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Roger Johnson

Tel: +44-20-7367-1603
Fax: +44-20-7691-9387

Tel: +44-20-7367-1603

20 Air Street
London, United Kingdom W1B 5AN
Fax: +44-20-7691-9387

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Global Co-Chair of the M&A practice and Co-Head of the London office, Roger Johnson represents private equity firms and financial sponsors in all forms of cross-border leveraged M&A and portfolio transactions, including restructuring advice.


Roger has advised some of the industry’s leading alternative asset managers, private equity firms and pension plans, including EQT, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, Summit Partners, Triton Partners and Vitruvian Partners, among others, across many industries. He is recognized as a “Leading Individual” by The Legal 500 UK in Private Equity: Transactions – High-Value Deals (£250m+) and as a “Highly Regarded” lawyer by IFRL1000 for both Private Equity and M&A. Roger was shortlisted as “Dealmaker of the Year” by The Deal for its Cross-Border Europe for Private Equity Awards in 2019.

Roger’s representative matters have included:

  • EQT AB, its affiliated platforms and portfolio companies in:
    • EQT’s €6.8 billion acquisition of Baring Private Equity Asia, a leading private markets investment firm
    • an EQT-led consortium in its CHF 10.2 billion acquisition of leading global skincare company Nestlé Skin Health (n/k/a Galkerma Holdings SA)
    • an EQT-led consortium in its £4.5 billion acquisition of Dechra Pharmaceuticals PLC
    • EQT Infrastructure in its $5.3 billion acquisition of Covanta Holding Corporation, its acquisition of Green Investment Group’s stake in Covanta, and in the carve-out of Covanta’s European operations to create a standalone Waste-to-Energy platform
    • EQT’s C$1.8 billion combination with Exeter Property Group, a leading global real estate investment manager, creating EQT Exeter; and EQT Exeter in its acquisition of Bear Logi, a logistics real estate asset management firm
    • EQT in the combination of IVC and Evidensia to create leading European veterarinary care provider IVC Evidensia; EQT’s additional substantial investment and renewed long-term commitment in the company; EQT’s sale of a minority interest in IVC Evidensia to an investor group, valuing IVC at €3 billion; and IVC Evidensia’s acquisition of VetStrategy, a leading Canadian veterinary care provider
    • EQT Private Equity in its £650 million acquisition of SPT Labtech
    • EQT portfolio company Recipharm in its acquisitions of Arranta Bio, a prominent advanced therapy CDMO, and Vibalogics, a virotherapy CDMO
    • EQT’s significant investment, together with Vitruvian Partners, in CFC, a specialist insurance provider
    • EQT, IFS and WorkWave in the separation of WorkWave from IFS and the acquisition by WorkWave of Real Green Systems
    • EQT’s sale of of a 9.9% minority stake in Anticimex, a global pest control specialist, to GIC
    • EQT Credit in its investment in ACPS Automotive; in ACPS Automotive’s restructuring and recapitalization; and EQT’s sale of EQT Credit to Bridgepoint Advisors
    • EQT’s acquisition of Industrial & Financial Systems AB (IFS AB), a leading software provider, alongside TA Associates
    • EQT’s acquisition of Acumatica, a U.S.-based and fast-growing SaaS company
    • EQT’s sale of a significant minority interest in Independent Vetcare Limited (IVC) to Nestlé
    • EQT’s acquisition of Dellner Couplers, a global niche market leader in products for passenger rail rolling stock
    • EQT’s sale of leading medical device company HTL-Strefa (HTL) to Investindustrial
    • EQT’s acquisition of Bluestep Bank, a leading specialist mortgage lender, and BlueStep Bank in its acquisiton of Bank2 ASA
    • EQT in connection with the initial public offering and the NASDAQ Helsinki listing of its portfolio company Terveystalo, a leading private healthcare service provider in Finland
    • EQT’s sale of Automic Holding GmbH, leading global provider of business automation software, to CA Technologies
    • EQT’s sale of Atos Medical, a laryngectomy care company, to PAI
  • Triton Partners and its portfolio companies in various transactions, including its:
    • formation of Triton IV Continuation Fund
    • sale of Ewellix
    • sale of Polygon Holding AB to funds managed by AEA Investors LP
    • acquisition of Aleris, one of the leading healthcare companies in the Nordics
    • acquisition of a majority stake in Atnahs
    • acquisition of the tour operating activities of Corendon and the subsequent combination with Sunweb
    • acquisition of Sunweb Group, a leading European online travel operator
    • acquisition of Chevron Traffic Management, the U.K.’s largest work zone safety services provider, from Portchester Equity Limited—Tritons’ first acquisition of a U.K.-based company
    • sale of Ovako to Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation
    • acquisition of DeepOcean Group Holding B.V., a leading provider of subsea services for the oil & gas and renewables industries
    • acquisition of Imtech Nordic (n/k/a Assemblin) from Royal Imtech N.V.
    • sale of Inflight Service Group, a leading travel retail specialist in the European market, to gategroup Holding AG
    • its portfolio company Alimak Group in its add-on acquisitions of Facade Access Group, a market leader in building maintenance units, and Avanti Wind
      Systems, the market leader in vertical access solutions for wind turbine towers
  • Summit Partners in various transactions, including its:
    • $625 million growth investment in Invicti Security, a global web application security provider
    • acquisition of 18 Week Support, a service provider offering high-quality clinical support services to NHS Trusts throughout the UK
    • sale of Viroclinics-DDL, a virology contract research organization, to Cerba Healthcare
  • Vitruvian Partners in various transactions, including its:
    • acquisition of a majority interest in the Fotona Group, a medical laser-focused endoscopic balloon dilatation (EBD) company
    • sale of Unifaun, a cloud delivery orchestration platform serving the European logistics ecosystem, to Marlin Equity Partners
    • acquisition of EasyPark
  • Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan in various transactions, including:
    • the C$985 million sale of its majority investment in Helly Hansen to Canadian Tire Corporation
    • its sale of Burton’s Biscuit Company to a Ferrero-related company
    • in Burton’s add-on acquisition of Thomas Fudge’s
    • in the sale of Burton’s Cadbury business to Mondelez
  • Inflexion in its investment, in partnership with Informa PLC, to form a market leading financial data and technology provider, and its re-investment in the British Engineering Services Group, a specialist in engineering testing, inspection and consultancy services
  • H.I.G. Capital in its sale of Buck to Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
  • Francisco Partners and Blackstone in their acquisition of GL Education
  • The ad hoc committee of first lien noteholders in the recapitalization of Matalan Group
  • 17Capital in its strategic partnership with Oaktree under which it will sell a majority stake to Oaktree
  • Riskonnect, backed by TA Associates and Thoma Bravo, in its acquisition of Sword GRC, a software company specializing in project and enterprise risk management solutions
  • Montana Capital Partners in its sale to PGIM, the global asset management business of Prudential Financial
  • Galapagos in its financial restructuring
  • Shamrock Capital Advisors in its co-investment in BTI Studios, a localization company providing dubbing and subtitling services in over 80 languages, with BTI’s owner Altor Equity Funds

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