Claire Scott-Priestley has broad experience in UK and international corporate and finance transactions. She has particular expertise in advising on multijurisdictional, cross-border mergers and acquisitions but her practice also covers private equity, joint ventures, strategic reorganizations and restructurings and general corporate advisory matters.

    Claire advises publicly and privately held companies, private equity and venture capital funds, including their portfolio companies, and entrepreneurs operating in a number of jurisdictions. She advises on all aspects of corporate transactions, including the debt and equity financing of such deals, and she has acted for both lenders and borrowers in relation to a variety of senior and mezzanine facilities.

    Claire has advised on transactions across a range of sectors including financial services, technology, Fintech, telecoms, business services, media and entertainment, healthcare, energy, retail, manufacturing and real estate. Claire has significant experience in advising in emerging markets, particularly Central and Eastern Europe, South East Europe, Russia and CIS.

    Claire is an accomplished speaker on M&A and private equity matters, including mezzanine finance. She has a deep understanding of the requirements of clients using external legal counsel, having spent a year on secondment to Live Nation Entertainment, the world’s leading live entertainment company, where she fulfilled the role of Head of Legal, UK and Ireland.

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    Mergers and Acquisitions/Joint Ventures

    • Acting for Lloyd's Register Group in the disposal of the global Lloyd's Register Rail consultancy and assurance business to Ricardo Plc by way of a share and asset sale in 15 jurisdictions.
    • Advising the shareholders of Langland Advertising, Design & Marketing Limited, the world’s most creatively awarded healthcare advertising agency, on the disposal of the company to Publicis Healthcare Communications Group.
    • Representing Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ: CTAS) in its joint venture with Shred-it International Inc. to combine the document shredding businesses of both companies in a newly formed partnership owned 42% by Cintas and 58% by the shareholders of Shred-it.
    • Representing Cintas Corporation in the establishment of and multiple acquisitions by its UK subsidiary, Cintas Document Management UK Limited, of targets in the document management and imaging business in the UK and the ultimate disposal of Cintas Document Management UK Limited to AIM-listed Restore Plc.
    • Acting for Tokyo Stock Exchange-listed Fuyo General Lease Co., Ltd. in relation to its acquisition of the UK holding company of Aircraft Leasing and Management Limited.
    • Representing Mexican Stock Exchange-listed Holding Monex in the acquisition of the London-based forex specialist, Schneider Foreign Exchange Limited (now branded Monex Europe Limited), for approximately US$100 million.
    • Advising Alco Industries, Inc. in relation to the disposal of the stock and assets of all of its industrial and chemical businesses to Dunes Point Capital Investment Partners.
    • Counselling the owners of BCM Group, the UK fund management company, on its disposal to the Frankfurt Stock Exchange-listed asset manager, C-QUADRAT Investment AG.
    • Advising Euronet Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ:EEFT) on multiple transactions, including the disposal of its UK subsidiary operating ATMs in Europe, the subsequent acquisition of epay Limited, one of the UK’s leading electronic payment solution providers, the further expansion of the group by way of acquisitions of companies and businesses across Europe and Asia Pacific and global group refinancings.
    • Advising Olympus Corporation (TYO: 7733) on the US$800 million sale of its worldwide diagnostic services business to Beckman Coulter, Inc. by way of the sale of assets by 36 Olympus entities in 30 countries.
    • Representing a management buyout team on the acquisition of a UK courier business from a company in administrative receivership and advising on numerous subsequent bolt-on acquisitions and a group reorganization and refinancing.
    • Counselling a consortium member on a joint venture to establish and operate the first mobile telephone network in the southern region of post-war Iraq.

    Private Equity/Venture Capital

    • Advising HVB Capital Partners on two disposals of minority interests in the Gibraltar holding company of Alliance Boots to Alliance Santé Participations S.A.
    • Representing J&T Real Estate in relation to the acquisition of the Eurovea (now River Park) mixed-use real estate development in Bratislava for €250 million from Ballymore.
    • Advising Turkven Private Equity in relation to the acquisition of Medical Park Group, the largest private hospital chain in Turkey, from The Carlyle Group.
    • Advising a UK family office on the acquisition and subsequent disposal of a majority stake in a European hostel business, with operations in Luxembourg, Austria, Germany, Hungary, Italy and the UK.
    • Acting for Redline Capital Management in relation to a US$5 million Series B investment in a UK medical technology business.
    • Advising Lighthouse Capital Partners on multiple debt and equity investments in emerging technology businesses in various jurisdictions including the UK, US, Japan and Israel.
    • Representing a consortium of private equity investors, led by Cable Partners Europe, in its €2 billion acquisition of Telenet, the largest broadband cable operator in Belgium.

    Mezzanine Finance

    • Advising Volga River Growth Fund in relation to a US$30 million mezzanine investment into the Dutch holding company of the Russian bank, Sovcombank.
    • Advising a leading emerging markets private equity fund on the mezzanine financing of a chemicals group with operations in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Latvia, Estonia and Finland.
    • Advising Invia CZ, a.s., a portfolio company of MCI Management S.A., on the taking of senior facilities totaling Kč142,125,000 advanced by UniCredit and a mezzanine facility of €7.5 million provided by Mezzanine Management.
    • Advising a consortium of private equity funds, led by Columbia Capital, M/C Venture Partners and Innova Capital, in the €440 million acquisition of GTS Central Europe, an alternative telecom service operator in the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Romania and the Slovak Republic including senior and mezzanine financing.
    • Representing the Central European branch of a US private equity firm in connection with mezzanine loans to a Turkey-based provider of security services and a Turkish water company.

    Education

    • Nottingham Trent University, L.P.C., with distinction, 1998
    • University of Bristol, LL.B., 1995

    Admissions

    • England and Wales, 2000

    Languages

    • English
    • French

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