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Graham Conlon

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Co-Head of International Private Equity, the Head of Corporate/M&A in CMS Cameron McKenna Ukraine


Graham is an English-qualified Solicitor, the Co-Head of International Private Equity, and the Head of Corporate/M&A in CMS Cameron McKenna Ukraine. Graham has a regional role and advises on private equity and M&A transactions throughout Europe, and beyond. Graham is an English-qualified Corporate/M&A partner in CMS Cameron McKenna's Ukraine office and the Global Co-Head of International Private Equity.

Graham has a regional role and advises on private equity and M&A transactions throughout Europe, and beyond. Graham has extensive experience acting for both sell-side and buy-side. Among others, he advised Graham advised MV Cargo on the $100m joint venture with Cargill for the construction of a new grain terminal in Ukraine’s Black Sea port of Yuzhni, as well as Advent International across five jurisdictions on the acquisition and subsequent €315m sale to Pamplona of Partner in Pet Food, a leading European manufacturer of private-label pet food.

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. Graham also won the Young Dealmaker of the Year prize by mergermarket. Graham is ranked by Chambers & Partners, Legal 500 and other legal directories, with Chambers remarking that he is "responsive, friendly and easy to work with."


English, Russian


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


Commercial, corporate and M&A

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Graham Conlon - CMS

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&A

CMS is widely regarded as a leading firm for cross-border M&A deals. Highly regarded duo Graham Conlon and Maria Orlyk and counsel Tetyana Dovgan are key practitioners. Clients include HNA Group and Scatec Solar. For SD Capital, the firm handled a joint venture with P&O Maritime.

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