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Dhruv Chhatralia BEM

Legal Director UK

About Me

I am a Legal Director in our international Corporate Group in London and have 10 years' experience advising on mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, corporate finance transactions, joint ventures, and other areas of corporate law. I work on both domestic and cross-border transactions representing corporates, private equity houses, venture capital houses, financial institutions and high net-worth individuals.

I act for clients in a variety of sectors including Technology & Communications, Media, Entertainment and Sport, Financial Services, Energy & Utilities, Life Sciences and Healthcare, Retail and Consumer, Automotive, Aviation and Aerospace, and Defence and Security.

My practice is both domestic and international in nature and the transactions I advise on include a variety of complex and high value transactions across diverse industries.

I am a member of the firm's India and USA Desks and travel to both countries as part of my work.

I was included in the Queen's New Year Honours List 2020 for my voluntary service to charities and developing young people and was presented with the UK national award of the Medal of the Order of the British Empire in October 2020. I was also presented with the Bharat Gaurav lifetime achievement award in India in January 2016 for outstanding service to society and landmark achievements in the fields of law, literature, education and social outreach.

I have written 21 books, which have been shared with leading corporations and politicians across the UK and outside the UK including the Prime Ministers of the UK and India, a former president of the USA and the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, Home Minister, Business Secretary, Environmental Secretary and several other UK ministers of state.

I have given talks in the UK and mainland Europe on topics ranging from 'Managing a Cross-Border Transaction' to 'Doing Business in India' at both the House of Commons and the House of Lords of the UK Parliament and at the offices of multinational and domestic companies. I have authored articles in numerous publications about legal developments in corporate law, and have been involved in the publication of three annual guides highlighting international trends in mergers and acquisitions.

I have been rated as a Rising Star in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and business affairs by the Super Lawyers publication, as well as a Key Lawyer in Venture Capital by the Legal 500 directory in two consecutive years in 2020 and 2021, and have received awards for client feedback of the year (10 out of 10) in two consecutive years at my previous law firm.
Experience
  • Advised a consortium of international investors on the development of and €750 million equity investments in a wind farm in Kenya.
  • Acted for an African sovereign wealth fund on a US$1 billion investment in a Swiss asset management group.
  • Represented a US metals company in their €277 million share acquisition of a global manufacturer and provider of alloy-based critical wear solutions from a private equity firm.
  • Advised a US pharmaceutical company on their £180 million share purchase of a UK manufacturer of oral liquid medicines from a private equity firm.
  • Acted for the seller of a UK-based consumer products group on its US$1.25 billion sale to a multinational retailing company.
  • Represented the shareholders of a UK data company providing automated property valuations on its £120 million acquisition by a multinational property technology company.
  • Advised a US-based private equity fund on multiple acquisitions of UK software companies with an aggregate transaction value of over £90 million.
  • Acted for a nominated advisor and joint broker on a £70 million Initial Public Offering (IPO) of a Ukrainian shopping centre company on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange.
  • Represented a UK venture capital fund on its investments in several infrastructure companies in Africa with an aggregate transaction value of over US$45 million.
  • Advised a private equity fund backed multinational insurance company on multiple acquisitions of UK insurance brokerages with an aggregate transaction value of over US$65 million.
  • Acted for a German transportation company on the €45 million share purchase of a UK train manufacturing company.
  • Represented a German media company on a €63 million purchase of a UK ticketing company.
  • Advised a UK private equity fund on multiple acquisitions of UK industrial companies with an aggregate transaction value of over £75 million.
  • Acted for a UK venture capital fund on multiple investments in European technology and lifesciences companies with an aggregate transaction value of over £60 million.
  • Represented a US electronics manufacturer on a US$53 share acquisition of a UK-based technology company.
Education

Studied

  • King's College London, LLB (Hons), Law
  • BPP Law School, London, LPC

Admissions

  • Solicitor of England and Wales in 2011
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Presented with the Medal of the Order of the British Empire after being included in the Queen's New Years' Honours List for voluntary service to charities and developing young people.

Queen's New Years' Honours List 2020

Rated as a Key Lawyer in Venture Capital.

Legal 500 UK 2020 and 2021

Rated as a Rising Star in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and business affairs.

Super Lawyers UK 2014

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