Francis Brown

Associate, London

Biography

Overview

Francis Brown is an associate in our global M&A and Corporate practice based in London.

Francis is a member of our EMEA Private Equity team and focuses primarily on venture capital, private equity and TMT sector transactions.

Francis has also spent time on secondment at a leading venture capital fund and a leading credit-oriented alternative asset manager. He has also been seconded to our Singapore office, where he worked on M&A, capital market and bank finance transactions. Francis is also actively involved with the firm's pro bono work and mentorship programme.

Bars and Courts
Solicitor (England and Wales)
Education
BPP University
London School of Economics
University of York
Languages
English

Experience

Examples of experience include:

Representation of Kobalt Music Group Limited on the divestment of its recorded music operations, including the record label AWAL and global neighbouring rights agent Kobalt Neighbouring Rights, to Sony Music Entertainment.

Representation of Carlyle Europe Technology Partners (CETP) IV on its acquisition of disguise, a leading global provider of live event, film and television visualisation solutions.

Representation of Carlyle Europe Technology Partners (CETP) IV on its acquisition of 1E Limited, a developer of endpoint management software.

Representation of SoftBank Vision Fund II as lead investor in the Series D financing of CMR Surgical, the largest ever medtech private fundraise.

Representation of SoftBank Vision Fund II as lead investor in the Series D financing of Trendyol, the largest ever Turkish private fundraise.

Representation of SoftBank Vision Fund II as lead investor in the Series C financing of TIER Mobility, Europe's leading provider of micro-mobility.

Representation of Qatar Investment Authority on its acquisition of a minority stake in Airtel Mobile, a provider of telecommunications and mobile money services in Africa.

Representation of Bridgepoint and Stockholm-based Nordic Cinema Group Holding AB (Nordic) on the all-cash SEK8.25 billion sale, by Bridgepoint and Swedish media group Bonnier Holding, of Nordic to AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc.

Representation of CVC on its US$1.425 billion acquisition of PDC Brands, a beauty and personal care products company, from Yellow Wood Partners.

Representation of Avast Group, a multinational cybersecurity softw are company, on the acquisition of the Piriform Group Limited and the FileHippo.com business from the founder sellers.

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company on the disposal of its European and Australian consumer operations to Exponent Private Equity LLP.

Awards and Recognition

"The London offering focuses mainly on pan-European PE deals, US and Asian mandates are also common, as is emerging markets work." Tier 3 Private Equity (high value deals), UK Legal 500 2020