Christopher Field

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Christopher Field

Partner

London | 160 Queen Victoria Street, London EC4V 4QQ
+44 20 7184 7830 | +44 20 7184 7001

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Chris Field advises clients on a broad range of domestic and international private equity and corporate matters, including acquisitions, disposals, equity investments, initial public offerings (IPOs) and other equity capital markets transactions, as well as take privates and public M&A transactions. He has developed particular expertise in multi-jurisdictional corporate carve-outs.

Mr. Field is a guest lecturer on private equity at the London Business School, has worked extensively on the training and mentoring of young lawyers and has been involved with Impetus - The Private Equity Foundation and its charities on various venture philanthropy matters, including being the recipient of their Transforming Lives pro bono award.

Prior to joining Dechert, Mr. Field served for 11 years as a partner in the corporate group at Kirkland & Ellis.

Significant Representations

  • Shareholders of Albéa S.A. on the US$1.5 billion sale of Albéa S.A. to PAI Partners.
  • Sun European Partners on its acquisition of NextPharma from DLJ Merchant Banking Partners, and its sale of NextPharma to CapVest.
  • Anchorage Capital Management and other consortium members on the €3.3 billion sale of OfficeFirst to Blackstone.
  • Accel-KKR on its acquisition of Smart Communications.
  • MidOcean Partners on its US$1.56 billion sale of Penton to Informa plc.
  • Pollen Street Capital on its sale of Erno Laszlo to CITIC Group.
  • Baxalta Inc. on its US$32 billion merger with Shire PLC.
  • Sun European Partners on its acquistion of Finlays Horticulture from John Swire & Sons.
  • Victory Park Capital on the IPO of VPC Specialty Lending Investments PLC on the London Stock Exchange.
  • Sycamore Partners on its sale of Kurt Geiger to Cinven.
  • Tetragon Financial Group Limited on its acquisition of Equitix from Cabot Square Capital.
  • Real Consulting on the takeover of Incadea plc by DealerTrack Holdings, Inc.
  • Veronis Suhler Stevenson and Trilantic Partners on their sale of Clarion Events to Providence Equity Partners.
  • Sun European Partners on its €400 million disposal of DBApparel to Hanesbrands Inc.
  • Sun European Partners on its acquisition of Robertshaw (formerly Invensys Appliance division) from Schneider Electric SE.
  • Sun Capital on the formation of Coveris, the world’s sixth largest plastic packaging company.
  • Sun European Partners on its acquisition of the assets and business of Dreams plc by way of pre-pack administration.
  • 3G Capital on the London listing of Burger King via its part sale of the London listed cash shell, Justice Holdings Limited.
  • Albéa, a global cosmetics packaging company, on its US$459 million acquisition of Rexam plc’s personal care, cosmetics division.
  • Abry Partners on its £715 million sale of Sentrum to Digital Realty Trust, Inc.
  • Sun Capital Partners on its acquisition of Dutch clothing brand, Scotch & Soda.
  • Vestar Capital on the £382 million IPO of AZ Electronic Materials on the London Stock Exchange.
  • Sun European Partners on its acquisition of the Alcan Beauty Packaging business from Rio Tinto plc.
  • Golden Gate Capital on the disposal of its investment in London listed software company, Micro Focus International plc by way of various block trades.
  • Cartesian Capital Group on its investment in AIM-traded SPAC, Cross Shore Acquisition Corporation as part of that company's acquisition of Research Pharmaceutical Services Inc.
  • Bain Capital on its US$3.5 billion take-private of retailer Edgars Consolidated Stores Limited.
  • Providence Equity Partners on the £1.46 billion acquisition of the 'Phones 4U' retailer, Caudwell Holdings Limited.
  • Evolvence India Holdings Plc on its US$65 million institutional placing and admission to the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange.
  • Golden Gate Capital and Extensity Sarl on the £232 million take-private of a UK software company.

Includes matters handled at Dechert or prior to joining the firm.

Publications

UK's New Corporate Disclosure Law and Impact On PE Firms – Law360 (March 3, 2016) 

Education
  • University of KwaZulu-Natal, B.A. (Hons), 1992
  • University of KwaZulu-Natal, LL.B., 1994
  • The University of Nottingham, LL.M., International Commercial Law, 1996, Distinction
Admissions
  • England and Wales
  • South Africa