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Graham Phillips

Graham Phillips


Graham Phillips

Graham Phillips specialises in corporate and M&A.

Graham advises private equity houses, financial sponsors and corporates on a wide range of matters, including acquisitions and disposals, takeovers, mergers, joint ventures, equity raises, restructurings, refinancings and general corporate advisory matters.

Graham acts for clients across a range of sectors including healthcare and industrials, and has extensive experience in the Energy & Resources sector.

  • Onex on its majority investment in Morson Group, an engineering and technical staffing and workforce solutions business
  • Onex on its acquisition of Independent Clinical Services, a healthcare workforce solutions business, from TowerBrook Capital
  • Partners Group in connection with its increased investment in Swiss watchmaker Breitling owned together with CVC
  • Blackstone on the merger of its portfolio company The Office Group with Fora, to create a premier flexible workspace group
  • Blackstone on the €1.64bn acquisition of CRH plc's European distribution unit
  • Gyrus Capital on its acquisition of Essential Pharma Group, an international specialty pharma company
  • Permira on its strategic equity investment in payment solutions provider Klarna
  • Cinven, Permira and Mid Europa on their acquisition of Allegro, the online marketplace, from Naspers
  • Verlinvest on the new investment by BC Partners in Valtech, a global leader in digital services and business transformation
  • CD&R portfolio company WSH Group on its acquisition of the coffee and bar chain Notes Coffee
  • Livingbridge and management on the sale of Portman Dental Care to Core Equity Holdings
  • Rhône Capital and GP Investments in connection with the combination of Austrian-listed RHI and Brazilian-listed Magnesita to create a leading refractory company listed on the London Stock Exchange
  • JP Morgan Infrastructure Investments Fund (IIF) on the acquisition of a 49% stake in several UK wind farms from Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners
  • The Rise Fund, a global impact investing fund managed by TPG, on the acquisition of approximately 1GW of solar PV projects from Chinese based Trina Solar
  • Iberdrola on the acquisition of a majority stake in eight offshore wind projects from Svea Vind Offshore AB in Sweden
  • Iberdrola on the sale of a portfolio of LNG assets to Temasek-owned Pavilion Energy
  • Iberdrola on the sale of Scottish Power’s portfolio of pumped storage, hydro and gas-fired power generation assets to UK-listed Drax Group
  • Harbour Energy on it's acquisition of Wintershall Dea assets from BASH and LetterOne
  • Chrysaor on its reverse takeover of UK-listed Premier Oil, resulting in the combined group (renamed Harbour Energy) being the largest independent oil and gas company listed on the London Stock Exchange
  • Chrysaor on the acquisition of ConocoPhillips’ UK oil and gas business
  • ENGIE and Mitsubishi on the sale of their stakes in an LNG bunkering business to joint venture partner NYK
  • ENGIE on the sale of its upstream and midstream LNG activities, liquefaction, shipping and international LNG trading, to Total
  • Iberdrola on the sale of ScottishPower's portfolio of pumped storage, hydro and gas-fired power generation assets to Drax Group plc
  • Shell on its acquisition of a global portfolio of LNG assets from Repsol
  • McLaren Group in relation to the combination of McLaren Automotive and McLaren Technology Group and buy-out of Ron Dennis

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Career and qualifications

  • Admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales 2004
  • Joined Clifford Chance 2012
  • Partner since 2015

Awards and citations

  • "Graham Phillips is very user friendly - he is a real problem-solver and has an excellent knowledge of the sector. He is extremely well liked and respected by executive teams and performs to a consistently high standard."
    Legal 500 UK 2019
  • Listed as a rising M&A star by Legal Week in 2015