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Magic Circle Firms Advise on £500m IPO of Misys

Magic Circle Firms Advise on £500m IPO of Misys

Financial services software provider Misys, has recently sought advice for its proposed initial public offering (IPO) on the London Stock Exchange. Magic circle firms Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Linklaters and Slaughter & May as well as US firm Kirkland & Ellis have each played roles on the £500 million IPO. Since 2012, Misys has been owned by Vista Equity and provides financial services software for a multitude of industries, including capital markets, investment management and enterprise risk.

Kirkland acted for Vista Equity, and has a long-lasting relationship with the private equity house with US partner David Breach holding the lead in-house position. However, this is a first time for Freshfields as Misys’ legal advisor, with co-head of international capital markets, Sarah Murphy leading the deal. Freshfields seems to have usurped Allen & Overy as regular legal counsel for Misys with the latter advising them on their failed merger talks in 2012 with Temenos.

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