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Addleshaw Goddard

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Graham is a corporate partner focusing on private equity, M&A and restructuring transactions, both in the UK and internationally. He has a particular focus on the UK financial services sector. He regularly advises both investors and management teams in connection with all stages of the investment cycle together with portfolio management issues. Within the financial services sector, Graham has managed a variety of large and complex transactions, but with a particular focus on private equity investment in financial services sector businesses, bank deleveraging activities (including advising sellers and buyers on the transfer of substantial commercial and retail loan portfolios) and transactions in the wealth management sector. Graham has also undertaken a variety of transactions involving UK hotel assets involving both outsourced management and owner-operated structures and regularly advises a growing pub chain on its estate. In addition, Graham advises banks, sponsors and borrowers in relation to the equity aspects of debt restructuring and debt-for-equity transactions, as well as having a broad experience of corporate transactions generally, including joint ventures, general company and shareholder matters and transactions involving UK and international private and public companies, banks, investors, management teams and intermediaries. Recent work highlights include advising Synova Capital on a variety of investments, advising Rathbone Brothers on the acquisition of Jupiter’s UK fund management business, its investment in the Vision IFA business and its failed merger with Smith & Williamson, advising Lone Star on the disposal of a number of hotels and advising several UK banks on the sale of significant loan portfolios.


Trainee/assistant Pinsent Curtis 1998-2003; qualified 2000; associate/senior associate DLA Piper 2003-2012; managing associate/partner Addleshaw Goddard March 2012 to present. Current directorships: ACG steering committee.


Association of Corporate Growth (ACG).


Morecambe High School; University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (1997 Law); College of Law, Chester (1998 LPC).


Preston North End, cricket, wine, skiing and travel.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Corporate and commercial > Private equity: transactions - mid-market deals (up to £250m)

Praised as an ‘absolutely brilliant team working at the very top end of their game’, Addleshaw Goddard has a proven track record in mid-market private equity and continues to act for a range of buyout houses on both acquisitions and exits. In addition to its sponsor-side work, the practice also acts on the management side of deals including representing public companies. Yunus Seedat now serves as divisional head of corporate and commercial, with Mike Hinchliffe leading the private equity team. Graham Cross is another name to note in this space, with particular expertise handling deals involving financial services companies. Gemma Phillips was promoted to partner in May 2021. The London-based team works closely with its other offices around the UK, with Paul Medlicott in Manchester a particularly active partner in this area. The wider firm also continues to expand its presence in Europe, opening a Paris office in 2021 and a Dublin office in April 2022.