Fatema Orjela - McDermott Will & Emery


Fatema is an award-winning private equity partner whose practice focuses on providing strategic counsel to European and US private equity sponsors. She has pan-European cross sector experience on the full range of corporate matters, including leveraged buyouts, strategic mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, structured and minority equity investments, equity and debt restructurings, and management equity plans, as well as related advisory work.

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Further examples of Fatema’s work include acting for Private Equity, Corporate M&A, Sovereign Wealth, and Distressed investors as follows:

Private Equity (large, mid, small cap):

  • Achieve Partners on its acquisition of a majority stake in Boclips, whose library of video and audio content is used by publishers, schools, universities, and Ministries of Education around the world, and which is headquartered in the UK*
  • Altamont Capital on its acquisition of Accelerant, a vertically integrated insurance company focused on UK and EU SMEs, and the establishment of Accelerant’s bolt-on buy-out platform*
  • Apollo Global Management, LLC (through certain investment funds affiliated therewith) and its portfolio, CareerBuilder, on the disposal of Textkernel, a global leading AI-powered HR technology provider, to Main Capital Partners*

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  • Chambers UK 2024, Ranked for Private Equity: Buyouts: £500 million and above
  • The Legal 500 UK 2024, Leading Individual for Private Equity: Transactions – Mid-Market Deals
  • Women in Business Law EMEA Awards, Private Equity Lawyer of the Year, 2023. Shortlisted in 2022 and 2021.
  • Law360, “Rising Stars” 2022, named to a list of lawyers under 40 “whose legal accomplishments transcend their age”.
  • The Law Society of England and Wales Excellence Awards 2021, Woman Solicitor of the Year.
  • Law.com, named to the “Rising Stars: The UK’s Best 25 Under 40 Up and Coming Female Lawyers” list, 2022
  • Private Funds Management (pfm) “30 under 40”, named as one of the world’s top 30 private equity lawyers under 40


  • Women in Law, London, co-founder
  • Oxford Women in Law, advisory panel member



Oxford Institute of Legal Practice, Legal Practice Course, 2006
Brasenose College, Oxford University, BA Jurisprudence, 2005

England and Wales