Stephen Bowman Principal Associate

Speaks:  English

Qualified: 2011 - Solicitor of England & Wales

Primary office:  London

Stephen Bowman

Stephen Bowman is a principal associate in the corporate team based in London, specialising in corporate transactions with a particular focus on domestic and international private M&A, mid-market private equity, venture capital, restructuring and general corporate law matters.

Stephen has sector-specific expertise in automotive, technology and healthcare transactions.

Often advising on complicated and challenging transactions, Stephen helps his clients cut through the complexity. He is a talented lawyer and provides quick, commercially focused and understandable advice. Stephen enjoys problem solving and his pragmatism helps bring deals together.


Private Equity

  • Advising the founders and management team of Roadworks Information Limited on the equity release sale and rollover investment with Bridgepoint Growth Fund.
  • Advising the partners of fund manager Vantage Infrastructure (formerly Hastings Fund Management) on their equity investment and incentive terms alongside majority owner Northill Capital.
  • Advising Lloyds Development Capital (LDC) on their exit and reinvestment alongside Phoenix Equity Partners in the MBO of Forest Holidays.
  • Advising Derek Hood on the disposal, reinvestment and fundraising in JD Classics alongside Charme Capital Partners.
  • Advising the founders of Roof-Maker on their £30m disposal and rollover alongside Next Wave Partners and Pricoa.
  • Advising Palatine Impact Fund on their MBO of e-Days Absence Management Limited.
  • Advising Cairngorm Capital Partners on their MBI of MJ Wilson Group.
  • Advising the founders and management team on the sale and BIMBO of Aston Scott Group to Bowmark Capital.
  • Advising Mobeus Equity Partners on its secondary MBO of Arc Specialist Engineer from Greybull Capital.

Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A)

  • Advising the founders and management of Clearscore on its £275m sale to Experian (subject to CMA approval).
  • Advising the sellers of technology business Rant & Rave on the £50m cross-border sale to Upland Software.
  • Advising Wilmington Plc on its £19m acquisition of Health Services Journal (HSJ) from Ascential plc.
  • Advising Ford on the divestment of various Ford dealership businesses in the United Kingdom.
  • Advising Synlab on the acquisition of Lextox Drug and Alcohol testing.
  • Advising the founders on the disposal of healthcare consulting business Maxwell Stanley Consulting Limited.
  • Advising on the UK aspects of Legrand Holding's multi-million dollar acquisition of Server Technology Inc.
  • Advising the sellers of Kent Pharmaceuticals on their €71.2m sale to DCC Healthcare.
  • Advising the sellers on the disposal of Pyser-SGI Group to Privet Capital.
  • Advising on the merger of several GP practices into Lakeside Healthcare, forming the biggest GP partnership in the UK.

Venture, Growth and Infrastructure Capital and other fundraising

  • Advising the founders of Greenko Energy on the US$ 447m fundraise from GIC and Abu Dhabi Investment Authority in June 2018.
  • Advising Draper Esprit on its Series A, secondary and follow-on investments in electronic car charging company Pod Point as part of two £18m rounds.
  • Advising Barclays Bank on its Series A investment in FinTech payment processing company Form3 in a $5m round.
  • Advising Business Growth Fund on its investments and follow on investments (totalling £14m) in TCC and Record Sure.
  • Advising KCC on the deployment of its regional growth fund across various equity investments.
  • Advising Spiralite on its £3.1m fundraising from Octopus Investments.
  • Advising Oxford Bio Therapeutics Limited on various fundraising rounds.
  • Acting on various other unpublishable investments from series seed through to pre-IPO fundraising.

Career & Recognition

Filter timeline:
  • 2018

    • Career
      July 2018
      Gowling WLG (UK), principal associate
  • 2016

    • Career
      July 2016
      Gowling WLG (UK) LLP, senior associate
    • Career
      Gowling WLG (UK) LLP, associate
  • 2015

    • Career
      Gowling WLG (UK), associate
  • 2014

    • Career
      Cripps LLP, Solicitor
  • 2011

    • Career
      Brachers LLP, Solicitor
    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Qualified, Solicitor of England & Wales
  • 2009

    • Education
      BPP Law School, London, Legal Practice Course
  • 2008

    • Education
      Queen Mary, University of London, Law LLB