Suneel Basson-Bhatoa advises private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies on complex cross-border private equity and M&A transactions.

Mr. Basson-Bhatoa leverages more than a decade’s experience (including experience gained while on secondment at CVC Capital Partners) to guide clients on their most complex mandates, including transactions involving consortium equity arrangements, management equity arrangements, P2P arrangements, corporate reorganizations, and general corporate matters.

A recognized leader at the firm, Mr. Basson-Bhatoa has previously served on the firm’s Global Recruiting Committee. 

Mr. Basson-Bhatoa’s experience includes advising:

  • Ares on:
    • Acquiring SLR Consulting, an international sustainability consultancy business
    • Acquiring Exemplar Health Care Group, a leading UK provider of high-dependency nurse-led care for adults
    • Establishing the European Loan Programme, a €3 billion joint venture with GE Capital offering senior secured loans in the European leveraged finance market
  • Astorg on:
    • Acquiring Normec Holdings, a testing, inspections and certification services business
    • Acquiring Anaqua, a provider of asset management software and maintenance services
    • Acquiring and disposing Audiotonix, a global producer of audio mixing consoles
  • Astorg and Cinven on their consortium acquisition of LGC, a global leader in the life sciences tools sector
  • Astorg and Epiris on their consortium £1.6 billion UK Takeover Code offer for Euromoney Institutional Investor, a leading financial news and information business
  • Bay Grove and its portfolio company Lineage Logistics on acquiring:
    • Kloosterboer Group, Europe’s largest independent integrated platform for temperature-controlled storage, logistics, and value-added services
    • Partner Logistics, a European automated cold-storage provider with warehouses in the Netherlands, the UK, and Belgium 
  • Blackstone Infrastructure Partners on acquiring, with B&J Holdings, the remaining stake in Applegreen, an Ireland-based operator of a petrol forecourt retailer
  • Bregal on acquiring Iptor Supply Chain Systems, a developer and provider of enterprise resource planning and supply chain management software to the distribution industry 
  • Canada Pension Plan Investment Board on its:
    • £4.77 billion UK Takeover Code consortium offer with KIRKBI Invest and Blackstone for Merlin Entertainments, a UK-based leisure and entertainment company
    • US$3.4 billion consortium offer with Apax, Warburg Pincus, and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board for Inmarsat, a leading mobile satellite services provider
    • Consortium offer with Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board for Intact, a UK-based personal and commercial insurance provider
  • CVC Capital Partners on: 
    • Abu Dhabi Investment Authority’s acquisition of a 30% stake in its portfolio company, Domestic & General, a leading appliance care specialist
    • a strategic growth investment in OMADA A/S, a global leader in identity governance and administration software and services
  • CVC Capital Partners and Blackstone on:
    • Their consortium UK Takeover Code offer for Paysafe Group, a global end-to-end payment solutions provider
    • Their consortium equity investment in connection with the Paysafe Group’s acquisition of iPayment, a credit and debit card-based payment processing services provider
    • Paysafe’s merger with Foley Trasimene Acquisition Corp. II, a special purpose acquisition company founded and led by Bill Foley
  • EQT Partners on acquiring, a car insurance brokerage and price comparison website 
  • Global Infrastructure Partners on acquiring, in a consortium with Meridiam Infrastructure Finance and other investors, Suez, a French drinking water distribution, wastewater treatment, and waste management company
  • Helios Investment Partners on its investment in renewable energy business Starsight
  • Silver Lake on its:
    • Investment in Australian A-League and other professional football leagues
    • Investment in IVC Evidensia group, a leading European veterinary care provider
    • Investment in City Football Group, parent company of, among others, Manchester City Football Club
  • The consortium led by Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital on its £4.25 billion acquisition of Chelsea Football Club
  • TowerBrook on its shareholder equity arrangements with Warburg Pincus in connection with their joint offer for AA 

Bar Qualification

  • England and Wales (Solicitor)


  • LPC (Distinction), College of Law, London, 2013
  • LLB, City University of London, 2011