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.
- BPP Law School, London (Legal Practice Course 2001); London School of Economics (LL.B. in English Law and French Law 2000; Company Law Prize 2000); University of Strasbourg, France (Diploma in French Law 1999)
- Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales
Chambers — private equity (2016 and 2017), where he is noted for advising investors and corporate clients on private equity and M&A transactions of significant value and scale: "he's excellent," reports one client; "he is able to cut through the detail and minimise legal risk, and he works quickly and efficiently"
Legal 500 — private equity (2014-2017) and venture capital (2013)
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