Linklaters and DLA among firms advising as Pret A Manger owner Bridgepoint buys Miller Homes

Linklaters and DLA Piper have won roles as London-headquartered private equity group Bridgepoint acquires Edinburgh-based Miller Homes for £665m, from funds managed by GSO Capital Partners.

The pair acted on the deal alongside Travers Smith and White & Case.

DLA acted for Miller Homes, one of the largest privately-owned housebuilders in the UK. The firm’s team in the City included M&A co-chair Jon Kenworthy and head of European private equity Tim Wright.

Pret A Manger owner Bridgepoint was advised by Linklaters and Travers.

City firm Travers fielded a team including private equity partners Edmund Reed and Ian Shawyer, head of real estate Simon Rutman, tax partner Jessica Kemp, head of competition Nigel Seay and head of pensions Daniel Gerring.

GSO turned to a London-based White & Case team that comprised M&A partners Gavin Weir and Marcus Booth, banking partners Gareth Eagles and Emma Foster, employment partner Nicholas Greenacre, and IP partner Philip Trillmich.

In 2014, Miller Homes scrapped plans for an initial public offering on the London Stock Exchange.

Last month, White & Case was hit with a record fine of £250,000 for conflict of interest and confidentiality failures, with one London partner fined an additional £50,000.

The fines related to a 2014 High Court case in which the firm was blocked from acting for Ukrainian client Victor Pinchuk.

In June, DLA Piper was hit by a ransomware cyber attack that derailed its email systems and telephone lines.

Linklaters declined to comment on the deal.