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Graham Conlon

Managing Partner
CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang Ukraine, Head of Private Equity– CEE/CIS

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang Pośniak i Bejm sp.k.
Warsaw Financial Centre
ul. Emilii Plater 53
00-113 Warsaw
Kyiv (Volodymyrska Street)
6th Floor, 38 Volodymyrska Street
01054 Kyiv
CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
United Kingdom
Languages English, Russian

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

Having originally commenced his career at Linklaters, Graham has a regional role and advises on high-profile private equity, joint venture 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 Conlon is no doubt a heavyweight in corporate and M&A. With his calmness and strong argumentation, he is particularly good in any kind of negotiation"

Legal 500

“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

"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

Relevant experience

  • TIS Group (the owners of the largest private port in Ukraine) on a major joint venture transaction which brings DP World, one of the worlds’ largest port operators, directly to Ukraine for the first time
  • Innova Capital on the acquisition of Optical Network Romania/OPTIblu, the provider of eyecare products and services, operating through 50 stores
  • 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 315 million 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 100 million 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 7.2 billion
  • 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 107 million
  • 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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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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