Ian Bagshaw

Partner, London


Ian Bagshaw continues to practice at the highest level of the private equity market, offering clients the benefit of his deep experience in marquee deals. A source says: “His client service is phenomenal, he’s incredibly commercial and I trust him fully to get the deal done. He’s as good as it gets.”
Chambers 2019


Ian Bagshaw is White & Case's Global Co-Head of Private Equity. His practice focuses primarily on Financial Investors and Corporates acquiring from Financial Investors.

Based in London, Ian has built an enviable reputation in the private equity market - leading on more than 100 Mergermarket credited transactions in a career spanning 25 years. Ian's high profile has afforded him, not only a Chambers Band 1 ranking and Leading individual status with Legal 500, but also Transatlantic Law Firm Leader of the Year, Legal Week's Transatlantic Legal Awards, 2019, Best in Corporate Law 2018 with Global Insight Awards (an honor for which he was the sole recipient for 2018), The Legal 500 Hall of Fame 2018 (for both M&A and Private Equity) and The M&A Advisor Leadership Award 2018.

Regularly working across multiple jurisdictions, Ian has advised on numerous high-profile transactions and led on landmark deals which can be seen below. His key clients include: Actavis Group, Actera Partners, Alvogen, Arcapita, Arle, Avast Software, Blue Water Energy, Bridgepoint, Bupa, Centerbridge Partners, Cott Corporation, CVC Capital Partners, The Carlyle Group, Diaverum, DX Group, EP UK, GHO, Harbour Energy, Keter Group, Lightsource, Mid Europa, Metric Capital, Novator, Paradise Capital, Parques Reunidos, Play, PPF Group, Privax, Qatar Holding LLC, Rhône Capital, Sagol Family, The Smithfield Group, Scotts Miracle-Gro, Softbank, Summit Partners, Triton Partners and 3i.

Bars and Courts
Solicitor of England and Wales
College of Law, York
Sheffield University


Ian represented Avast on its US$816.6 million (£602 million) initial public offering (IPO), the biggest ever software IPO on the London Stock Exchange (LSE).

Diaverum Sverige AB
Ian represented Diaverum Sverige AB on its sale of 5 renal care centres in Australia and New Zealand.

PPF Group
Ian represented PPF Group, a global private equity investor, in the €2.8 billion acquisition of Telenor’s telecommunications assets in Central & Eastern Europe.

Lightsource Renewable Energy Investments Limited
Ian represented Lightsource Renewable Energy Investments Limited, Europe's largest solar development company, on its sale of a stake to BP.

Blue Water Energy LLP
Ian represented Blue Water Energy LLP, a leading London-based energy investment firm specializing in oil and gas, on the acquisition from Carlyle (and others) of Authentix, a Dallas based company that uses proprietary technology to trace and authenticate fuel, money, tobacco and high-end spirits.

Rhône on VistaJet investment
Ian represented Rhône on its investment in VistaJet. The transaction values VistaJet, the global aviation company with a fleet of more than 70 aircraft that flies corporations, governments and private clients to 187 countries worldwide, at US$2.5 billion.

Harbour Energy on US$3 Billion Acquisition of Oil and Natural Gas Assets from Shell UK
Ian represented Harbour Energy Limited, the energy investment vehicle managed by EIG Global Energy Partners, on its agreement to lead the US$3 billion acquisition by Chrysaor Holdings Limited of a diversified portfolio of oil and natural gas assets in the North Sea from Shell UK and its affiliates.

€1 Billion Play Communications IPO
Ian represented Play Communications S.A. (Play) and its shareholders, Novator and Olympia, on the €1 billion initial public offering of Play on the Warsaw Stock Exchange, which values the company at €4 billion (PLN 16 billion).

Bridgepoint on £750 Million Acquisition of Zenith from HgCapital
Ian represented Bridgepoint on its £750 million acquisition of Zenith, the UK's largest independent vehicle leasing business, from private equity firm HgCapital.

Smithfield Group on CAN$1.13 Billion Sale of Innovia to CCL Industries
Ian represented The Smithfield Group, managing shareholder of Innovia Group, on the CAN$1.13 billion (€810 million) sale of Innovia to CCL Industries Inc.

Bupa on £835 Million Acquisition of Oasis Dental Care
Ian represented Bupa on its £835 million acquisition of Oasis Dental Care, the UK's leading private dental provider, from European private equity group Bridgepoint.

Sagol Family on Sale of Majority Stake in Keter Plastic to BC Partners
Ian represented Sami and Itzhak Sagol on the sale of an 80 percent stake in Keter Plastic, a member of the Keter Group, to BC Partners, one of the world's leading private equity firms with €12 billion of assets under management.

Avast on US$1.3 Billion Acquisition of AVG
Ian represented Avast Software, one of the world's major players in the security software market, on its agreement to acquire New York Stock Exchange-listed AVG Technologies N.V., a developer of business, mobile and PC device security software applications, for a total consideration of US$1.3 billion.

CVC Capital Partners-Led Investment Consortium on Acquisition of Controlling Stake in Alvogen
Ian represented an investment consortium led by CVC Capital Partners, one of the world's leading private equity and investment advisory firms, and including Singapore-based investment company Temasek and Vatera Healthcare, on the acquisition of a controlling stake in Alvogen from Pamplona Capital Management.

Rhône Capital on Acquisition of Ask Chemicals
Ian represented global private equity firm Rhône Capital LLC on the acquisition by its affiliates of ASK Chemicals GmbH from Ashland Inc. and Clariant.

Mid Europa Partners on Sale of Zabka Polska to CVC
Ian represented Mid Europa Partners, the leading private equity investor in Central and South Eastern Europe, on the sale of Zabka Polska to funds advised by CVC Capital Partners.

Awards and Recognition

Transatlantic Law Firm Leader of the Year, Legal Week's Transatlantic Legal Awards, 2019

Best in Corporate Law, Global Business Insight Awards, 2018 (sole recipient of the honor for 2018)

The Legal 500 Hall of Fame, 2018

The M&A Advisor Leadership Award, 2018

Band 1 Ranking, Chambers

Leading Individual, Legal 500