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Shaun Lascelles

Shaun Lascelles Partner, Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity

Shaun’s practice focuses on cross-border M&A and private equity work. He has extensive experience advising a broad range of private equity firms, hedge funds, state-owned investment funds and other investment funds.

Experience Highlights

  • Vitol Group and Helios Investment Partners in Vivo Energy’s initial public offering on the London Stock Exchange and Johannesburg Stock Exchange (the largest London IPO of the year to date and the largest Africa-focused IPO in a decade, with a valuation of close to £2 billion) 
  • Vitol Group on its sale of a 50% stake in the VTTI Group, one of the largest independent global energy terminal businesses, to Buckeye Partners, L.P. for $1.15 billion
  • Vitol Group and Vitol Investment Partnership on their $2.6 billion proposed acquisition of Royal Dutch Shell plc's Australia downstream businesses
  • Vitol Investment Partnership on its $850 million acquisition of 50% of VTTI BV, a terminals operating business, from MISC Berhad 
  • BlackRock, Inc. in its acquisition of MGPA, a Singapore-based private equity real estate investment advisory firm (this transaction was named “Global Deal of the Year” for 2013 by PERE Magazine
  • BlackRock, Inc.in its acquisition of the Exchange Traded Funds division of Credit Suisse AG (Switzerland) 
  • Formation Capital, a U.S. based private investment management firm, in its $763 million acquisition of the HC-One Group that is one of the UK’s largest elderly health care home groups, plus its bolt-on acquisition of Meridian Healthcare
  • Helios Investment Partners and Vitol Group in their $1 billion acquisition of the African downstream operations of Royal Dutch Shell 
  • Vitol Group and Helios Investment Partners on their acquisition of a 60% interest in the downstream operations of Oando PLC in Nigeria 
  • Cosan S.A. Indústria e Comércio (Brazil) in its $1.8 billion acquisition of a 60 percent stake in Companhia de Gás de São Paulo (Brazil) from BG Group plc 

Other Representative Experience

  • Vitol Group and Helios Investment Partners in relation to their $250 million buy-out of Shell's 20% stake in Vivo Energy, the company behind the Shell brand in Africa, plus at the same time acting for Vivo Energy in relation to the long-term extension of its brand license agreements relating to its use of the Shell brand in Africa
  • Vitol Group and Vitol Investment Partnership in joint venture arrangements with The Carlyle Group, in connection with the establishment of Varo Energy, a major midstream energy business in north-west Europe 
  • Veritas Capital and Excelitas Technologies Corp. in the acquisition from Arle Capital Partners of Qioptiq S.a.r.l. (Luxembourg), a manufacturer of electronic and optical components 
  • Formation Capital and HC-One on its acquisition of Meridian Healthcare Group (an operator of care homes in the UK) 
  • Doughty Hanson & Co in various transactions including:

    • in its $1.4 billion sale of Vue Entertainment Ltd to Alberta Investment Management Corporation and OMERS Private Equity 
    • advising portfolio company Vue Entertainment Ltd in its acquisition of Multikino S.A. (Poland)
    • in the £875 million sale of Priory Healthcare Group to ABN AMRO
    • in the €200 million management buy-out of TV3 
  • Ares Life Sciences / Waypoint Capital, an investment fund created by the Bertarelli family, in connection with their investment in the Affidea, an operator of diagnostic, clinical laboratory and cancer treatment centres, including their (i) acquisition with Montagu Private Equity of a 35% stake from Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and (ii) subsequent buy-out of Montagu Private Equity’s stake
  • Ares Life Sciences and Stallergenes SA on the proposed cross-border merger between Stallergenes SA and Greer Laboratories 
  • Fortune Dynasty Holdings Limited and its majority Hong Kong shareholder, on its public-to-private acquisition of Fortune Oil PLC, a company headquartered in Hong Kong and listed on the London Stock Exchange 
  • The financial advisor to MasterCard Incorporated in its approximately $520 million acquisition of DataCash Group plc, a payment services provider 
  • TPG Capital in its $100 million acquisition of a minority stake in VTB Bank from the Government of Russia and several other investment opportunities in Russia 
  • The financial advisors to Emerson Electric Company in its approximately $1.5 billion acquisition of Chloride Group plc, a provider of power supply products 
  • Blackstone in connection with its investment in Fisterra Energy 
  • Ford Motor Company in the $925 million sale of Aston Martin Lagonda Group Limited to Investment Dar of Kuwait 
  • Roman Abramovich, Millhouse Capital and Chelsea Limited on the £59 million cash offer for Chelsea Village PLC, the holding company of Chelsea Football Club 
  • Westfield Holdings Limited in connection with numerous matters including:

    • on its shareholding in the Stratford City Project, site of the 2012 Olympic games
    • on the $1 billion refinancing of its investment in the Duelguide Group
    • on its $119 million acquisition of a 25% stake in the White City shopping development from Multiplex and the Reuben Brothers 
  • Honeywell International on its $555 million cash offer for First Technology plc and its billion pound cash offer for Novar plc 
  • Millhouse Capital and the majority shareholders in Sibneft on the $13 billion sale of their shares in Sibneft to Gazprom Finance BV 
  • Access Industries Inc on the €4.4 billion management buy-out of Basell N.V. from BASF and the Royal Dutch/Shell Group 
  • One of the largest state-owned electric utility enterprises in China in its $1.2 billion acquisition of a 50% interest in an international power generation company

Contact Details


T +44.20.7065.6010
20 Fenchurch Street
24th Floor
London EC3M 3BY
United Kingdom
Local time: 1:16 PM
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Shaun's Practices

  • The College of Law, York, 1993
  • Trinity College, Cambridge, 1992
  • Admitted to practice: Solicitor in England and Wales
  • Chambers UK, Private Equity: Buyouts: High-end Capability – UK-wide, 2016
  • Legal 500: UK, Corporate and Commercial, M&A Upper Mid Market and Premium Deals, 2017 and 2018; Projects, Energy and Natural Resources, Oil and Gas, 2018
  • Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC, IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms, Private Equity, M&A, United Kingdom, 2018

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