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Sean Scanlon focuses on private equity-backed transactions and national and international mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Scanlon has advised on a large variety of corporate transactions and regularly acts for leading private equity houses, real estate investors, management teams and corporate clients.


  • Bluebird Partners on the sale of its Island View Holidays Group portfolio company, an Isle of Wight-based holiday and caravan park owner-operator, to AG Holiday Parks UK Limited.
  • Bluebird Partners on the acquisition and subsequent sale of Spacemaker, a self-storage business, to a subsidiary of Safestore Holdings plc.
  • Bregal Capital on the reorganisation of Cognita, an international private schools group, and the investment in Cognita by funds managed by KKR.
  • Bregal Capital on several acquisitions including of: (i) the Danwood Group; (ii) the Asquith Court Schools Group; and (iii) TBIH.
  • Duke Street Capital and Bregal Capital on the acquisition and subsequent syndication of Cox Insurance Holdings plc.
  • Gresham on several acquisitions including of: (i) the Olaer Group; (ii) the Swift Group; and (iii) the Restaurant Bar & Grill.
  • HiG on the acquisition of Allerford Limited.
  • KCK and Kingsway on their investments in Cars Global.
  • Montagu on the acquisition and subsequent sale of Cory Environmental.
  • Terra Firma (then the Nomura Principal Finance Group), whilst on secondment, on the acquisition of the Meridien Hotel Group.
  • Vendors on the sale of 50% of Hasting Insurance Group Limited to Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division.
  • Representation of the vendors and management on the sale of the 7city Group to Gresham.


Best Lawyers in the UK
Private Equity Law (2023-2024)
The Legal 500 UK
M&A: Mid-Market (2017, 2022)
Private Equity: Transactions (2017–2019)
Chambers UK
Promising Young Partner in Private Equity (2008)



  • L.P.C., De Montfort University, 1994, Commendation
  • LL.M., University of Leicester, 1993, with distinction
  • LL.B., University of Exeter, 1992


  • England and Wales