Farah was featured in Legal Week’s 2018 Rising Stars in Private Equity and commended for her “depth of experience advising on some of the market’s most significant transactions."


Legal Week 2018

Farah J. O'Brien

  • 99 Bishopsgate
  • London EC2M 3XF
  • United Kingdom

Farah O’Brien is a partner in Latham & Watkins’ London office. Ms. O’Brien specializes in cross-border private M&A transactions for both private equity and strategic clients. She has a depth of experience across all aspects of corporate transactions, including in particular joint ventures and corporate restructurings.


Ms. O'Brien's representative transactions include advising:

  • Advising Integro, an Odyssey Investment Partners portfolio company, on the acquisition of Risk Transfer Group, an international insurance and reinsurance intermediary
  • Bridgepoint private equity on its acquisition of Kyriba Corp., the global leader in cloud treasury and finance solutions
  • EQT Partners on its acquisition of Facile.it, an Italy-based company that operates car insurance brokerage and price comparison website 
  • Norsk Hydro ASA, one of the largest aluminum companies in the world, on its acquisition of an aluminum smelter in Iceland and two metal supplying companies in Holland and Sweden from Rio Tinto
  • Leonard Green & Partners on the acquisition of Pure Gym, a UK-based owner and operator of gyms
  • ViaSat Inc. in connection with its joint venture with Eutelsat Communications to combine Eutelsat’s current European broadband business with ViaSat’s industry-leading broadband technologies and consumer Internet Service Provider (ISP) business expertise
  • Houlihan Lokey on its acquisition of the investment banking operations of Leonardo & Co. NV in Germany, the Netherlands, and Spain, and has become a minority partner in a joint venture with the management team of Leonardo, in respect of Leonardo’s investment banking operations in Italy
  • Faerch Plast in connection with its acquisition of Anson Packaging, a manufacturer of thermoforming packaging products for the food industry  
  • Onex Corporation in connection with its €3.75 billion acquisition of SIG Combibloc Group, a Switzerland-based provider of aseptic carton sleeves and closures for beverages and liquid food   
  • IMO Car Wash Group, a UK-based provider of car washing services, on its sale to TDR Capital   
  • Koch Equity Development on its acquisition with Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking of the Flint Group, a leading global supplier of inks and other print consumables, from CVC 
  • Kohlberg Kravis Roberts on its €1.12 billion acquisition of Capital Safety, the UK-based safety harness maker, from Arle Capital Partners Limited  
  • Saudi Binladin Group in its joint venture with General Dynamics, a multi-national security and technology solution provider
  • Apollo Global Management LLC, on its €1.1 billion acquisition of Taminco, a Belgian chemicals producer, from CVC Capital Partners Limited
  • Qatar Holding LLC (a wholly owned subsidiary of Qatar Investment Authority) on its acquisition of the Harrods Group
  • Grant Thornton, as Administrator, on the sale of Esporta
  • The Carlyle Group on its acquisition of Gardner Group Ltd, the UK-headquartered supplier of metallic aerostructure details, equipment, and engine components, from Dunedin and Rolls Royce
  • Medici Group on its acquisition of ITFC Limited, a leading provider of video and media access services, from ITV
  • Medici Group on its acquisition of Ideale Audience, an audiovisual production company based in France
  • Candover on its US$565 million acquisition of Capital Safety, from Electra
  • The Carlyle Group on the sale of a 36% stake in Firth Rixson, the provider of highly-engineered forged, cast, and other specialty metal products, followed by the subsequent exit by Carlyle of its investment in Firth Rixson to Oak Hill Capital Partners
  • Bar Qualification
    • England and Wales (Solicitor)
    • MA, Oxford University, 2005
    • LPC, BPP Law School, 2002
    • BA (Hons), Oxford University, 2000
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