PRESS RELEASE: The sale of Portland Design Associates Limited

16 Nov 2015

London law firm Collyer Bristow has advised Ibrahim Ibrahim, the former owner of Portland Design Associates Limited, with regards to the sale of the company to Perkins+Will, a global architectural and design firm which employs 1,800 professionals worldwide. The team working on the deal consisted of Ragavan Arunachalam, James Kearns, Gwyneth Williams and Rosanna Freeman.

Portland Design was founded in 1987, and has offices in London, Dubai and Istanbul. It is an award-winning design consultancy with a client portfolio including St Pancras International, Diageo, British Land, Nestle, TfL, Heathrow, CNN and TDIC.

Ibrahim Ibrahim (Managing Director) commented: 

“Having worked hard to grow the business of Portland Design Associates over a number of years, I was delighted with the support that Ragavan and the team at Collyer Bristow provided in guiding me through the sale process. Their very meticulous step by step approach helped me understand the key issues, this was very valuable as I had not been through this type of process before. 

“It was particularly useful to have advisors who had experience dealing with the expectations and demands of a US buyer, and its legal representatives. It was a testament to the team’s ability to make things run smoothly that we were able to complete this deal within the demanding two week timetable that had been set.”

Ragavan Arunachalam stated:

“The team worked hard to achieve a great result quickly and efficiently – having a happy client at the conclusion of a transaction is always gratifying!”



Ragavan Arunachalam, Senior Associate, Collyer Bristow LLP. Telephone: (0)20 7470 4419

James Kearns, Associate, Collyer Bristow LLP. Telephone: (0)20 7468 7358

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