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Graham Conlon

Managing Partner
CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang Ukraine

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang Pośniak i Sawicki sp.k.
Warsaw Financial Centre
ul. Emilii Plater 53
00-113 Warsaw
Poland
Kyiv (Volodymyrska Street)
6th Floor, 38 Volodymyrska Street
Kyiv
Ukraine
CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
London
EC4N 6AF
United Kingdom
Languages English, Russian

Graham Conlon is an English-qualified solicitor, the Co-Head of International Private Equity, and the Managing Partner of CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang Ukraine. Graham divides his time between London, Warsaw and Kyiv.

Having originally commenced his career at Linklaters, Graham has a regional role and advises on high-profile private equity and M&A transactions throughout Europe and beyond. 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 as a leading lawyer. 

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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.’

Client Feedback from US-based PE fund

“He was always calm during very tough negotiations and kept his position, advising me on all the terms and giving me ways to mitigate the risk.”

Client feedback / Chambers

Relevant experience

  • Cinven across five jurisdictions (involving over 60 CMS lawyers) on the acquisition of Partner in Pet Food
  • HNA Group on the sale of TIP Trailer Services (a leading equipment service provider headquartered in Amsterdam and operating in 17 countries) to I Squared Capital
  • Advent International on various transactions, including the acquisition of PPF and subsequent EUR 315m sale to Pamplona
  • On the joint venture transaction which brings P&O Maritime to Ukraine for the first time
  • On the acquisition of JDR Cables UK, a leading supplier of subsea umbilicals and power cables to the offshore energy industry
  • On the USD 100m joint venture with Cargill for the construction of a new grain terminal in the Black Sea port of Yuzhni
  • On the 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 a stake in Ciklum, a leading global software engineering and solutions company
  • 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
  • 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 on the acquisition and subsequent EUR 1.6bn disposal of the entire issued share capital held in Mobiltel EAD to Telekom Austria
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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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10/09/2018
In­ter­na­tion­al Cap­it­al Mar­kets Group
Con­tacts Book
28/03/2018
Ukraine: New Privat­isa­tion Law Came in­to Force
On 7 March 2018, the long-awaited Law of Ukraine “On Privat­isa­tion of State-Owned and Mu­ni­cip­al Prop­erty” (the “Law”), which changes the con­cep­tu­al ap­proach to privat­isa­tion in Ukraine, came in­to force.
5 February 2018
CMS Camer­on McK­enna Nabarro Olswang Ukraine
2017 Cal­en­dar Year in Re­view
16/06/2017
Ukraine: Es­crow ac­count mech­an­ism be­comes avail­able in Ukraine. Funds...
On 4 June 2017 the Law No. 1983-VIII “On Amend­ments to Cer­tain Le­gis­la­tion of Ukraine Re­gard­ing Im­prove­ment of Cor­por­ate Gov­ernance of Joint Stock Com­pan­ies” ad­op­ted by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on 23 March 2017 (the “Law”) came in­to ef­fect.
7 December 2017
CEE Mer­ger Clear­ance Mat­rix 2017-18
08/06/2017
Ukraine: Squeeze-Out and Sell-Out law be­comes ef­fect­ive
Ukraine made an im­port­ant step to­ward re­form­ing the cor­por­ate sec­tor in Ukraine by ad­opt­ing the long-awaited law No. 1983-VIII dated 23 March 2017 (the “Law”), which is aimed at en­sur­ing fur­ther pro­tec­tion of the rights of ma­jor­ity and minor­ity share­hold­ers.
07/08/2017
Our Cor­por­ate/M&A Prac­tice
An In­tro­duc­tion
31/05/2017
Ukraine to share data on the ul­ti­mate be­ne­fi­cial own­ers
Ac­cord­ing to the Ukrain­i­an Gov­ern­ment’s web-site, the Ukrain­i­an au­thor­it­ies signed a memor­andum of co­oper­a­tion with Trans­par­ency In­ter­na­tion­al and “Open Own­er­ship” Con­sor­ti­um, in or­der to take part in set­ting up a glob­al re­gister (ht­tps://re­gister.
25/01/2017
Emer­ging Europe M&A Re­port 2016/17
28/02/2017
Ukraine: NBU re­laxes rules on over­seas in­vest­ments by Ukrain­i­an cit­izens
On 24 Feb­ru­ary 2017 the Na­tion­al Bank of Ukraine (the "NBU") ap­proved changes to the li­cens­ing re­gime con­cern­ing over­seas in­vest­ments by Ukrain­i­an in­di­vidu­als (oth­er than private en­tre­pren­eurs). From now on, Ukrain­i­an cit­izens will be al­lowed to place and hold.
25/02/2016
CMS ad­vises on land­mark $100m joint ven­ture with Car­gill...
20/01/2017
Ukraine: Squeeze-out and Sell-out law has been ad­op­ted in the first...
As part of the on­go­ing cor­por­ate re­form, the Par­lia­ment of Ukraine has re­cently ad­op­ted (at the first read­ing) draft law No. 2302a-d (the “Draft Law”) deal­ing with vari­ous as­pects of the func­tion­ing of joint stock com­pan­ies in Ukraine.