Expertise

Graham is a corporate Partner with extensive experience of private equity, M&A and corporate restructuring transactions, both in the UK and internationally. He has a particular focus on the financial services sector.

He regularly advises equity investors and management teams in connection with all stages of the PE investment cycle together with portfolio acquisitions and 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 FCA/PRA regulated businesses, M&A transactions for banks, and transactions in the wealth management and insurance sectors. He has undertaken secondments to Lloyds Banking Group and RBS.

In addition, Graham advises banks, sponsors and borrowers in relation to a variety of restructuring and special situations transactions including the equity aspects of debt restructurings, debt-for-equity swaps and debt portfolio 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.

Graham is recommended in the Legal 500 for Mid-market M&A where he has been described as being "insightful, creative and hardworking" and is noted for his client service and dedication.

Recent work highlights
  • A UK clearing bank on the sale of its interest in an international settlement house
  • The principal investor in Starling Bank on multiple funding rounds
  • Synova Capital on its investment in outsourced drug discovery provider, Charnwood Molecular
  • a shareholder on the sale of Parker Fitzgerald
  • the management team of Stats Perform on their equity arrangements with Vista Equity Partners
  • Synova Capital on the sale of Defaqto to SimplyBiz Plc
  • Synova Capital on its investment in domestic appliance and heating services provider, Pacifica Group
  • Evans Cycles on its sale to Sports Direct
  • DBAY Advisors on its takeover of Harvey Nash Group plc
  • Terra Firma/ Wyevale Garden Centres on the sale of its entire garden centre business
  • Rathbone Brothers on its acquisition of Speirs & Jeffrey
  • Synova Capital on its investment in All Clear Insurance
  • LDC on its investment in Right Choice Insurance
  • Amaris Hospitality on the sale of two portfolios of Mercure branded hotels
  • Rathbone Brothers on its approach for Smith & Williamson
  • ECI on its investment in independent SAP specialist, Edenhouse
  • Synova Capital on its investment in specialist insurance brokerage, Stackhouse Poland
  • Synova Capital on its investment in financial product ratings business, Defaqto
  • Cirrus Inns on the acquisition of a number of pubs and several funding rounds
  • The Hotel Collection on the disposal of a number of UK hotel assets
  • Marlow Hotels on the sale of the Crowne Plaza, Marlow
  • Foresight on its investment in Accessory Bits Ltd
  • Rathbone Brothers on the acquisition of Jupiter's UK fund management business and the acquisition of the Taylor Young fund management business
  • Rathbone Brothers on its investment in, and subsequent acquisition of, the Vision IFA business disposal of its pension administration business
  • A UK clearing bank on its structural reform project
  • A leading UK bank on the sale of two large UK commercial real estate loan portfolios
  • A UK clearing bank on the intragroup transfer of its entire mortgage book
  • A UK clearing bank on the intragroup transfer of a £1 billion portfolio of commercial loans
  • Several UK banks on a variety of debt restructuring, debt-for-equity equity disposal transactions and own-account M&A.
Publications
  • "UK Investing: The Private Equity Review, Edition 6"