Patrick G.Stafford

Practice Leader Private Equity

London + 44.20.7039.5233

Patrick Stafford is co-leader of Private Equity for the Firm's Corporate Practice. He has more than 20 years of experience advising financial institutions, sponsors, investors, and their portfolio companies on the full range of corporate transactions, including domestic and cross-border buyouts, add-ons and portfolio company representations, growth equity, and venture capital. He acts as principal counsel to several private equity investors and regularly advises technology companies and their investors at every stage of development from early to later-stage financing rounds.

He has advised financial institutions such as Goldman Sachs; private equity investors EagleTree, The Riverside Company, and True Capital; and venture capital investors Index Ventures, Quadrille, Elaia Partners, Sofinnova, Alven, Idinvest, and Passion Capital, among others, as well as advising venture-backed businesses such as Deezer, Criteo, and 360Learning.

Patrick is regularly recommended in the Chambers UK and Legal 500 UK directories.

Experience

  • Mérieux Equity Partners, Illumina Ventures and Heran Partners invest in Broken String BiosciencesJones Day advised Mérieux Equity Partners, Illumina Ventures and Heran Partners in the Series A financing of Broken String Biosciences, a genomics company based in the UK.
  • True Capital acquires Apparel Brands LimitedJones Day advised True Capital in the acquisition of Apparel Brands Limited, which owns fashion brands such as Bench, Hooch and Nicce as well as holding licences for Farah, Smith & Jones, Caterpillar and Seafolly.
  • Affinity Partners leads €207 million Series F financing of EGYMJones Day represented Affinity Partners in its acquisition of an interest in EGYM, a global fitness technology and corporate health innovation leader, in a Series F financing of €107 million, with an additional €100 million available for future investments.
  • Riverside sells Guestline to Access GroupJones Day represented The Riverside Company in connection with the sale of portfolio company Guestline, a UK-based provider of mission critical software for the hospitality sector, to Access Group.
  • TRG acquires Symec TechnologiesJones Day advised TRG, a global managed service provider focused on enterprise mobility, point of sale, and payments, in the acquisition of Symec Technologies Limited, a leading Mobile Technology Solutions and Managed Services company headquartered in Bristol, UK, with an additional facility in Poznan, Poland, expanding TRG's UK and European operations.
  • Riverside sells Modern Hire to HireVueJones Day represented The Riverside Company in connection with the sale of portfolio company Modern Hire, the all-in-one enterprise hiring platform that enables organizations to continuously improve hiring experiences and outcomes with trusted science and technology, to HireVue, a global leader in video interviewing, assessments, and text-enabled recruiting tools.
  • Impact Partners invests in We Are DigitalJones Day advised Impact Partners, Europe's largest Impact fund, in the $6.6 million Series A financing of We Are Digital, a tech-for-good company building the world’s first one-stop-shop platform to run welfare services more efficiently.
  • Riverside portfolio company acquires Newbridge Software, Ltd.Jones Day advised The Riverside Company in the acquisition of Newbridge Software, Ltd., a cloud-native electronic point of sale (ePOS) software company, that provides their offering to bars, restaurants and the wider hospitality industry.
  • Deezer invests to create livestreaming powerhouse as Driift acquires DreamstageJones Day is advising Deezer S.A. in its £4 million investment in the merger of Driift and Dreamstage, creating a livestreaming powerhouse.
  • Riverside sells Brookson to People2.0Jones Day advised The Riverside Company in the sale of Brookson Group Limited to People2.0, a TPG portfolio company.
  • Shopify participates in $100 million Series C growth equity financing of CodatJones Day represented Shopify, the e-commerce platform, in connection with its participation in the $100 million Series C growth equity financing of Codat, the universal API for small business data.
  • EagleTree backed companies, Arc and The Channel Company, acquire Incisive MediaJones Day advised EagleTree portfolio companies, Arc and The Channel Company, in the acquisition of Incisive Media.
  • Riverside sells Bohemia Interactive Simulations to BAE SystemsJones Day advised The Riverside Company in the sale of Bohemia Interactive Simulations (Bohemia) to BAE Systems, one of the world’s largest defense contractors.
  • 360Learning acquires LooopJones Day advised 360Learning, the global collaborative learning SaaS leader, in its acquisition of Looop Online Limited, the UK's leading and top-rated learning management system.
  • Quadrille Capital participates in $500 million Series E financing round of JobandtalentJones Day advised Quadrille Capital SAS in connection with participation in the $500 million Series E round of financing of jobandtalent, the world's leading digital temp staffing agency that uses AI to match workers to casual labor jobs in sectors like warehousing, commerce, and logistics.
  • EagleTree Capital portfolio company Arc acquires rural and leisure portfolio from Fortem InternationalJones Day advised EagleTree Capital in the acquisition by portfolio company Arc of five rural sector events from Fortem International.
  • Elaia Partners invests in Quantum Dice seed roundJones Day advised Elaia Partners in the £2 million pre-seed round of funding in Quantum Dice, a developer of the world’s first compact and continuously self-certifying quantum random number generator (QRNG) for encryption and cybersecurity.
  • Deezer buys minority stake in livestream company DriiftJones Day advised Deezer in its minority investment in Driift Holdings Limited, a producer and promoter of live streamed events.
  • True Capital acquires majority stake in SneakJones Day advised True Capital Ltd in the acquisition of a majority stake in D2C zero sugar, energy drink business, Sneak.
  • Passion Capital sells UK Vehicle Ltd to Cazoo Holdings LimitedJones Day advised Passion Capital in the sale of the entire issued share capital of UK Vehicle Ltd, a data services business, to Cazoo Holdings Limited; and the immediate repurchase of the entire issued share capital of Car and Classic Holdings Ltd, a subsidiary company of UK Vehicle Ltd, by certain parties including Passion Capital.