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Philip Watkins is a partner in the Firm’s Corporate Practice Group.
He is a senior practitioner in corporate and commercial law, with particular emphasis on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, sophisticated private equity transactions, takeovers, strategic investments, joint ventures, restructurings, re-financings, buyouts and exit strategies.
Over his extensive career, Philip has built a reputation as a trusted M&A counsel to corporations and private equity investors both in the United Kingdom and internationally across a wide range of industries. His expertise spans the energy, technology, media and telecommunications, transportation, retail, hospitality and leisure, financial services and education sectors. Philip’s long-term clients include leading private equity house, Inflexion, the Middle East’s largest integrated media group, Rotana Group, and the international higher education provider, Galileo Global Education.
For close to 20 years Philip has developed an active pro bono practice, and has considerable experience advising high-profile U.K. charities and non-profit organisations, including The Roundhouse Trust, The Design Museum, The Saturday Club Trust and The Creative Industries Federation.
Before embarking upon his legal career, Philip was a cultural adviser to the Japanese government. He is a founder member of the Practitioners' Advisory Board of the Masters of Corporate Law at the University of Cambridge. Philip holds BA and MA degrees from the University of Oxford and completed his LPC at The College of Law, London. He is admitted to practise in England and Wales.
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