Matthew Griffin

Partner, London

Biography

Overview

Matthew heads up the London office's funds and investment management practice and is a partner in the Firm's Global Mergers & Acquisitions Group.

He offers clients the benefit of almost two decades of experience, advising on fund secondary transactions, the formation of and investment in funds, manager-led fund restructurings and other complex fund-related transactions.

Matthew has a particular focus on private equity funds, but has also advised on hedge, infrastructure, real estate and other types of funds. He has advised a number of major domestic and international clients, who look to him for his deal-making skills and global transactional experience.

Notable recent matters include his representation of a major secondary fund manager on the provision of capital for a liquidity event for a major European fund, the provision of funding for a take-private transaction of a London AIM listed company, and that client's acquisition of a substantial stake in a South African private equity fund and facilitation of the spin-out of the fund’s manager.

Matthew has also recently advised a sovereign wealth fund on primary fund investments and secondary fund interest acquisitions valued at more than US$3 billion, and also advised a syndicate of institutional investors on a stapled primary/secondary private equity fund transaction with a value in excess of £400 million.

Prior to joining White & Case in September 2014, Matthew worked in the investment funds practices of two other, leading international law firms, and in the private equity practice of a major law firm based in Australia.

Bars and Courts
England and Wales
Education
LLB
University of Sydney
BSc
Economics
Macquarie University
Languages
English

Experience

HarbourVest, 2011–2014
Representation of HarbourVest Partners in a number of secondary funds transactions, including its acquisition of a substantial stake in South African private equity fund Absa Capital Private Equity Fund I (2013), its acquisition of a number of interests in Motion Equity Partners Fund I (2013/14), and its role in the take-private of Parseq plc (2011).

Sovereign Wealth Fund, ongoing
Representation of a sovereign wealth fund on primary fund investments and secondary fund interest acquisitions over a number of years, valued at more than US$3 billion.

Syndicate of Institutional Investors, 2013
Representation of a syndicate of institutional investors on a stapled primary/secondary private equity fund transaction with a value in excess of £400 million.