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Dan Graham Partner, Private Equity

Dan has significant experience advising private equity funds, special situations funds, state owned investment funds, infrastructure funds and alternative credit and capital providers in relation to public and private mergers and acquisitions, distressed transactions, joint ventures, buyouts, venture capital transactions and general corporate law matters. Dan’s practice has a particular focus on complex cross-border and private equity transactions in emerging markets. Dan has worked extensively on matters throughout CEE, CIS, Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Dan has previously spent time on secondment to a large global private equity fund and spent two years living in Silicon Valley assisting a range of start-up businesses, private investors and venture capital and private equity funds.

Experience Highlights

  • A special situations fund on the acquisition of various portfolios of non-performing loans in Central and Eastern Europe
  • An international private equity fund on the acquisition of one of the world’s largest vending machine manufacturers and operator of plants in Italy, Denmark and China, from Equistone Partners Europe and Investcorp Bank
  • A special situations fund on its acquisition of a United Kingdom based healthcare services group
  • A Chinese sovereign wealth fund in connection with its 2017 increase in and restructuring of an equity interest it acquired in 2011 in the international E&P division of a global energy company, with upstream assets in North West Europe, North Africa and South East Asia
  • A large Saudi Arabian based infrastructure fund on its joint venture arrangements with the Silk Road Fund
  • An international private equity fund as a part of a consortium in connection with the successful offer and subsequent take private of LSE listed APR Energy plc (APR), a power solutions provider with principal operations in North Africa, Middle East and Latin America
  • An international private equity fund in relation to its proposed acquisition in a company with upstream exploration assets in Azerbaijan, as well as the post-completion restructuring of shareholders’ arrangements with its co-venturers in the block
  • The private equity and venture capital arm of a large Saudi Arabian state owed enterprise on various investments in Europe, Middle East and Africa
  • An African telecoms group, the portfolio company of an African focused PE fund, on its debut high yield bond issue and on the initial public offering of a group company
  • A large global private equity fund on matters arising from its acquisition of Shell’s E&P assets in Gabon
  • A large global private equity fund on its proposed acquisition of the Argentinean E&P division of an international energy company
  • A large global private equity fund on matters arising from its sale of a Turkish hospitals group
  • A large global private equity fund in relation to its joint-venture with a Norwegian independent oil and gas company
  • A private equity firm, a multi-national bank, a global private markets management group and consortia alongside another private equity firm in relation to the acquisition of a medical company from a private equity firm
  • A private equity fund and minority investors in relation to various corporate matters including the acquisition of certain shipping assets and businesses in Brazil
  • A private capital group and two global asset management firms in connection with their co-investment with a private equity firm and management for the acquisition of a funeral company from a private equity specialist 
  • A private equity fund in connection with their capital investment in a knowledge advisory company based in the UK with operations in the U.S. and India
  • Various mezzanine lenders to an international oil and gas services company, including funds managed by two asset management firms and an investment advisory firm, in connection with an oil and gas company’s financial restructuring
  • Secondment with a leading private equity firm, working out of both London and Prague in relation to the company’s acquisition of a multinational beverage and brewing company’s Central European operations
  • A Hong Kong listed Holding Group in relation to its acquisition of a Swedish automobile manufacturer and related assets from an American multinational automaker


Contact Details

London

T +44.20.7065.6030
F +44.20.7065.6001
dgraham@velaw.com
20 Fenchurch Street
24th Floor
London EC3M 3BY
United Kingdom
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Dan's Practices

  • University of Otago, Bachelor of Laws, 2006
  • University of Otago, Bachelor of Economics, 2006
  • University of Auckland, Master of Law (LL.M) (Honors), 2007
  • Admitted as Barrister and Solicitor, High Court of New Zealand, 2007
  • Admitted to Practice: Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales
Prior to joining Vinson & Elkins, Daniel was a member of the private equity team at a London magic circle law firm.  In 2010, Daniel spent six months on secondment to a large London based global private equity fund.  Most recently, Daniel worked closely with various start-ups and venture capital funds in Silicon Valley.

Solicitors and Registered Foreign Lawyers. A list of partner names is available for inspection at 20 Fenchurch Street, 24th Floor, London, EC3M 3BY. Vinson & Elkins RLLP is a limited liability partnership formed under the laws of New York authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (No. 0079019).