Sean heads up the National Private Equity practice and leads the South Corporate team covering its Solent, Thames Valley and Milton Keynes offices. A top-class corporate partner, he is identified by Chambers and Partners as "a leader in his fields" and in Legal 500, he is "considered to be the best corporate lawyer on the South coast."

Since joining Shoosmiths in 2004, Sean has built the private equity team into the first-class national practice it is today. Acting for equity providers, management teams and financial sponsors. the team have a unique national footprint, with a top-class equity offering across the UK from Edinburgh to Solent.

Major deals where Sean has recently acted include:

  • acting for LDC on the sale of CIPHR to ECI Partners and its investment in FSP;
  • acting for Management on the buyout of Ascenti Health by bd-capital partners;
  • acting for the Sellers on the acquisition of and management on the buyout of Phoenix Datacom by an LDC backed Newco;
  • acting for the shareholders of Solent Group on its £117m sale to quoted Swedish corporate Humble Group AB (publ);
  • acting for the shareholders of Spectrum Corporate Finance on its sale to FRP for c £12.4m;
  • acting for Dukes Education Group on various acquisitions including Northwood Schools, Hampton Court House and The Kindergartens Group of nurseries;
  • acting for Castik Capital backed TBAuctions on its acquisition of British Medical Auctions; and
  • acting for management on the sale of eCogra to Hanover Investments.

Sean Wright has been ranked in The Chambers 100 – a prestigious list of the best 100 business lawyers in the UK. Sean has been ranked on the list for his ‘commercial awareness and negotiation skills’, and ability to ‘maintain goodwill but win the key points’. Sean ‘provides hands-on personal service and has loads of experience and the ability to negotiate in a friendly way.’ The Chambers 100.

Sean qualified in London in 1990, gaining practical experience with a year’s secondment to Shell International Plc. He joined Shoosmiths in 2004 as an Equity Partner.


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