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Graham Conlon

Partner

CMS (UAE) LLP
Level 15 Burj Daman
Dubai International Financial Centre
PO Box 506873
Dubai
United Arab Emirates
CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang Pośniak i Bejm sp.k.
Warsaw Financial Centre
ul. Emilii Plater 53
00-113 Warsaw
Poland
CMS (UAE) LLP
Level 15 Burj Daman
Dubai International Financial Centre
PO Box 506873
Dubai
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 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
  • 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
  • On the acquisition of Optical Network OPTIblu, a major 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 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 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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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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07/07/2022
The new KSA com­pan­ies law
The King­dom of Saudi Ar­a­bia (“KSA”) re­mains one of the biggest and most ex­cit­ing eco­nom­ies in the Middle East at­tract­ing for­eign in­vest­ment from all over the World. The leg­al frame­work in KSA presents...
01/06/2022
New UAE Com­pan­ies Law – ten things to know
To cel­eb­rate the United Ar­ab Emir­ates’ 50th an­niversary, the coun­try has im­ple­men­ted a wide-ran­ging pack­age of le­gis­lat­ive re­form. A cent­ral theme to this re­form has been strength­en­ing and pro­mot­ing...
13/04/2022
CMS pro­motes Olga Shenk to part­ner in Ukraine
CMS Camer­on McK­enna Nabarro Olswang Ukraine is pleased to an­nounce the pro­mo­tion of Olga Shenk as a part­ner in the firm’s Dis­pute Res­ol­u­tion and Com­pli­ance team in Ukraine. In her new role, Olga will...
21/03/2022
Busi­ness dur­ing the Mar­tial law in Ukraine
In an ef­fort to help busi­nesses nav­ig­ate these ex­treme and chal­len­ging times, CMS has pre­pared an over­view of the key is­sues the busi­ness sec­tor is cur­rently fa­cing. This over­view cov­ers the leg­al im­plic­a­tions...
10/01/2022
CMS strengthens Real Es­tate prac­tice in Ky­iv with new hire
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS Camer­on McK­enna Nabarro Olswang in Ukraine is de­lighted to an­nounce the ap­point­ment of Mykhaylo Sor­oka to the firm’s Real Es­tate prac­tice in Ky­iv. Mykhaylo joins the firm...
29/12/2021
CMS ad­vises on a break­through in­dus­tri­al joint ven­ture pro­ject in Ukraine
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS has ad­vised Air Products on the es­tab­lish­ment of a joint ven­ture (JV) with Ar­celorMit­tal for the con­struc­tion of a new mod­ern air sep­ar­a­tion unit at the Ar­celorMit­tal Kryvyi...
06/12/2021
In­vest­ing and Do­ing Busi­ness in Ukraine 2021 Guide
A guide cov­er­ing over 25 sec­tors and in­dus­tries
15/10/2021
CMS ad­vises Cin­ven & Part­ner in Pet Food on its latest ac­quis­i­tion in Po­land
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS has ad­vised Part­ner in Pet Food (PPF), a com­pany con­trolled by Cin­ven, on the ac­quis­i­tion of Grzegorz Werbliński’s pet food busi­ness in Po­land. The ac­quis­i­tion of G-Mart...
15/09/2021
CMS strengthens Cor­por­ate M&A of­fer­ing with key ap­point­ment in Ukraine
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS Camer­on McK­enna Nabarro Olswang in Ukraine is pleased to an­nounce the ap­point­ment of Le­onid Pet­rov as a coun­sel in its Cor­por­ate M&A team in Ky­iv. Le­onid joins the firm from...
09/09/2021
CEE Mer­ger Clear­ance Mat­rix 2021
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...
20/08/2021
Ukraine ad­opts com­pre­hens­ive reg­u­lat­ory frame­work for state sup­port of...
From Feb­ru­ary 2021, when Law No. 1116-IX On State Sup­port for In­vest­ment Pro­jects with Large In­vest­ments in Ukraine came in­to force, the Ukrain­i­an gov­ern­ment has ad­op­ted all the ne­ces­sary reg­u­lat­ory acts...
07/06/2021
CMS ad­vises Ho­ri­zon Cap­it­al and Da­tagroup on lever­aged ac­quis­i­tion of Volia
CMS Camer­on McK­enna Nabarro Olswang in Ky­iv has ad­vised Ho­ri­zon Cap­it­al and Da­tagroup, Ukraine’s lead­ing fibre in­fra­struc­ture and di­git­al ser­vices pro­vider, on its ac­quis­i­tion of the Volia group of...