Charles Leeming is a partner in our Corporate and Private Equity teams in the UK, having recently joined from a New York-based international law firm.

    Charles’ expertise covers all types of corporate work, in particular private equity and mainstream public and private mergers and acquisitions (locally, nationally and internationally). On the private equity side, he will deliver all aspects of corporate transactions, ranging from advising private equity houses/sponsors and the portfolio company, shareholders and management teams. On the corporate side, Charles advises a wide range of clients, from owner-managers to PLCs.

    “Charles is user-friendly and committed to delivering for his clients. He goes above and beyond to understand the client’s goals and critical items (especially timetable for key deliverables) for each matter and applies that throughout the approach to, and delivery of, the legal service, resulting in ‘to-the-point’, efficient and commercial advice.” Paul McCreadie, Partner, ECI Partners.

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    Private M&A

    • Representing D&C Brands on the sale of Dr. Organic Group Ltd, a pioneer in the natural/organic personal care sector, to Damier Group (2021).
    • Representing The Craftory on its investment in Freddie's Flowers (2021).
    • Representing the selling shareholders (including Great Hill Partners) of Reward Gateway on its announced sale (subject to the satisfaction of certain regulatory conditions) to Castik Capital and Abry Partners (2021).
    • Representing the founders and other selling shareholders of Qmee (one of the Top 100 fastest-growing Tech companies in Europe according to the FinancialTimes1000 2021) on their sale to funds advised by private equity sponsor, CapitalD (2021).
    • Representing US corporate and PE-backed (Oak Hill Capital Partners), Safe Fleet, on its acquisition of Durite, the UK’s leading brand for electrical, lighting and vehicle safety aftermarket products for commercial vehicles (2021).
    • Representing Lloyd's Register in connection with the carve-out and sale of its Energy services business to Inspirit Capital (2020).
    • Representing ECI on the acquisition of 100% of the issued share capital in CSL (Dualcom), the international critical communications service provider (2020).
    • Representing Apax in connection with its acquisition of the Baltic Classifieds Group.
    • Representing KKR in connection with its carve-out acquisition across over 60 jurisdictions of Unliver’s "Spreads" business (now Upfield).
    • Representing KKR in connection with its acquisition of A-Gas.
    • Representing Apax on its acquisition of the remaining stake in Unilabs.
    • Representing Pamplona on its sale of and reinvestment in Alvogen to a CVC-controlled consortium.

    Public M&A

    • Representing Blackstone on the sale by it, and its consortium (GIC, CPPIB and Thomson Reuters), of Refinitiv to The London Stock Exchange Group plc in a reverse takeover whereby the sellers will receive c.37% of the economic entitlement and c.30% voting rights in the enlarged group.
    • Representing Silver Lake in its take-private of ZPG plc (Zoopla).
    • Representing Blackstone on its take-private of Japan Residential Investment Company Limited.

    Joint Ventures

    • Representing Blackstone on its shared ownership and affordable rent joint venture with Regis Group plc (Sage Housing).
    • Representing Investindustrial in the combination of the Polynt Group and Reichhold.

    Management Incentive Plans

    • Advising the founders and management team of Qmee on their reinvestment and management incentive plan with CapitalD (2021).
    • Advising the management team of a KKR controlled portfolio company on its management incentive plan (2021).
    • Advising the management team of Ascential plc’s political intelligence, research and stakeholder engagement business, DeHavilland, on its MBO with Bridgepoint (2021).
    • Advising the following in regards to management incentive plans: Casual Dining Group, A-Gas, Unilabs, Auto Trader and Travelopia.

    Block Trades

    • Representing Apax and Guardian Media Group in their respective full sell-downs, post IPO, in Assential.
    • Representing Apax in its full sell-down, post IPO, in Auto Trader.


    • BPP, Legal Practice Course
    • BPP, Graduate Diploma in Law
    • New College, University of Oxford, B.A.
    • Leicester De Montfort Law School, Post Graduate Certificate


    • England and Wales, 2011

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