Neil Barlow

Specializes in cross-border M&A, with a particular focus on private equity transactions.

Neil advises international and domestic private equity houses, financial sponsors and corporates on a wide range of matters including acquisitions, disposals, leveraged buyouts, takeovers, mergers, joint ventures, minority and growth capital investments, PIPEs, IPOs and restructurings.

Neil has particular experience of advising on M&A in North America, Europe and Latin America and is adept at executing domestic or cross-border transactions involving those geographies.

Neil has spent time on secondment with CVC Capital Partners and with 3i.


Eric Schaffer

Represents domestic and international financial investors and their platforms and strategics on a wide range of matters including cross-border and domestic mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures, minority and growth capital investments and corporate reorganizations.

Eric also has particular experience advising financial investors in connection with secondaries transactions.


Carla Ruggero

Carla is a member of the firm’s Latin America group. Her experience focuses on advising foreign and domestic buyers and sellers on M&A transactions in Latin America with respect to assets in the energy, banking, telecom, chemical, oil & gas (production and exploration), transport infrastructure (railway and ports) and manufacturing industries.

Carla has also advised issuers and underwriters in debt and equity capital markets transactions involving Latin American issuers.

This program is approved for CLE and CPD credit in the following states: Arkansas, British Columbia, California, Illinois, Nevada, New York, Pennsylvania and Texas. 

This program is pending CLE credit in the following states: Georgia, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Wyoming and Wisconsin.

This program is pending CLE and CPD credit for self-application by the attorney or for reciprocal CLE credit in the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Québec, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Washington.

We do NOT provide CLE for: Virginia or Mississippi.


This program is appropriate for newly admitted attorneys and experienced attorneys.


Partnering with Private Equity for In-House Counsel: Understanding the Governance and Exit Playbook


Event Description

In Today’s world, partnering with Private Equity is an increasingly common occurrence. And as in-house counsel, we are often key players in the formation and execution of those relationships. In the rapidly evolving private equity landscape, in-house counsel must have the foresight and expertise to guide and navigate the business through the private equity journey.


Join us on Tuesday, February 6, 2024 at 12pm ET / 9am PT for the next edition of our IHC Fundamentals Series, as Carla Ruggero, Eric Schaffer and Neil Barlow of Clifford Chance will discuss the governance structures, contractual nuances, and common scenarios that are essential for in-house counsel to navigate the complexities of private equity investments.


Discussion topics include:


  1. Common Deal Terms in Private Equity: Board representation, voting and information rights, conflict of interest, non-compete and non-solicitation provisions, and more.
  2. Strategic Corporate Partnerships: Focus on how private equity sponsors and strategic corporates can effectively align their interests. We’ll discuss the importance of governance structures in fostering successful, mutually beneficial partnerships.
  3. Founder-Backed Business Dynamics: Examine the unique challenges and opportunities presented when private equity sponsors partner with founder-backed businesses.

Who should attend:

In-house counsel, compliance officers, risk managers and legal operations professionals who participate in or manage corporate operations and strategy.


There is NO COST to attend this program!

This LIVE program is FREE thanks to our gracious sponsor, Clifford Chance! If you can’t make it to the live program, the recording will only be available for viewing via our paid CLE library, In-House Connect On-Demand!

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