Leading UK Private Equity Lawyer Leaving Travers Smith to Join Ropes & Gray
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Summary: Phil Sanderson, the former head of Travers Smith’s London private equity team is joining Ropes & Gray as a partner in its London office.

Ropes & Gray LLP announced last week that Phil Sanderson, the former head of Travers Smith’s London private equity team, is joining the firm as a partner in its London office.


In joining Ropes & Gray’s London, United Kingdom private equity team, he will play a key role in further developing the firm’s European private equity offering, the law firm said in its news release. Sanderson’s arrival brings the number of the London private equity team of Ropes & Gray to 20 and enhances the law firm’s global private equity practice.

Sanderson has established himself as one of the top private equity lawyers in the UK market over his 20-year career, and he has consistently ranked in the top tiers of Chambers UK and The Legal 500. 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 buy-outs, and strategic M&A transactions.

Alfred Rose, head of the firm’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.”

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Maurice Allen, London senior partner, said, “We look forward to Phil joining us. He will complement the strong team that we have built here in London over the past four years.”

Allen added further, “The London UK office is going from strength to strength and we have no doubt that Phil will only increase the attractiveness of our offering to the firm’s extensive roster of private equity clients. Our sophisticated clients’ business needs have rapidly evolved. Phil’s arrival will give us more capacity to not only serve our client base but also build on existing opportunities presented to us.”

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