Philip Vavalidis

Local Partner, Dubai



Philip is a local partner in our EMEA Corporate M&A team in our Global Mergers & Acquisitions Practice and is a member of our EMEA Private Equity team based in Dubai.

Philip works between the Dubai and London offices and advises clients including private equity firms, sovereign wealth funds, corporates, other financial sponsors and alternative capital providers on a range of transactions including acquisitions, joint ventures, equity investments and co-investments, disposals and other corporate matters.

Philip has previously been seconded to the legal department of the European Special Situations Group and Merchant Banking Division of Goldman Sachs International.

Bars and Courts
England and Wales
BPP Law School
McGill University


Representation of GFH Financial in its acquisition of Roebuck AM LLP, a UK-based real estate asset management company with £1.44 billion AUM since inception.

Representation of Alameda Group Investment LLC on its sale of Alameda Healthcare Group to Cleopatra Hospital Group, Egypt's largest private hospital operator, in exchange for convertible loan notes issued to Alameda's controlling shareholder, Dr Fahad Khater.

Representation of Kentech Corporate Holdings Limited, an investee company of leading energy investment firm Blue Water Energy, on its agreement to acquire the oil & gas business of SNC-Lavalin Group Inc.'s Resources Division. SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. is a Canadian publicly listed entity (SCN:CN).

Representation of Mubadala, the Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund, alongside Kohlberg & Company in the acquisition of PCI Pharma Services ("PCI") from Partners Group and Frazier Healthcare Partners. PCI is a global provider of outsourced pharmaceutical supply chain services, headquartered in Philadelphia, with 3,900 employees servicing over 100 countries.

Representation of Abu Dhabi Catalyst Partners on its c. US$50 million Series F investment into Lookout Inc., a fast-growing Silicon Valley-based cyber security company with a pre-money valuation of c. US$1.5 billion.

Representation of GSO Capital Partners on a number of matters, including:

  • its investment into Laird in connection with Advent International's take private acquisition of Laird
  • the sale of Alcontrol Group Limited and the structuring and upstreaming of proceeds
  • its acquisition of a minority interest in iAero Group Holdco LLC and the subsequent acquisitions by iAero. Group of Miami Tech Aircraft Maintenance, Inc., the AeroThrust group of companies, and New Swift Air Holdings, L.L.C.

Representation of Goldman Sachs and Blackstone Tactical Opportunities on their investment in Prima Assicurazioni

Representation of Goldman Sachs on the €108.5 million acquisition by Goldman Sachs and Cromwell Property Group of a portfolio of 24 office properties and three plots in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area from IVG Polar Oy.Oak Hill Advisors in relation to a transaction, which involved setting up its complex JV arrangements with Invel Real Estate Management Limited, in order, acquire certain real estate assets in Italy

Representation of Johnson Matthey on the sale of its UK automotive battery systems business, a subsidiary that specializes in high-voltage automotive grade battery systems for electric and hybrid vehicles, to Cummins Inc.

Representation of Arle Capital on its acquisition of the Innovia Group for an enterprise value of €498 million

Representation of Mid Europa Partners on its acquisition of the Regina Maria healthcare group