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Paul Dolman

Saturday, 24 March 2018

Paul Dolman

Head of Private Equity
+44 (0)20 7295 3274
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Paul trained at Travers Smith, became a partner in 2006 and Head of Private Equity in 2014.  Paul specialises in UK and international buy-out work and acts for institutional investors and management teams on investments and divestments, as well as private equity-backed companies on M&A and other corporate matters.

Paul is recommended by Chambers UK and Legal 500 as a leading individual in private equity and is listed in The Lawyer magazine’s “Hot 100” 2008.

Paul is also ranked number 1 by volume of Private Equity deals advised on between January 2016 and January 2018 (source: Mergermarket).

Selected deals on which he has worked include the following:


  • TA Associates on the £600m acquisition of the single strategy asset management business of Old Mutual Wealth
  • Hellman & Friedman and its investee company Web Reservations on the acquisition of
  • Bridgepoint on the MBO of SPP Process Technology Systems from Sumitumo Precision Products
  • Bridgepoint on the MBO of the Administration and Fiduciary Services business of Appleby
  • Bridgepoint and its investee company Element on the £620m recommended cash offer for Exova Group plc
  • Bridgepoint and its investee company Wiggle on the acquisition of Chain Reaction Cycles and its subsequent acquisition of Bike24
  • TA Associates on its investment in, and subsequent partial exit from, Ion Trading and on its investments in Flashtalking, CMOSIS, Eurowag and Biocomposites
  • Leeds Equity Partners on its minority investment in INTO University Partnerships Limited
  • Graphite Capital on its MBO of Random42
  • Equistone on the MBO of Hydrasun Limited and the acquisition of a 38% stake in MRH (GB) Limited
  • Lyceum Capital on the MBO´s of EAT, Compact Media, Carewatch Services, McKinnon & Clarke, the UK Drainage Network, Isotrak and the FM Division of Johnson Service Group PLC


  • Bridgepoint on the £835m sale of Oasis Dental to BUPA, the sale of Molton Brown and the $365m sale of SPP Process Technology to Orbotech 
  • Hellman & Friedman on the sale of SSP to LDC
  • TA Associates and management on a partial sale of Cath Kidston to Barings Asia Private Equity
  • Lyceum Capital on the sale of Synexus to LDC, the sale of Clearswift to RUAG and the sale of Access Technology to TA Associates
  • The shareholders of Nair & Co on its disposal to Hg Capital
  • ISIS Equity Partners and management on the sale of TravelJigsaw to
  • Barclays Private Equity and management on the £325m sale of the Deb Group to Charterhouse
  • Equistone and management on the sale of Hydrasun to Investcorp
  • Bridgepoint Development Capital on the sales of Phlexglobal to Vitruvian and Beck & Pollitzer to Graphite
  • Livingbridge on the sale of ENRA to Exponent

Management teams

  • The sale of the BSC division of Unilever to KKR
  • The sale of the University of Law to Global University Systems
  • The sale of David Lloyd Leisure to TDR Capital
  • The €240m sale of Eden Springs by the Rhone Group
  • The £390m sale of Civica by OMERS
  • The £120m sale of NSL Services to AAC Capital Partners
  • The £1.02bn sale of The Tussauds Group to Merlin Entertainments
  • The €1.73bn sale of the frozen foods division of Unilever by Permira
  • The £275m acquisition of Guardian Financial Services from AEGON
  • The £177m sale of Frank Recruitment to TPG

Paul Dolman receives emphatic praise for his skills in buyout work, with sources noting his experience acting on a range of high-profile mandates both domestically and internationally.” Chambers and Partners 2018.