Lloyds broking platform through the acquisition of SSL insurance Group and Endeavour Insurance Services (2018)
  • Genstar Capital and its portfolio company Apex Fund Services in the acquisition of IPES from Silverfleet Capital (2018)
  • PAI Partners in its investment in Refresco (2017)
  • Davidson Kempner Capital Management LP in a number of European investment transactions, including in connections with the NJJ-led consortium’s acquisition of eircom (2017) 
  • Bregal Freshstream in its investment in Intergas (2017)
  • Insight Venture Partners in its investment in Darktrace (2017)
  • Minor International in its acquisition of Corbin & King from Graphite Capital (2017)
  • Bregal Freshstream in its investment in Euro-Caps (2017)
  • Captain Train and its founders in its sale to Trainline.com, a KKR portfolio company (2016)