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Linzi Thomas

  • 99 Bishopsgate
  • London EC2M 3XF
  • United Kingdom

Linzi Thomas advises clients on complex cross-border private equity and M&A transactions. Ms. Thomas draws on a decade of experience acting for large private equity houses on their most significant deals.

Ms. Thomas is recognized in Black Women in Asset Management’s 40 Under 40 list of Black Women Shaping the Future of Asset Management: Legal Week’s 40 Under 40: The Rising Stars In Private Equity 2019, listed in The Lawyer Hot 100 2020, and ranked as a Next Generation Partner for Private Equity in The Legal 500 UK 2020, 2022.

Ms. Thomas' experience includes advising:

  • CVC Capital Partners and Theramex, the leading global specialty pharmaceuticals company focused on women’s health, on the sale of Theramex to global investment firms PAI Partners and Carlyle
  • Onex Corporation on the acquisition of Tes Global, a UK-based education software and technology company
  • L Catterton Europe, a leading global consumer-focused private equity firm, on its acquisition of a significant minority shareholding in Little Moons, a premium dessert brand in the UK
  • CVC on its investment, alongside Oakley Capital, in TechInsights Inc., a leading provider of IP services and advanced technology analysis across a broad range of devices and markets
  • African Capital Alliance on its equity investment into WIOCC (West Indian Ocean Cable Company), Africa’s hyperscale infrastructure provider
  • Leonard Green & Partners and its portfolio company CPA Global, a leader in intellectual property software and tech-enabled services, on its US$6.8 billion combination with Clarivate Plc, a leader in providing trusted information and insights to accelerate the pace of innovation
  • Helios Investment Partners, TA Associates, and minority shareholders on the sale of a significant minority stake in Interswitch to Visa. Interswitch, headquartered in Nigeria, is one of the largest Africa-focused digital payments providers
  • La Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) on its partnership with Generation Investment Management LLP and investment in FNZ, a deal valuing the company at £1.65 billion and being one of the world's largest fintech transactions of 2018 
  • Bregal on the acquisition of Iptor Supply Chain Systems, a developer and provider of enterprise resource planning and supply chain management software to the distribution industry based in Sweden
  • CVC Capital Partners in the acquisition by Abu Dhabi Investment Authority of a 30% stake in Domestic & General, the leading appliance care specialist
  • Funds advised by Triton and a wholly owned subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) (the Consortium) on the acquisition of IFCO, a unit of Australian Securities Exchange-listed Brambles Limited
  • BC Partners on its sale of Antelliq, a France-based developer of digital animal identification, traceability, and monitoring solutions, to Merck 
  • CVC Capital Partners’ Growth Fund on its Strategic Investment in Omada A/S
  • Peninsula Pacific, a US based consumer and industrial private equity investor, in its proposed business combination of Concrete Pumping Holdings, Inc. to Industrea Acquisition Corp
  • CVC Capital Partners in connection with the £2.4 billion IPO of Avast, the world’s largest consumer antivirus software supplier, listed on the London Stock Exchange
  • Global Infrastructure Partners in connection with its €1.94 billion acquisition of Italian railway operator Italo – Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori S.p.A.
  • Brundage-Bone Concrete Pumping in connection with its acquisitions of Camfaud Concrete Pumps, Premier Concrete Pumping, and South Coast Concrete Pumping, UK-based companies providing concrete pumping and material placements services
  • The Carlyle Group and The Nature’s Bounty Co. on the £1.77 billion sale of Holland & Barrett, one of Europe’s largest health and wellness retailers
  • Leonard Green & Partners in connection with its acquisition of CPA Global, the world's leading Intellectual Property management and technology company, from Cinven
  • A private equity sponsor on its potential acquisition of LGC Science Group, an international life sciences measurement and testing business
  • A private equity sponsor on its potential acquisition of Fintrax Group, one of the world's leading tax-free shopping companies
  • Catterton on its agreement with LVMH and Groupe Arnault to create L Catterton, a global consumer-focused investment firm
  • Carlyle on the sale of Export Trading Group, who own and manage a vertically integrated agriculture supply chain across the African subcontinent with operations spanning procurement, processing, warehousing, transport, distribution, and merchandising*
  • Helios Investment Partners on its investment in renewable energy business Starsight
  • Ares on the acquisition of Farrow & Ball, a global leader in high quality paint and wallpaper in a deal that values the business at £275 million
  • Carlyle on its investment in Export Trading Group, a company with operations in over 26 African countries — the first investment by the Carlyle sub-Sahara Africa fund and the largest private equity deal in Africa of 2012*
  • GTCR in Cision’s Cross-Border Acquisition of Gorkana Group, a provider of media intelligence and insight services for PRs, marketers, and journalists
  • Helios on its joint venture with Vitol to acquire the downstream business of Oando PLC
  • Limerston Capital LLP in connection with its acquisition of Spark Energy, a company engaged in supplying renewable energy for residential tenants in the UK and Ireland
  • CVC Capital Partners on its investment in Avast Software, world’s leading consumer security software company, which valued Avast at US$1 billion*
  • A consortium of leading infrastructure funds on its bid to acquire Veolia UK’s South-East England water distribution business*

*Matter handled prior to joining Latham

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