Richard Lever is a partner in the firm’s Private Equity group.

Mr. Lever focuses on complex domestic and cross border transactions. Mr. Lever represents private equity houses, financial institutions, corporates, founders and management teams in a wide range of corporate finance matters and private equity transactions, including leveraged buyouts, venture capital, minority investments, management incentive schemes and corporate restructurings. His work has included transactions in a variety of industry sectors including software technology, on-line services, healthcare, retail, hospitality and leisure, industrials and business services. Mr. Lever also has experience with investment fund related M&A such as the sale of fund managers, the “spin outs” of investment fund managers from banks and other institutions and the establishment of fund management vehicles.

Prior to joining Goodwin, Mr. Lever was a partner at SJ Berwin/King & Wood Mallesons, where he co-led the corporate group.

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Advising Private Equity Firms
  • Investcorp 
    • on the US$1 billion GP-led secondary of its European PE business to a new fund with Coller Capital as its corner stone investor
    • on its investment in Georg Jensen, the Danish based jeweler and luxury retailer*
  • Partners Group 
    • on the acquisition of UK high street restaurant chain, Côte Restaurants, by way of a pre-pack administration sale
    • on the acquisition of Key Retirement Group, a UK-based retirement and financial planning specialist, from Phoenix Equity Partners
  • TA Associates 
    • on its minority investment in DOCUNordic, a leading provider of business intelligence and data analytics services within the construction, real estate and healthcare markets in Scandinavia, Central Europe and Iberia
    • on the buyout of Compusoft, a computer aided software design business
    • on the sale of 10Bis to Takeaway
    • on its investment in ITRS Global Holdings, a provider of real-time monitoring and analytics software to the financial services sector
    • on its investment in Russell Investments Limited, a diversified global asset manager that offers investment products and advice to institutional investors, financial advisors and individual investors
    • on its investment in Tyrrells Snacks for Amplify Snack Brands
  • Graphite Capital 
    • on the sale of Standard Brands, manufacturer of solid and liquid firelighters
    • on its investment in Empowering Learning, a teacher training and recruitment business
    • on the sale of Park Holidays, a UK holiday park business, to Caledonia Investments*
    • on the sale of Kurt Geiger, the luxury shoe retailer*
    • on its investment in U-POL, an automotive refinish products provider*
  • ECI Partners 
    • on the sale of Encore Tickets to TodayTix, backed by Great Hill Partners
    • on the buyout of 4Ways, a leading, high growth, teleradiology company
    • on the sale of Kelvin Hughes, navigational instruments and radar business
    • on the sale of Chartco, an electronic mapping business
    • on the investment in Citation, the UK’s leading provider of employment law, health & safety and ISO certification business*
  • G Square
    • on the acquisition of Dental Care Group, a clinical-led dentistry business
    • on its investment in Brookdale Healthcare, the leading specialist provider of care and support for adults with challenging and complex needs
    • on its investment in Keys Group, innovative care and education provider for children and young people in the UK and Ireland
    • on its investment in Tracscare, provider of residential care for people with mental health problems, brain injuries, learning disabilities and autism*
  • Better Capital
    •  on its investment in CAV Aerospace, aircraft fuselage manufacturers
    • on the Sale of Santia, a leading health and safety accreditation services business*
  • Nordic Capital on its offer to acquire EPiServer, a software company that offers technology to support content, commerce and marketing in one platform, including solutions for smart personalisation and intelligent campaigns
  • JMI Equity on the buyout of Core HR, a leading provider of employment software to SMES
  • Webster Equity Partners on the acquisition of Vivona Brands from Inflexion, which delivers on-trend beauty, wellbeing and lifestyle brands to global fast fashion and beauty consumers
Investment Fund Related M&A
  • the shareholders and executives of Pantheon, the leading fund of funds managers to Russell Investments Limited
  • the executive managers of the spinout and sale of BNP Paribas cleantech fund to a vehicle owned by the managers which became Glennmont
Advising Corporates
  • Exclusive Networks on its investment in Nuaware, a UK-based specialized software distributor in DevOps, Cloud and Cloud Native technologies. Exclusive Networks are ultimately owned by funds managed by Permira

  • Amcor plc
    • on the sale of 100% of the equity in Bemis Healthcare Packaging Limited, Bemis Healthcare Packaging Ireland Limited and Bemis Elsham Limited, to Kohlberg & Company for approximately US$400 million
    • on the US$2.25 billion acquisition of Alcan Packaging from Rio Tinto*
    • on the proposed acquisition of Constantia Flexibles from One Equity Partners
    • on the sale of Tobepal to Constantia Flexibles*
  • Mitratech, a developer of legal software on the acquisition of CMO Software, a provider of governance risk and compliance software
  • Citation on the acquisitions of QMS, the leading provider of ISO certification services and Bibby Consulting
Advising Founders and Management
  • advised the founder of Aerotechnics, a civil aircraft maintenance business, on the majority investment by Graphite Capital
  • advised the founder and management of Explore Learning, a leading provider of private after-school tuition in the UK, on the majority investment by Graphite Capital*
  • advised management on the sale of Phase Eight, the women’s clothing retailer, to Towerbrook Capital Partners*
  • advised management on the sale of Education Personnel to ICG*

*Denotes experience prior to Goodwin.

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Mr. Lever is ranked as a leader in private equity by major UK legal directories, including Chambers, Legal 500 and IFLR1000. Clients report being impressed by Mr. Lever’s ability to “defuse and navigate challenging situations and find solutions,” stating that “he has really good deal judgement, is available and gets on with it.” Mr. Lever has also been commended for his “really strong commercial judgement” and for providing “direct and succinct advice … critical in the context of complex transactions.” Mr. Lever has been named a “Star of the Future” by Legal Business magazine.

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