Philip Sanderson




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  • LSF, Hons, Chester College of Law, 1991
  • BA, Durham University, 1990


  • England and Wales, Solicitor, 1993
  • Chambers UK – Band 2
  • Chambers UK: Private Equity Buyouts: High End Capability (2015-2018)
  • IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms (2016-2018)
  • UK Legal 500 (2015)
  • Super Lawyers (2013-2015)

Philip Sanderson


Phil Sanderson joined Ropes & Gray as a partner in its private equity transactions group in January 2015. With over 20 years in private equity, Phil has become recognised as one of the premier private equity lawyers in the UK. He is consistently ranked in the top tiers of Chambers UK and Legal 500 and was ranked in Super Lawyers 2014. He receives exemplary feedback from clients, who call attention to his levels of service and name his as a “great” and “very commercial” lawyer. Another source elaborates: “He provides good practical advice, he is very thoughtful and very commercial, he thinks about everything, and you are likely to get a faster solution because he is not overly aggressive.”

He has advised private companies, institutional investors and management teams in all areas of private equity, UK and international buy‐outs and strategic M&A.


  • Acting for Silverfleet Capital on the acquisition of Riviera Travel, a leading specialist holiday operator of European escorted tours and cruises
  • Acting for CCMP on its sale of PureGym, a chain of no frills fitness clubs in the United Kingdom
  • Acting for Exponent Private Equity on its sale of Pattonair, a global aerospace and defense supply chain provider to Platinum Equity
  • Acting for Ensono, a portfolio company of Charlesbank Capital Partners, on the:
    • acquisition of Inframon, a specialist cloud service provider
    • acquisition of Attenda
    • acquisition of Six Degrees, a managed data services specialist
  • Acting for Oakley Capital on the acquisition of TechInsights, a technology patent analysis business
  • Acting for Baring Private Equity Asia on its US$1.8 billion sale, alongside the Shanghai-based Bright Food Group, of British breakfast cereal brand Weetabix to U.S.-based cereal company, Post Holdings
  • Acting for 3i Group plc on the acquisition of Audley Travel, a provider of tailor-made experiential holidays
  • Acting for TES Global (a TPG Capital portfolio company) on multiple bolt‐on acquisitions
  • Acting for the Management Sellers on the sale of GL Education, a provider of educational assessments
  • Acting for the ad hoc committee of Senior Unsecured Noteholders of Towergate Insurance in connection with its financial restructuring

Notable transactions in which Phil has been involved prior to joining the firm include:

  • Acting for 3i on the reorganisation of NCP into two separate groups and the £790 million sale of its car parking business to Macquarie and the sale of NSL AAC
  • Acting for Exponent Private Equity on the acquisition of TSL (an education platform from News International) on its sale to Charterhouse in 2010 and the sale to TPG for £235 million in 2013
  • Acting for Exponent Private Equity on the £150 million MBO of Ambassador Theatre Group and Live Nation Venues and then its sale to Providence in 2014
  • Acting for the consortium of international banks (including Morgan Stanley and JP Morgan) who owned Turquoise on the merger with existing London Stock Exchange subsidiary Baikal
  • Acting for Exponent Private Equity on the £145.8 million acquisition of Pattonair
  • Acting for Phoenix Equity Partners in connection with the acquisition and sale of Jimmy Choo
  • Acting for Pure Gym and its selling shareholders on its sale to a new company, backed by affiliates of CCMP Capital Advisors, LLC
  • Acting for Exponent Private Equity on the acquisition of Immediate Media, a newly‐formed company created through the merger of BBC Magazines, Origin Publishing and Magicalia Media Limited
  • Acting for Bridgepoint on multiple transactions
  • Acting for Deutsche Telecom on its acquisition of GTS for €546 million
  • Acting for Silverfleet Capital on the buy‐out of Office, Aesica, Cimbria (in Denmark), Ipes and AGR (in Norway)
  • Acting for 3i/ESG in relation to the sale of ESG´s food business
  • Acting for Phoenix Equity Partners and Sirius Equity on the buy‐out of LK Bennett
  • Acting for Exponent Private Equity on the acquisition of sale of Lowell Holdings Limited, specialist debt purchasing company
  • Acting for Darwin Private Equity on the acquisition of Euroffice
  • Acting for Phoenix Equity Partners and management on the £130 million acquisition and sale of Radley



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