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Graham Conlon


Unit No. 20 Al Sila Tower
ADGM Square
Al Maryah Island
Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates
Level 15 Burj Daman
Dubai International Financial Centre
Burj Daman
PO Box 506873
United Arab Emirates
Languages English

Graham is a senior corporate partner. Having originally commenced his career at Linklaters, Graham advises on high-profile private equity, joint venture and M&A transactions throughout the Middle East, 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 is a pleasure to work with - he is collaborative, approaches problems with a commercial mindset and is technically very strong."

Chambers and Partners 2024

“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.”

Feedback from US-based PE fund

"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."

The 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

Relevant experience

  • Oman Investment Authority in relation to the sale of a 32.6% stake in the Dubai Mercantile Exchange to Saudi Tadawul Group’s (STG)
  • Saudi Arabian Industrial Investments Company (Dussur) on the acquisition of a minority stake in Italmatch Chemicals
  • On a major container-terminal joint venture transaction with DP World
  • On a joint venture transaction with Dubai’s P&O Maritime
  • On the acquisition of a major stake in GlobalCorp, a leading non-banking financial services company in Egypt
  • On the acquisition of a major stake in  one of Egypt’s largest private energy companies
  • On a USD 100 million joint venture with Cargill for the construction of a grain terminal
  • On the sale of Spearhead, a leading food and agricultural business managing 83,000 hectares of farmland across the UK, Poland, the Czech Republic, the Slovak Republic and Romania, to Accession Capital Partners
  • Horizon Capital and Datagroup on the leveraged acquisition of Volia, a leading cable and broadband service provider
  • Discovery Life Sciences (Discovery), a US-based bio-specimen, genomic sequencing, cell and immunohistochemistry services firm, on its acquisition of a bio-specimen solutions organisation
  • Cinven across five jurisdictions (involving over 60 CMS lawyers) on the acquisition of Partner in Pet Food
  • On the sale of TIP Trailer Services (a leading equipment service provider headquartered in Amsterdam and operating in 17 countries) to I Squared Capital
  • On the acquisition of Todini Costruzioni Generali (an Italian headquartered company with subsidiaries and operations in many jurisdictions) from Salini Impregilo SpA/Webuild SpA
  • Advent International on various transactions, including the acquisition of PPF and subsequent EUR 315 million sale to Pamplona
  • On the acquisition of JDR Cables UK, a leading supplier of subsea umbilicals and power cables to the offshore energy industry
  • On the acquisition of the CDA Group Limited, a UK-based retailer of high quality kitchen appliances
  • On the acquisition of 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
  • 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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