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 Ranked as Leading Individual for Private Equity: Transactions – Large-Cap Deal Capability 
  • Super Lawyers (2013-2015)

Philip Sanderson


Phil Sanderson is co-chair of the global private equity transactions group and a partner in the London office. With over 25 years in private equity, Phil is 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 him 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 Reed Mackay, an international travel management company, on its acquisition of Hillgate Travel
  • Acting for Ensono, a portfolio company of Charlesbank Capital, on its acquisition of the hosted data center services business from Wipro Limited, the IT consulting company in India
  • 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
  • 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



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