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Collyer Bristow LLP

Work 020 7242 7363
Geneva, London

Ragavan Arunachalam

Work +44 20 7470 4419
Collyer Bristow LLP

Work Department

Corporate and Commercial, Private Equity


Ragavan is a Senior Associate in our Corporate and Commercial team with over a decade’s experience of Company Law matters. He trained at Farrer & Co, and has been with Collyer Bristow since 2007. 

He acts for private and public companies, banks, individual directors and shareholders, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and insolvency practices.

He advises on a variety of matters including mergers and acquisitions, private equity, insolvency turnaround and shareholders’ agreements and disputes. 

His clients range across a number of sectors including media, fashion, commercial property, fintech, and renewable energy.

Deal Examples

Advising Ibrahim Ibrahim, the former owner of Portland Design Associates Limited, with regards to the sale of the company to Perkins+Will, a global architectural and design firm which employs 1,800 professionals worldwide.


Portland Design was founded in 1987, and has offices in London, Dubai and Istanbul. It is an award-winning design consultancy with a client portfolio including St Pancras International, Diageo, British Land, Nestle, TfL, Heathrow, CNN and TDIC.

Ibrahim Ibrahim (Managing Director) commented: 

“Having worked hard to grow the business of Portland Design Associates over a number of years, I was delighted with the support that Ragavan and the team at Collyer Bristow provided in guiding me through the sale process. Their very meticulous step by step approach helped me understand the key issues, this was very valuable as I had not been through this type of process before.


“It was particularly useful to have advisors who had experience dealing with the expectations and demands of a US buyer, and its legal representatives. It was a testament to the team’s ability to make things run smoothly that we were able to complete this deal within the demanding two week timetable that had been set.”



Farrer & Co, Kimbells LLP (now part of Freeths), Collyer Bristow since 2007.


The Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School, Elstree. University College London (LLB).

London: Corporate and commercial

M&A: smaller deals up to £50m

Within: M&A: smaller deals up to £50m

The team at Collyer Bristow LLP focuses on acting for SME clients, particularly owner-managed businesses, in the sports, media, IP/IT, travel, health, education, retail and property sectors in particular. The team also regularly advises venture capitalist clients: practice head Jeff Roberts acted for private equity purchasing vehicle HM Holdings on its acquisition of HE-MAN Equipment, as well as for purchasing vehicle Allumette on the acquisition of aluminium powder coating business Vertik-Al. Paul Sillis acted for Unusual Industries on the acquisition of Rope Assemblies. Senior associate Ragavan Arunachalam is also noted. Fintech expert Nigel Brahams joined from Fox Williams LLP in November 2017.

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