Christopher Field
Partner | London
Christopher Field

Chris Field, co-head of Dechert’s private equity practice as well as its corporate group in London, 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 also advised clients in relation to Brexit planning and continues to assist clients implementing their post-Brexit strategy.

Mr. Field is ranked and recommended in leading legal directories The Legal 500 UK and IFLR1000 for both private equity and M&A. Sources quoted by The Legal 500 UK have described him as “outstanding and technically capable”.

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 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 another global law firm.

  • Warwick Capital Partners on its acquisition of a majority stake in Danforth Care Partners.
  • Kier Group plc, the publicly-listed construction and property group, on its acquisition of Buckingham Group’s rail division out of administration.
  • GIC, as part of the investment group led by Fortress on the £6.3 billion offer for WM Morrison Supermarkets PLC.
  • Crown Holdings, Inc. on the sale of its European tinplate business to an affiliate of KPS Capital Partners, LP for €2.25 billion.
  • Mid Europa Partners on the acquisition of Pigu and the combination of Pigu and Hobby Hall Group.
  • Blackstone Credit (formerly GSO Capital Partners) on the acquisition of Co-operative Group’s general insurance business by GSO, TwinFocus and Markerstudy Group.
  • Bank Audi on the sale of it’s Egyptian subsidiary to First Abu Dhabi Bank.
  • Cerberus Capital Management on the sale of Covis Pharma to Apollo Global Management.
  • GIC in the US$27 billion sale of Refinitiv by a consortium (consisting of Blackstone, an affiliate of GIC, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Thomson Reuters) to London Stock Exchange Group plc.
  • AGC Equity Partners on its sale of 25 Canada Square (the Citi Tower, Canary Wharf).
  • Mid Europa Partners on the acquisition of Mlinar, a leading bakery retail and wholesale business in Croatia.
  • Further Global, on the £100 million take-private of GBGI The Global Benefits Group.
  • Coveris Holdings S.A. (a portfolio company of Sun Capital Partners), on a €700 million sale of its Global Rigid packaging business to Lindsay Goldberg LLC.
  • Sun European Partners and other shareholders 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.
  • Major shareholders of IVG 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.

  • View from the PE Firms: The Current Market for Financing Private Equity Transactions — 2021 Permanent & Private Capital Summit, Virtual Conference (June 2-3, 2021)
  • London School of Economics - Alternative Investments Conference — London Marriott Hotel (February 3-4, 2020)
  • Markets Group - Private Equity Europe Forum 2019 —  London (September 5, 2019)
  • International Private Equity — Wharton Private Equity & Venture Capital 2018 Conference, New York, NY (March 16, 2018)
  • International Comparative Legal Guide (ICLG) to Private Equity — Contributing Editor (2019, 2020, 2021)
  • Private Capital - Private Equity and Beyond — Contributor and co-author
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    • 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
    • England and Wales
    • South Africa