Edward Coates is an associate in the Corporate Department of the London office of Latham & Watkins.

Mr. Coates primarily advises clients including financial sponsors, corporates, and management teams on private equity, venture capital and cross-border M&A transactions, and general corporate matters.

Prior to joining Latham, Mr. Coates was an associate in the corporate department of a major international law firm, based in London and has also spent time working in its offices in Hong Kong and Paris.

Mr. Coates’ experience includes advising: 

  • CVC Capital Partners on its acquisition of Jagex, a leading developer and publisher of video games, from Carlyle
  • Leonard Green & Partners on its investment in IRIS, a leading global provider of mission-critical software and services in accountancy, payroll, HR, and education
  • Silver Lake on its investment in Vantage Data Centers, a leading global provider of hyperscale data center campuses, alongside existing investors Digital Bridge and Australian Super
  • GTCR on its acquisition of Once For All, a leading compliance and supply chain management software provider, from Warburg Pincus
  • Energy Capital Partners on its equity arrangements alongside senior management following its acquisition of Biffa plc
  • TA Associates on its investment in MRH Trowe, one of the largest owner-managed commercial lines insurance brokers in Germany, alongside its reinvesting founders and AnaCap Financial Partners
  • Epiris on its acquisition of the LoneStar Group, a global manufacturer to industrial and energy markets 
  • Bridgepoint on its investment in MiQ, a leading global programmatic media partner, alongside its reinvesting founders and management shareholders
  • TA Associates on its sale and reinvestment alongside Hg Capital in the Access Group, a leading provider of business management software, valuing Access at £9.2 billion
  • TA Associates on its investment in EsPublico, a public sector and government-focused software platform provider based in Spain 
  • Epiris on its acquisition of Inchcape Shipping Services, a global provider of port agency and marine services
  • Onex Partners V on its investment in TES, a leading education technology services provider, from Providence Equity Partners
  • Atos on the acquisition of Cloudreach, a provider of multi-cloud services from the Blackstone Group
  • Encore Capital on the sale of Third Space, the UK luxury health and fitness brand, and reinvestment alongside KSL Capital Partners*
  • Register Group, an Hg portfolio investment on the acquisition of Team Blue, a leading digital enabler*
  • Duke Street on the sale of Baywater Healthcare*
  • European Capital on the sale of Hillarys Blinds*
  • ABRY Partners on the sale of Thomson Online Benefits, a provider of global benefits management software*
  • European Capital on the sale of Farrow & Ball, a manufacturer of luxury paints and wallpapers*
  • Senior management of Compre, a non-life insurance legacy specialist, on their sale and reinvestment alongside Cinven and BCI*
  • Michelin on the sale of restaurant booking platform Bookatable to TripAdvisor*
  • Etihad on its majority investment in Italian airline, Alitalia*
  • Senior management of Miller Homes, a UK-based homebuilder on their sale and reinvestment alongside Bridgepoint*
  • Senior management of IFS, a global enterprise software solution provider on its sale to EQT Fund III*
  • The founders of Third Bridge, an investment services provider, on its sale to IK Investment Partners*
  • EQT Ventures on various Seed to Series B funding rounds*

*Matter handled prior to joining Latham

Bar Qualification

  • England and Wales (Solicitor)


  • Legal Practice Course, BPP Law School
  • LLB, University of Newcastle