Private Equity & Venture Capital

Our private equity practice is both highly respected and active in the market. We regularly advise clients ranging from early-stage start-up companies seeking finance through to private equity institutions, family offices, sovereign funds, sellers of owner-managed businesses, lenders and management teams.

We advise on early-stage investments, investment structuring, risk mitigation, subsequent funding rounds, debt financing and equity reorganisation, as well as exits via trade sales, secondary buyouts, asset dispositions or IPOs.

If you’re an investee company, we can usually introduce you to private equity funders looking to invest in companies like yours.

We take a practical approach in advising our clients and are committed to delivering deals on time and within budget. In doing so, we provide advice that is both pragmatic and commercially sound.

Representative Private Equity & Venture Capital Work

Examples of our team’s private equity & venture capital work include:

  • Advised the shareholders of a substantial hospitality chain in connection with the disposal of a 33% interest in their business to a private equity investment fund. Enterprise value £90m.
  • Advised the founders and owners of Bread Holdings Limited (a high end chain of London coffee shops t/a Gail’s Artisan Bakery) on the sale, earn-out and rollover of the owners’ differing interests in the business to Risk Capital Partners. Enterprise value £23.4m.
  • Advised Poncho No 8 in connection with a substantial private equity investment.
  • Advised on the acquisition and financing of a controlling interest in the UK’s largest independent security services provider and the subsequent restructuring of the investment.
  • Advised the shareholders of a renowned luxury silver alloy business in connection with the sale of their shares and negotiation of detailed earn-out terms.

Key contacts:

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Martine Nathan

Partner Corporate and Commercial
Work 37-41 Bedford Row London WC1R 4JH United Kingdom Tel: +44 (0) 20 7611 2362


Martine acts and advises in relation to all aspects of corporate and commercial work. She heads our Technology and Communications Group and is also a certified data protection practitioner.

Martine is ranked as an expert in the Legal 500 and praised as being “acutely commercial”.

Martine specialises in non-contentious information technology / intellectual property work with an emphasis on e-commerce (especially online gaming), emerging technologies, payment and media/data platforms.  Martine has provided legal advice (both as commercial counsel and on transactional work) to very many entities within the on-line gaming services sector. A number of these clients engage Teacher Stern on a ‘retained’ basis and as such we undertake their complex commercial negotiations, acting as their “in-house” counsel.

Martine also provides data protection advice, acts on the sale and purchase of private companies, structures shareholder arrangements, joint ventures, advises on software contracts, and related services, outsourcing, shared service arrangements, data services, reorganisations and all complex commercial negotiations.

Further examples of work for Teacher Stern includes:

· acting for the founders and management on the sale of the Genius Sports Group (a global leader in sports data technology) to funds advised by Apax Partners (private equity);

· advising Brambles plc (Australian listed entity) on its acquisition of Airworld Containers Limited;

· leading (for a fully listed plc) its European legal team on its acquisition of a group of pan European companies;

· advising a sports data entity on the sale of its Asian operations;

· buying and selling telecom channel and energy resale partners and structuring resell business models;

· negotiating the transfer of a media delivery platform and business asset purchase;

· acting for Recall Limited on its acquisition of C21 Data Management Services (Scotland);

· acting for a booking platform company in raising private equity monies and documenting investment terms;

· selling a chain of health clubs;

· acting on the global procurement of financial software to international banks;

· advising the selling shareholders of the Made Simple Group (business products and services for  start ups and small companies) to Moneypenny Limited;

· acting for Corona Corporate Solutions Limited (print/copy and digital solutions) in connection with its acquisition programme including the acquisitions of Copylogic Limited, Bureautech Limited and CBE Solutions Limited;

· advising Eyecon Alderney Limited (online gaming slots software) on its  commercial negotiations with gaming operators and acting for its shareholders on their sale to Playtech plc;

· advising technology providers and licensees on all agreements ancillary to technology; evaluation agreements, maintenance and support arrangements, acceptance test procedures, integration, escrow arrangements, service level agreements (and credits for breach) and hosting; and

· providing data protection mapping, audits and GDPR compliance reviews, including training to clients.

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