Steven Hannah focuses on advising private equity firms and other financial sponsors and their portfolio companies on leveraged buyouts, disposals, consortium and minority equity investments, transaction structuring and general corporate matters, including bolt-on transactions, restructurings, recapitalisations, management incentive schemes, senior executive hires and dismissals, and other strategic matters.


Mr. Hannah’s recent representations include advising:

  • funds advised by Castik Capital in the sale of approximately 25% of portfolio company Waterlogic Holdings Limited to British Columbia Investment Management Corporation; 
  • EPIC funds managed by Castik Capital in their acquisition of majority stakes in IPAN GmbH and Delegate;
  • Montagu Private Equity LLP and the other shareholders of Equatex in its €354 million disposal to Computershare;
  • Hg in matters including:
    • as lead investor in the US$5.3 billion buyout of Visma, a leading provider of business software in the Nordic region. This was Europe’s largest-ever software buyout; and
    • its investment in Allocate;
  • Sovos Compliance, LLC, a portfolio company of Hg, in its acquisitions of TrustWeaver AB and Paperless;
  • Open International, a Montagu portfolio company, in its acquisition of Transactor Global Solutions; and
  • CogitalGroup, an Hg portfolio company, in its acquisition of Wilkins Kennedy.

Mr. Hannah’s representations prior to joining Skadden include advising:

  • Hg in its acquisitions of Blick Rothenberg, the former BPO Division of Visma and Baldwins (collectively to form the Cogital Group), Kinapse, Parts Alliance and Sovos Compliance;
  • Montagu Private Equity in its acquisitions of DEAS, Open International, Equatex, Accurate Equity, CAP and the University of Law;
  • EPIC funds managed by Castik Capital in the acquisition of Waterlogic and Angel Springs;
  • EPIC funds portfolio company Waterlogic in its acquisition of OneSource;
  • CVC Capital Partners in leading a consortium including Temasek Holdings and Vatera Healthcare Partners on their acquisition of a controlling stake in Alvogen;
  • Qatar Investment Authority in the acquisition, together with BRF Foods, of approximately 80 percent of the shares of Banvit Bandırma Vitaminli Yem Sanayi, a Turkish-listed company operating in the poultry sector, from its controlling shareholders;
  • Rhone Capital in its acquisition of ASK Chemicals;
  • the founders and management of Avast software in the sale of a 40 percent interest to CVC Capital Partners;
  • LDC in its equity investment into a multinational financial services firm; and
  • Oaktree Capital Management in its disposal of R&R Ice Cream.



  • Law Diploma, University of Edinburgh, 2005
  • LL.B.(Hons), University of Edinburgh, 2004


  • England & Wales

Steven Hannah

Counsel, Corporate; Private Equity