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John Patten

Tel: +44-20-7367-1684

Tel: +44-20-7367-1684

20 Air Street
London, United Kingdom W1B 5AN

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A partner in the Corporate Department and a member of the Intellectual Property & Technology Transactions group, John’s practice focuses on advising clients on a variety of complex commercial and corporate transactions in which technology, IP and data play a major role, including M&A, transfers, licensing, brand co-operations, security, joint ventures, research & development agreements, settlements and services, manufacturing and supply arrangements.

John primarily assists leading companies in their negotiation of complex intellectual property, technology and data driven commercial contracts, advises in the navigation of standalone IP and technology transactions and the IP and technology aspects of corporate transactions in a number of sectors, and provides IP, contractual and data privacy advice. He also advises clients on data protection compliance in relation to European data privacy laws, and has experience advising on aspects of European healthcare regulations.

John’s key clients have included EQT, WHP Global, Thoma Bravo, Thomas H. Lee Partners, Bain Capital, BC Partners, Warburg Pincus and Apax Partners, among others.

John was named to the IAM Patent 1000 and is recommended for the United Kingdom. John regularly contributes to a number of UK IP Journals including the European Intellectual Property Law Review, the Entertainment Law Review and the Computer and Telecommunications Law Review.


John’s representative matters include:

  • EQT in various matters including:
    • as leader of a consortium, in the CHF 10.2 billion exclusive negotiations to acquire Nestlé Skin Health, a global skincare company
    • the €6.8 billion acquisition of Baring Private Equity Asia
    • its significant investment, together with Vitruvian Partners, in CFC Underwriting, a technology-driven, specialist insurance provider
    • the acquisition of Dellner Couplers, a global niche market leader in couplers, gangways and adjacent products for passenger rail rolling stock
    • with Covanta, on the carve-out of Covanta’s European operations to create a standalone Waste-to-Energy platform
    • as leader of a consortium, in the £4.5 billion recommended cash offer of Dechra Pharmaceuticals
    • the £650 million acquisition of SPT Labtech
  • WHP Global in its acquisition of a majority interest in G-Star RAW
  • Thoma Bravo and its portfolio companies in various matters including:
    • along with Proofpoint, in its acquisition of Tessian
    • along with J.D. Power, in its investment in AutoVista
    • along with SailPoint, in its take private of Osirium Technologies
    • along with Veriforce, in the acquisition of CHAS 2013 Limited
  • Thomas H. Lee Partners in various matters including:
    • along with Frazier Healthcare Partners, in the sale of Adare Biome
    • its investment in Kinexon
    • its acquisition of AutoStore AS, a robotics and software company providing automation technology to warehouse & distribution facilities
  • Bain Capital in various matters including:
    • the investment in SumUp
    • the c. €1.7 billion acquisition of ITP Aero, an aero engine and gas turbine manufacturer, from Rolls-Royce
    • along with Cinven, on the CHF 4.2 billion definitive agreement to acquire Lonza Specialty Ingredients (NKA: Arxada Services AG)
    • along with Cinvent and STADA Arzneimittel AG, an international pharmaceutical company and a portfolio company of Bain Capital Private Equity and Cinven, on its $660 million acquisition of Takeda’s OTC portfolio in Russia and the CIS
  • Blackstone in various matters including:
    • the purchase of the European logistics portfolio (12 logistics and industrial assets located in France) for €520 million
    • the £4.77 billion recommended cash offer for Merlin Entertainments
    • its acquisition of the business and assets of Murka, a developer and promoter of social casino gaming applications for mobile devices and social media
  • Apax Partners in various matters including:
    • the recommended cash offer for EcoOnline Holding AS
    • along with EcoOnline, on the acquisition of Ecometrica
    • along with EcoOnline, on the purchase of the Environmental, Health & Safety Software Division of Alcumus Group Limited
    • the acquisition of Genius Sports Group Limited, a London-based global leader in sports data technology, distribution and commercialization services
  • BC Partners in various matters including:
    • along with Dummen Orange, in the sale of Quick Plug
    • the sale of European pharmaceutical company Pharmathen to Partners Group
  • Warburg Pincus in various matters including:
    • the acquisition of Minesoft, a global patent solutions provider
    • its sale of Accelya, a global provider of financial, commercial and analytics solutions to the airline and travel industry
  • Vitruvian Partners, on the acquisition of Aspia
  • Advent in various matters including:
    • with Cinven and the RAG-Stiftung, in the acquisition of the elevator division of thyssenkrupp AG
    • its investment in the Hermes Group businesses in the UK and Germany
  • Renaissance Learning, an affiliate of Francisco Partners and Blackstone, in its acquisition of GL Education
  • ArisGlobal in various matters including in:
    • the acquisition of Amplexor Life Sciences
    • the acquisition of BI’s BRASS platform
  • MRI Software, in its acquisition of SlideRule Labs (doing business as Springboard Research)
  • Platinum Equity in the acquisition of Imerys S.A.’s High Temperature Solutions Business
  • TPG and investor group in the acquisition of an undisclosed state in Israel-based UBQ Materials for $170 million
  • Triton Partners in the sale of Ewellix
  • HPS Investment Partners in the recapitalization of Avanti
  • Fox Corporation in the joint venture with Gordon Ramsay to jointly form new production entity STUDIO RAMSAY GLOBAL
  • Valence Media in its £45 million investment into Fulwell 73, the British independent production company run by partners Ben Winston, Leo Pearlman, Gabe Turner, Ben Turner and James Corden
  • H.I.G. Capital and portfolio company Aspire Pharma in the acquisitions of Morningside Healthcare and Morningside Pharmaceuticals
  • GTCR in its €350 million acquisition of TachoSil from Takeda and simultaneous acquisition of Surgical Specialties Corporation from Vivo Capital to create Corza Medical
  • Patient Square Capital in the IP arrangements relating to its investment in Apollo Therapeutics, a portfolio-based biopharmaceutical company
  • Montagu Private Equity in the acquisition of the Education Software Solutions business of Capita
  • Alpine Investors and its portfolio company Alpine Software Group in the acquisition of Sendible, a U.K. social media management and data analytics provider
  • Hertz Corporation in its long-term strategic partnership in Brazil with Localiza

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