Richard Youle is co-head of Skadden’s Private Equity Group. He focuses on private equity matters, including advising private equity houses and financial sponsor clients on all types of leveraged M&A and portfolio assistance, such as restructuring advice.


Mr. Youle is recognised as a leading individual in The Legal 500 UK and a Market Leader in IFLR1000. Additionally, he is ranked in Tier 1 in Chambers UK, which quotes clients describing him as a “superb negotiator” who “ensures an excellent service.” He also was named to Best Lawyers in the UK 2021 and as a 2018 Private Equity MVP by Law360.

Mr. Youle’s representations since joining Skadden include advising:

  • Coty Inc. in its strategic partnership with KKR & Co. Inc. including the carveout sale of 60% of its professional beauty and retail hair businesses to KKR with an enterprise value of US$4.3 billion;
  • funds advised by Castik Capital in CPA Global’s $6.8 billion all-stock combination with Clarivate plc.;
  • funds advised by Castik Capital in the sale of approximately 25% of portfolio company Waterlogic Holdings Limited to British Columbia Investment Management Corporation;
  • Transaction Services Group (TSG) in Calera Capital’s sale of a majority stake in TSG to Advent International Corporation;
  • Hg in a number of matters, including:
    • in its acquisition of a minority stake in Argus Media, an independent provider of energy and commodity price reporting;
    • in its £410 million sale of U.K.-based visual effects producer Foundry to Roper Technologies, a U.S.-headquartered technology company specializing in niche markets;
    • 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;
    • in its further €640 million investment in Visma and its investment in Litera Microsystems;
    • in the sale of its portfolio company JLA Limited to Cinven Limited;
    • in its sale of Ullink SAS to Itiviti AB, a portfolio company of Nordic Capital;
    • in its sale of Radius GGE, Inc. to Vistra Holdings S.à r.l.; and
    • in its sale of Raet to Visma Group;
  • funds advised by Castik Capital in their acquisition of two IP management services and software companies, ipan Group and Delegate, and their subsequent merger with CPA Global, a portfolio company of Leonard Green Partners and Partners Group;
  • funds advised by Castik Capital in their acquisition of AddSecure from Arby Partners;
  • Sovos Compliance, LLC, a portfolio company of HgCapital LLP, in its acquisitions of TrustWeaver AB and Paperless;
  • I Squared Capital in its acquisition of PEMA from Société Générale;
  • IRIS Software Group Ltd (United Kingdom) in its acquisition of FMP Global;
  • Hg6 Fund and IRIS Software Group Limited in IRIS Software’s sale to Hg Saturn Fund and Intermediate Capital Fund plc;
  • Pret A Manger Ltd, a portfolio company of JAB Holding Company LLC, in its acquisition of EAT Limited;
  • HighQ Solutions Limited in its sale to Thomson Reuters Corporation; and
  • Montagu Private Equity LLP and the other shareholders of Equatex in its €354 million disposal to Computershare.

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

  • a consortium comprised of ADIA, Allianz Capital Partners, Borealis Infrastructure and Munich Re in the acquisition of 100 percent of Autobahn Tank & Rast;
  • Global Infrastructure Partners in the agreement to acquire a 35 percent stake in Terminal Investment Ltd from MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company;
  • Hg in its acquisitions of Kinapse, Sovos Compliance, the Raet Group, The Foundry, Team System, Manx Telecom, JLA, Iris Software Group, e-conomic, Nair & Co, Parts Alliance and NetNames; and its investment in Mitratech; and
  • Montagu Private Equity LLP in multiple acquisitions.



  • Legal Practice Course, The College of Law, 1996
  • LL.B., Newcastle University, 1995


  • England & Wales
  • Solicitor, England & Wales