Partners Group’s Acquisition of North Star

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer advised Partners Group on the deal. White & Case advised Basalt Infrastructure Partners in the sale.

Partners Group, a leading global private markets firm, acting on behalf of its clients, acquired North Star. The company is an operator of specialized vessels that offer emergency response and rescue and essential offshore wind maintenance services.

Headquartered in Aberdeen, Scotland, North Star is an established infrastructure company with a fleet of 48 Emergency Response and Rescue Vessels (ERRVs) and Service Operation Vessels (SOVs) and around 1,400 employees. North Star’s ERRV fleet is the largest in Europe and provides essential crew rescue, firefighting, and other emergency response services to offshore energy operations in the North Sea. The Company is also the leading UK provider of SOVs which are used to transport technicians to offshore windfarms and accommodate them for extended periods of time. 

The multi-jurisdictional Freshfields team was led by partners Heiner Braun (Global Transactions; Frankfurt), Tim Wilmot (Picture – Global Transactions; London) and principal associate Friedrich von der Heydt (Global Transactions; Hamburg). It included, inter alia, the partners: Michele Davis (Antitrust, Competition and Trade; London), Christopher Davis (Finance; London) and Martin Schiessl (Tax; Frankfurt), as well as George Clarke, Hugh Laundy, Alex Ryan, Till Burmeister, Radu Valeanu and Agnieszka Chambellan (Global Transactions; London, Hamburg, Paris and Frankfurt), Louise Asbridge (Finance; London), Megan Yeates (Antitrust, Competition and Trade; London) and Counsel Tanja Walter-Yadegardjam (Tax; Düsseldorf).

The White & Case team in London which advised on the transaction was led by partner Sandra Rafferty, with support from associates Mahir Maini and Josephine Levick.

Involved fees earner: Louise Asbridge – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP; Heiner Braun – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP; Till Burmeister – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP; Agnieszka Chambellan – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP; George Clarke – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP; Michele Davis – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP; Christopher Davis – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP; Hugh Laundy – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP; Alexander Ryan – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP; Martin Schiessl – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP; Radu Valeanu – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP; Friedrich von der Heydt-von Kalckreuth – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP; Tanja Walter-Yadegardjam – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP; Tim Wilmot – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP; Megan Yeates – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP; Josephine Levick – White & Case; Mahir Maini – White & Case; Sandra Rafferty – White & Case;

Law Firms: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP; White & Case;

Clients: Basalt Infrastructure Partners LLP; Partners Group;

Giulia Di Palma

Author: Giulia Di Palma