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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
Poland
CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang
6th Floor, 38 Volodymyrska Street
01054 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 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

  • On a major container-terminal joint venture transaction with DP World
  • Innova Capital on the acquisition of Optical Network Romania/OPTIblu, the provider of eyecare products and services, operating through 50 stores
  • Discovery Life Sciences (Discovery), a US-based bio-specimen, genomic sequencing, cell and immunohistochemistry services firm, on its acquisition of East West Biopharma, a bio-specimen solutions organisation
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • 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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23 February 2021
Ukraine re­sumes large-scale privat­isa­tion
Large-scale privat­isa­tion in Ukraine took a hit as a res­ult of the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic and was tem­por­ar­ily sus­pen­ded in March 2020 as a quar­ant­ine meas­ure.  On 4 Feb­ru­ary 2021, the draft law No. 4543...
30 December 2020
Ukraine in­tro­duces state sup­port for large in­vest­ment pro­jects
On 17 Decem­ber 2020, the Ukrain­i­an Par­lia­ment ad­op­ted the draft law No. 3760 On State Sup­port for In­vest­ment Pro­jects with Large In­vest­ments in Ukraine (the “Law”).  The Law was sub­mit­ted to the...
19 November 2020
CMS ad­vises Dis­cov­ery Life Sci­ences on ac­quis­i­tion of East West Bio­pharma
CMS Camer­on McK­enna Nabarro Olswang in Ky­iv has ad­vised Dis­cov­ery Life Sci­ences (Dis­cov­ery), a US-based bio-spe­ci­men, ge­n­om­ic se­quen­cing, cell and im­mun­o­his­to­chem­istry ser­vices firm, on its ac­quis­i­tion...
12 October 2020
CMS strengthens glob­al life sci­ences of­fer­ing with four-strong law­yer hire...
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS is pleased to an­nounce that Borys Danevych will be join­ing the firm as a part­ner and Head of Life Sci­ences at CMS Camer­on McK­enna Nabarro Olswang in Ky­iv from 1 Novem­ber 2020...
06 October 2020
Privat­isa­tion: Un­tapped In­vest­ment Op­por­tun­it­ies in Ukraine and CEE Ex­per­i­ence
The State Prop­erty Fund of Ukraine em­barked on an am­bi­tious plan to sell hun­dreds of prop­er­ties and com­pan­ies through­out Ukraine. The new team of the State Prop­erty Fund of Ukraine has com­pletely over­hauled...
28 July 2020
Ukraine to in­tro­duce en­hanced state sup­port for large in­vest­ment pro­jects
On 21 Ju­ly 2020, the Ukrain­i­an Par­lia­ment passed in the first read­ing the draft law No. 3760 On State Sup­port for In­vest­ment Pro­jects with Large In­vest­ments (the “Draft Law”), which was sub­mit­ted...
15/07/2020
CMS an­nounces glob­al rev­en­ues of EUR 1.426bn
Sig­ni­fic­ant in­vest­ments in­clude Lupl, an open in­dustry plat­form, which has the po­ten­tial to trans­form the col­lab­or­a­tion between law firms and leg­al de­part­ments, and ex­pand­ing the firm­'s foot­print in Afri­caRanked...
12 June 2020
CMS as­sists TIS Group in suc­cess­ful clos­ing of land­mark trans­ac­tion mark­ing...
CMS Ky­iv is pleased to an­nounce that it has as­sisted TIS Group in the suc­cess­ful clos­ing of a joint ven­ture trans­ac­tion whereby DP World, one of the worlds’ largest port op­er­at­ors, entered Ukraine dir­ectly...
21 May 2020
CEE Mer­ger Clear­ance Mat­rix 2020
Cross bor­der M&A trans­ac­tions that re­quire mer­ger con­trol ap­provals in sev­er­al jur­is­dic­tions have be­come com­mon­place. To re­duce time delays and keep costs down, it is es­sen­tial to identi­fy at the early...
18 March 2020
Emer­ging Europe re­mains a mag­net for in­ter­na­tion­al deal­makers, CMS re­port...
Deal volumes across emer­ging Europe fell by 6.5% in 2019For­eign in­vest­ment surged, with cross-bor­der M&A in­creas­ing by 14.6% (1,163 deals)Private equity in­vest­ments reached a re­cord high with 318 deals...
13 February 2020
CMS ad­vises TIS Group on DP World’s entry in­to Ukraine
CMS Camer­on McK­enna Nabarro Olswang in Ky­iv is pleased to an­nounce that it has ad­vised TIS Group on the Eng­lish and Ukrain­i­an law as­pects of a joint ven­ture trans­ac­tion whereby DP World, one of the worlds’...
12 February 2020
CMS ad­vises EBRD on the ac­quis­i­tion of a stake in Uzbek­istan’s lead­ing...
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS has ad­vised the European Bank for Re­con­struc­tion and De­vel­op­ment (EBRD) on the ac­quis­i­tion of a stake in Uzbek­istan’s lead­ing food re­tail­er Korzinka. As a res­ult of ERBD’s...