Linklaters boosts private equity team

The law firm has re-hired Ben Rodham to its private equity practice in London.

Global law firm Linklaters has hired Ben Rodham as a private equity partner in its London office, starting early in the New Year, according to a statement from the firm.

Rodham joins from Shearman & Sterling, where he was a partner in its private equity group, after little over a year with the firm. He spent spent close to nine years at Linklaters from 2004 to 2012, according to his LinkedIn profile, before moving to a partner role at Addleshaw Goddard.

Rodham’s experience includes advising private equity firms and other financial sponsors on all forms of leverage M&A, disposals, restructurings and portfolio company issues.

“We are really pleased to welcome Ben back to the firm,” Linklaters private equity partner Alex Woodward said in the statement. “He has worked on a number of high profile and complex transactions in recent years and his arrival will help the continued growth of our private equity practice and enable us to meet the strong demand for our services from key financial sponsor clients.”

2015 has been a busy year for the Linklaters private equity practice. It has advised on several high-profile transactions, including working with South Africa-based investment company Brait on its £1.9 billion (€2.6 billion; $3 billion) acquisition of New Look from Apax Partners and Permira, advising The Carlyle Group on its two-stage exit from the RAC to GIC and CVC Capital Partners, and working with Apollo on the €2.95 billion acquisition of Verallia from Saint-Gobain.