Clients say: The "exceptional" Kem Ihenacho is "one of the best all-round private equity lawyers we deal with" and offer praise for his "extremely personable nature, which really helps in tricky situations." Chambers UK 2018

Kem Ihenacho is listed in the 2015 Lawyer Magazine's Hot 100 list as a private equity star

Kem Ihenacho is recognized as an Africa Expert by Chambers Global. "He's highly commercial, very experienced and knows the markets inside out." Chambers Global 2017

Kem U. Ihenacho

  • 99 Bishopsgate
  • London EC2M 3XF
  • United Kingdom

Kem Ihenacho, Global Co-Chair of Latham & Watkins' Private Equity Practice, is an M&A lawyer with more than 20 years of experience, focusing on UK and international private equity, infrastructure, and M&A transactions.

He is recognized as a leader in his field by numerous publications. Mr. Ihenacho has sat on the legal advisory boards of various private equity industry bodies.


Mr. Ihenacho’s representative transactions include advising:

William Demant Invest A/S
  • In connection with its acquisition of Vision RT, a UK-based 3D surface imaging technology company developing products and solutions for surface guided radiation therapy
Leonard Green & Partners
  • On its acquisition of Pure Gym
  • In connection with the £2.4 billion IPO of Avast, the world’s largest consumer antivirus software supplier, listed on the London Stock Exchange
  • Leading a consortium with Blackstone on the £2.96 billion offer for Paysafe Group plc, the deal represents the largest public-to-private deal under the UK Takeover Code since 2010
  • CVC and portfolio company ASM on its joint venture with WPP and the Smollan Group
The Carlyle Group
  • In relation to its investment in Diamond Bank
TA Associates
  • On the acquisition of a minority interest in Interswitch
  • On its equity investment in Inspired Education, a UK-based provider of educational services
Energy Capital Partners
  • In relation to the acquisition of UK thermal generation assets from Engie
  • In consortium with HgCapital, ICG, and Montagu Private Equity on its acquisition of a 40% stake in Visma
Onex Corporation
  • On its acquisition of Survitec Group
  • Onex and Survitec on the acquisition of Wilhelmsen Maritime Solutions
  • On the disposal of its insurance business in Southern Africa to Capital Works
Helios Investment Partners
  • On its joint venture with Vitol on the acquisition of Oando’s downstream Business
  • In relation to its investment in Vivo Energy
  • On the acquisition of Axella (Oando Gas & Power)
  • On its investment in renewable energy business Starsight

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