Kenneth Barry

Partner, London

Biography

Overview

Ken Barry is a partner in our global M&A and Corporate practice based in London. Ken is Head of our Private Equity team in London.

He has extensive experience advising private equity houses and financial sponsor clients on a range of complex cross-border acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, leveraged buyouts and public offerings.

Bars and Courts
England and Wales
Education
Master of Laws (LLM)
London School of Economics and Political Science
Bachelor of Laws (LLB)
University College Dublin
Languages
English

Experience

Ken's experience includes advising:

  • Goldman Sachs:
    • on the acquisition of a majority of the shares in Advania, a leading Nordic IT provider, alongside management, VIA Equity and other reinvesting shareholders for an EV of SEK 4.8 billion, approximately Euro 480 million.
    • and other majority shareholder, on the disposal of M-Tec Holding Denmark ApS, a holding company for Trackunit Group to HgCapital. Trackunit Group is a Danish telematics manufacturer with operations in Denmark, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, UK and US.
    • on its investment into Moonbug Entertainment, a children's entertainment company that distributes audio and video content on various platforms including YouTube, Amazon Prime and Netflix.
  • The Carlyle Group:
    • on its equity and debt investment in the Unifrutti Group, a leading global distributor of fresh produce and fruit, through a preference equity injection and the tap of an existing bond.
    • on its acquisition of a majority stake in Memsource a.s., a leading Czech translation technology provider that assists global corporations and the language services industry in the automation of localisation relating to large volumes of multilingual content.
    • on its acquisition of disguise, a global provider of live event visualisation solutions, from Livingbridge and its founders.
  • Mid Europa, a leading buyout investor focused on the growth markets of Central and South Eastern Europe:
    • in the agreed US $3.253 billion acquisition of the Allegro Group, the largest online marketplace and non-food shopping destination in Poland, from Naspers Limited (JSE: NPN.SJ and LSE: NPSN) by funds advised by Cinven, Permira and Mid Europa.
    • on the sale of Zabka Polska S.A., Poland's leading convenience retailer to funds advised by CVC Capital Partners. This is the largest ever transaction in the Polish food retail sector and the largest ever private equity exit in Poland.
    • on its acquisition of Sage sp. z o.o., who provide accounting software services to small and medium enterprises in Poland, from the Sage Group Plc.
    • in connection with their sale of Walmark a.s., a leading consumer healthcare company in CEE with a unique portfolio of iconic brands and direct presence across nine EU countries, to STADA Arzneimittel AG.
    • on the sale of Bambi, the leading biscuit producer in the countries of former Yugoslavia, to Coca-Cola HBC AG (Coca-Cola HBC).
    • on its acquisition of intive S.A., a digital product and software development services business based in Poland, Germany and Argentina from Enterprise Investors.
    • on its acquisition of JS Hamilton.
    • in the merger of Customer Management Center (CMC), the largest independent outsourced call centre and customer management services provider in Turkey, with the M+ Group, the largest independent business process outsourcing (BPO) company in the CEE region.
  • BC Partners LLP on the acquisition of an up to approximately 45% stake in SOFIMA, the holding company that controls IMA S.p.A., an Italian publicly-traded company and world leader in the design and production of automatic machines for the processing and packaging of pharmaceutical, cosmetic, food, tea, coffee and tobacco.
  • PPF Group, a global private equity investor:
    • in the €2.8 billion acquisition of Telenor's telecommunications assets in Central & Eastern Europe.
    • in the acquisition of Central European Media Enterprises Ltd. (NASDAQ/Prague Stock Exchange: CETV) and its subsidiaries ("CME"). CME operates television stations in Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia.
  • Keter Group, the world's largest producer of quality resin consumer products on the acquisition by BC Partners Ltd and the Public Sector Pension Investment Board of a majority stake in the group from the Sagol family. The transaction is the biggest ever LBO in Israel and has been described as the "deal of the decade" in the Israeli press.
  • Petroleum Equity on the acquisition of RDG (a leading independent German oil and gas exploration company) from Rohöl-Aufsuchungs Aktiengesellschaft.
  • Development Partners International, a leading African focused private equity firm, on a US$45 million investment in MNT Investments B.V. to attain a significant minority stake
  • HTN Towers group, (a portfolio company of Helios Investment Partners) on its sale to IHS Towers. This was the first mobile infrastructure consolidation in Africa
  • TA Associates in its £225 million acquisition of a majority interest in the Access Technology Group and subsequent syndication of a minority interest to AlpInvest*
  • Petroleum Equity in its $133 million acquisition, through its investment vehicle Alpha Petroleum, of ATP Oil & Gas (UK) Limited*
  • Blackstone in its $900 million acquisition of the Mivisa Group*
  • Blackstone in the sale of a 30% stake in Merlin Entertainments Group to CVC Capital Partners*
  • KKR on its $342 million acquisition of Versatel, a German telecommunications company*

* prior experience to joining White & Case

Publications

Private Equity in Africa: Emerging Trends, INTO AFRICA, April 2017, (co-author with Ndidi Eseonu)

US and UK Share Purchase Agreements: Comparing Approaches, Practical Law, 2015, (co-author)

Not Out of the Net: M&A Pitfalls under the AIFMD for Non-EU Acquisitions Made by Non-EU Funds, Private Equity Report, 2013, (co-author)

Dealmaking in the UK Has Gotten Tougher: Impact of Takeover Code Reform, Private Equity Report, 2012, (co-author)