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Simon Tinkler, Partner at Clifford Chance, Appointed Senior Legal Advisor to CD&R

Simon Tinkler
Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice today announced that Simon Tinkler has been appointed as Senior Legal Advisor to CD&R LLP. In his new role, Mr. Tinkler will work closely with the European investment team to support CD&R LLP’s existing portfolio companies and offer strategic advice on new transactions.

“Simon is a talented legal executive who has been a trusted advisor to the firm over the past 15 years,” said Dave Novak, CD&R Co-President and Head of the Firm’s European business. “His astute judgment and years of transaction experience have proved valuable to our investment activities, and his strong work ethic and values line up well with our culture. We look forward to his continued contributions to the Firm in this new role.”

Mr. Tinkler has worked closely with CD&R LLP on a range of transactions including the 2013 acquisition and 2014 public listing of B&M Retail, one of the largest value variety retailers in the UK; the 2015 acquisition of Motor Fuel Group, the largest independent forecourt operator in the U.K. by number of sites; the 2016 acquisition of BUT and subsequent combination with Conforama Group, creating the largest furniture retail group in France by revenue; CD&R’s 2020 investment in LSE-listed SIG plc, a leading distributor of specialist building products in Europe; last September’s take-private of UDG Healthcare which was combined with existing portfolio company Huntsworth tocreate a scaled global pharma services leader; and last November’s landmark acquisition of Morrisons, one of the United Kingdom’s leading grocers by revenue.

“Working closely with the CD&R team in Europe on numerous transactions, I have developed a deep appreciation for CD&R’s special culture and value creation strategy based on the combination of outstanding investment judgment and deep operational skills,” said Mr. Tinkler. “I very much look forward to supporting the Firm’s ongoing success in my new role.”

Mr. Tinkler joined Clifford Chance, an international law firm headquartered in London, in 1995, becoming a partner in 2000 and later serving in various leadership roles including head of HR for the London Corporate Practice and Head of London Corporate Practice. He specialized in international public and private M&A with a particular focus on private equity transactions and other aspects of corporate finance work. He has advised private equity firms, corporates, and investment banks on a wide range of matters, including leveraged buyouts, IPOs and PIPEs, acquisitions and disposals, takeovers, mergers, joint ventures, restructurings, and refinancing.

Mr. Tinkler was appointed as Deputy High Court Judge in England and Wales in 2021. He sits on the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, an independent body that oversees allegations of misconduct against members of the legal profession. Mr. Tinkler holds a B.A. in Law from Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge.

About Clayton, Dubilier & Rice
Clayton, Dubilier & Rice is a private investment firm with a strategy predicated on building stronger, more profitable businesses. Since inception, CD&R has managed the investment of approximately $40 billion in more than 100 companies with an aggregate transaction value of more than $175 billion. The Firm has offices in New York and London. For more information, please visit