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Leading Private Equity Partner Joins Ropes & Gray in London


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Ropes & Gray LLP is please to announce that Phil Sanderson, former head of Travers Smith’s London private equity team, has joined the firm as a partner in its London office.

Sanderson has established himself as one of the top private equity lawyers in the UK market over his 20-year career, and has consistently ranked in the top tiers of Chambers UK and The Legal 500. Particularly known as a market leader in mid-market private equity transactions, Sanderson advises private companies, institutional investors and management teams in all areas of private equity, UK and international buyouts, and strategic M&A transactions. As a member of Ropes & Gray’s London private equity team, he will play a key role in further developing the firm’s European private equity offering.

Alfred Rose, head of Ropes & Gray’s private equity transactions practice, said:

“Phil Sanderson will be a true asset to the firm’s private equity practice, both in London and globally. His broad skill set and market reputation enhance our service offering to our sophisticated corporate, hedge fund and private equity clients.”

Sanderson’s arrival brings the number of the London private equity team to 20 and enhances Ropes & Gray’s global private equity practice, recognized as a world leader for both transactions and fund formation by Dow Jones Private Equity Analyst, Private Equity International, Chambers and The Legal 500. Ropes & Gray’s London-based lawyers work in close collaboration with the firm’s global team of 175 private equity lawyers, who advise leading large and mid-market clients in multiple industries on every aspect of their largest and most complex global transactions.

The London team has advised a number of funds and corporates on private equity transactions, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital investments and co-investments, and is regularly instructed on the corporate aspects of special situations transactions, advising a number of sophisticated clients looking to deploy capital opportunistically in the current market.

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