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Graham Conlon

Managing Partner, CMS Cameron McKenna, Ukraine

CMS Cameron McKenna Greszta i Sawicki sp.k.
Warsaw Financial Centre
ul. Emilii Plater 53
00-113 Warsaw
Poland
CMS Cameron McKenna Greszta i Sawicki sp.k.
Warsaw Financial Centre
ul. Emilii Plater 53
00-113 Warsaw
Poland
CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
London
EC4N 6AF
United Kingdom
Languages English, Russian

Graham Conlon is a partner and English-qualified solicitor, the Co-Head of International Private Equity, and the Managing Partner and Head of Corporate/M&A for CMS Cameron McKenna Ukraine. Graham divides his time between Warsaw and Kyiv.

He has a regional role and advises on private equity and M&A transactions throughout Europe, and beyond. He spent over five years working for Linklaters, advising on several high-profile cross-border transactions, mostly (but not exclusively) for private equity clients.

Graham holds a Masters in Finance from the London Business School (with a principal focus on corporate finance and M&A/private equity) and clients have remarked that Graham is "very pragmatic" and "very commercial" in his approach. He is ranked by Chambers and Partners, the Legal 500 and other legal directories. Graham recently won the Young Dealmaker of the Year prize by Mergermarket.

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"Graham’s analytical capability is extremely high. I never worried that he would miss any issues, which was a tremendous comfort. He was dedicated, very committed, available day and night and exceeding his normal brief.’

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Relevant experience

  • Advent International across five jurisdictions on the acquisition and subsequent EUR 315m sale to Pamplona of Partner in Pet Food, a leading European manufacturer of private-label pet food.
  • MV Cargo on the USD 100m joint venture with Cargill for the construction of a new grain terminal in Ukraine’s Black Sea port of Yuzhni.
  • Amica Wronki S.A. on the GBP 24.3m acquisition of the CDA Group Limited, a UK-based retailer of high quality kitchen appliances.
  • Innova Capital on the acquisition of Slovenian Trimo Group, a leading provider of complete solutions for building envelopes and steel facade systems.
  • Horizon Capital on the sale of Ciklum, a leading global software engineering and solutions company to George Soros’s Ukrainian Redevelopment Fund LP.
  • Horizon Capital and Zubr Capital on the sale of MTBank, the largest privately owned bank in Belarus.
  • On the acquisition of RBS’s business in Kazakhstan.
  • One of the exiting shareholders on the sale of Spanish cable operator Ono to Vodafone for a reported enterprise value of EUR 7.2bn.
  • A consortium led by Bancroft Private Equity on its sale to East Capital Explorer of a majority stake in Starman (the leading Estonian cable TV and broadband services provider in Estonia) for an Enterprise Value of EUR 107m.
  • Triodos Investment Management and Incofin Investment Management on an acquisition of shares and investment in MDO Arvand LLC, one of the leading microfinance institutions in Tajikistan.
  • The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development on its co-investment and acquisition (alongside Innova Capital) of EnergoBit Group in Romania - a supplier of electrical network equipment and services to the power sector. 
  • Royal Bank of Scotland on the sale of its retail banking business in Kazakhstan to HSBC by way of an auction.
  • A consortium of private equity investors (including Citi Venture Capital International) on the acquisition and subsequent EUR 1.6bn disposal (the largest private equity deal in Central and South Eastern Europe at the time) of the entire issued share capital held in Mobiltel EAD (the Bulgarian mobile-phone provider) to Telekom Austria.
  • Ciments Français on the disposal of shares to, and the cross-border simultaneous acquisition of shares from, Verny Capital (one of the largest private equity investment management groups in Kazakhstan and the Central Asian region) in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.
  • Innova Capital on the acquisition of a major stake in a leading telecommunications company, Voxtel SA, in the Republic of Moldova.
  • Eurasian Bank on the acquisition of Troika Dialog Bank in Russia.
  • On the USD 250m leveraged acquisition by two private equity sponsors, including Citi Venture Capital International, of a Turkish generic pharmaceutical manufacturing company.
  • In relation to the sale of a 30% stake in UTI Group (a leading Romanian technology and defence company) to AIG Global Emerging Markets Fund II (now PineBridge).
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Education

2013 - Masters in Finance, London Business School, London, UK

2001 - Diploma in Legal Practice, Nottingham Law School, Nottingham, UK

2000 - LL.B (Hons), University of London, King’s College, London, UK

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