Key Experience

  • Experienced private equity and M&A lawyer focused on complex cross-border M&A (particularly carve-outs) and private equity transactions
  • Most frequently represents private equity firms, infrastructure investors and corporates on transactions in the energy (particularly downstream and midstream), infrastructure and healthcare / life sciences sectors
  • Regularly represents clients on deals involving Africa, Latin America and transatlantic take private transactions

Practice

Simon Rootsey works with private equity firms, infrastructure investors and corporates on complex cross-border M&A (both public and private) and private equity transactions across a broad range of sectors and in multiple regions.  Simon frequently represents clients in the energy (especially downstream and midstream), infrastructure and healthcare / life sciences sectors where he has particularly deep experience.  Simon regularly works with clients on transactions across Africa (where he has worked on deals covering over 30 African jurisdictions), Latin America and transatlantic take private transactions or other transactions where U.S. clients are investing (often for the first time) in Europe.

Representative Work

  • Vitol Investment Partnership and/or Vitol Group (one of the world’s largest commodity trading houses) in relation to its $1.15 billion sale of 50 percent of the VTTI Group (one of the largest independent global energy terminal businesses) to NYSE listed Buckeye Partners.*
  • Helios Investment Partners (a leading Africa-focused private investment firm) in relation to the $1.45 billion IPO of Helios Towers Africa (a leading Sub-Saharan independent tower company) on the premium-listing segment of the London Stock Exchange.*
  • Vitol Investment Partnership/Vitol Group and Helios Investment Partners in relation to Vivo Energy’s approximately £2 billion IPO on the London Stock Exchange and Johannesburg Stock Exchange (being one of the largest ever Africa-focused IPOs).*
  • Formation Capital (a U.S. based private investment management firm) in relation to its $763 million acquisition of the HC-One Group (the U.K.’s largest elderly health care home group).*
  • Nikkei Inc (the Japanese media organization) in relation to its $1.3 billion acquisition of the Financial Times from Pearson (a FTSE 100 member).*

Recognition