Oliver Phillips is a corporate lawyer with experience working across the EMEA region. He has a deep understanding of corporate transactions and regularly advises multinationals, private equity funds, development finance institutions and management teams on their strategic M&A (buy-side and sell-side), joint ventures and group re-organisations. Prior to joining Bracewell, Oliver worked as a strategic M&A advisor and advised on the disposal of a number of portfolio companies for private equity and venture capital funds.
In addition, Oliver's experience and strong understanding of emerging markets enables him to assist clients to navigate the institutional voids and operational difficulties that can exist in-country. As such, his practice has a strong international focus and includes advising businesses across the GCC, Middle East, Africa and Asia. Oliver co-leads the Bracewell (Dubai) initiatives in both India and Israel.
Oliver has a keen interest in the utilisation of technology and entrepreneurship; he advises both start-ups and impact investors in these pursuits (including charitable organisation on a pro bono basis).
Oliver is acknowledged as a thought leader and regularly leverages his commercial understanding of business in his published writings on topics including M&A, corporate law and international trade opportunities.
Recent Notable Matters
Energy and Infrastructure
Fotowatio Renewable Ventures — development of a 34 MW/ 68 MWh utility scale battery storage project, to be constructed and operated by Tesla in the United Kingdom
Saudi Arabian industrial conglomerate — shareholder dispute regarding a power plant energy producer operating in Malaysia
Saudi Arabian industrial conglomerate — acquisition of an interest in a power generation and water desalination plant in Saudi Arabia with an asset valuation of approximately $1.8 billion
Saudi Arabian private equity fund — equity incentive plans for a management team for a portfolio company in advance of an IPO
Private equity fund — acquisition of a petrochemical trading business in the UAE from a distressed seller
Middle Eastern based family office — investment as a limited partner into a MENA infrastructure fund established in the Netherlands (equity) and Luxembourg (debt)
Leading regional asset manager — joint development agreement with a European construction company in regards to an integrated incinerator plant for a waste treatment facility in the UAE
Family office — an investment as a limited partner into a Middle East infrastructure fund established in the Cayman
Multinational solar power developer — strategic investment options for 5 gigawatt pipeline including a sale by way of competitive auction for approximately ~£250 million*
Wind developer — three-part sale process designed to sell off the active European divisions (sale units based across five countries) by way of a competitive auction process*
Wind developer — purchase of a 23 MW wind farm in the south-west of Ireland*
Gas producer — negotiation of a proposed joint venture between one of Africa's largest CNG producer and distributor and a power development company (private equity-backed) for the development and operation of CNG and LNG plants in Nigeria*
Industrials company — proposed joint venture between a listed European industrials company and a Chinese industrial manufacturer to build and operate a cement clinker production line in Uganda*
Multinational pharmaceutical company — equity investment from a multilateral development investment bank in a pharmaceutical business based in Jordan which operated across the Middle East and North Africa*
Multinational biotechnology company — an accelerated book build via secondary placing of new ordinary shares on the London Stock Exchange representing 19 percent of the company and raising gross proceeds of $100 million*
UAE technology app — dispute with investors regarding investment by way of convertible instrument in a voucher-based value delivery platform in the food and beverage sector
Japanese conglomerate — EU cross-border merger (Austria to UK) under "The Companies (Cross-Border Mergers) Regulations 2007" and group reorganisation as part of the same*
Media technology business — primary buyout by private equity fund by way of a high interest auction process*
US private equity — buy-side legal due diligence for a $1 billion acquisition of a multinational retail conglomerate*
E-commerce company — early stage venture capital investment and bridge financing for an online retailer
Insaan Group — advising on multiple investments (equity and debt), exit strategies and shareholder activist actions in relation to their efforts to support entrepreneurial ventures to create large scale sustainable employment
Sovereign infrastructure development — proposed disposal of the fund's stakes in banks in Kenya and Uganda to a large commercial bank in Morocco*
Global aerospace company — corporate joint venture to provide aviation engineering, manufacturing and sustainment services in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
* Work completed prior to Bracewell