Sidley expands London office with addition of two private equity partners and a global Finance partner

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Sidley Austin has appointed Dan Graham, Paul Dunbar, and Emilie Stewart as partners in London. Graham and Dunbar have joined the global M&A and Private Equity practice and Stewart has joined the Global Finance group. They join from Vinson & Elkins LLP.

Graham’s practice focuses on advising private equity firms and other financial institutions on transactions, including leveraged buy-outs, venture and growth capital investments, joint-ventures and co-investments, opportunistic and distressed acquisitions, take-privates, and carve-outs across the investment lifespan through to exit. Mr. Graham has experience advising private equity funds across a significant range of asset classes and sectors. He has recently advised on transactions across energy transition, renewables, power, infrastructure, technology, services, industrials, and healthcare. Mr. Graham particularly specializss in advising sophisticated financial sponsors in complex international or cross-border transactions, and he regularly leads deals across a wide range of jurisdictions including the Americas, Africa, Western Europe, Central and Eastern Europe, and the Middle East.
 
Dunbar advises clients on a broad array of transactions, including private equity M&A, real estate private equity, distressed asset transactions, and non-performing loan acquisitions. He also has extensive experience on joint ventures and preferred equity investments. Dunbar works across many sectors, including financial services, real estate, renewable energy and the energy transition, infrastructure, and healthcare.
 
Stewart concentrates on cross-border financing transactions, including financings focused on real estate private equity and NPL transactions. Among the many private equity clients with whom she has worked, she frequently advises special situations sponsor clients on their alternative capital investments, with a particular focus on heavily structured investments across debt and equity products.
 
“These three talented lawyers are highly synergistic with Sidley’s global Private Equity practice, and they will have an immediate impact on our strong and growing Private Equity practice,” says Thomas Thesing, a member of Sidley’s Management and Executive Committees and managing partner of Sidley’s office in London. “Their commitment to client service has been clearly demonstrated by the long-standing relationships they have built with industry-leading private equity firms, many of whom are also Sidley clients.”

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