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Ragavan Arunachalam

  • Senior Associate


Corporate and commercial

Ragavan has been recommended in Legal 500 2019 for M&A: Smaller deals, up to £50m.


Ragavan is a Senior Associate in our Corporate and Commercial team with over a decade’s experience of Company Law matters. He trained at Farrer & Co, and has been with Collyer Bristow since 2007. 

He acts for private and public companies, banks, individual directors and shareholders, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and insolvency practices.

He advises on a variety of matters including mergers and acquisitions, private equity, insolvency turnaround and shareholders’ agreements and disputes. 

His clients range across a number of sectors including media, fashion, commercial property, finance, and renewable energy.

Ragavan advises clients who are looking to buy or sell a company or business, raise the finance for such acquisition, or protect their investment into a company or business. He also advises on general Corporate Governance and Commercial Law matters.

Deal Examples

Collyer Bristow’s Corporate team has been ranked in Legal 500 2016 in the mergers and acquisitions category. The deals referenced below contributed towards this accolade.


Advising 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.


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.”

Advising the Management Team of leading content marketing operator John Brown Media on the sale of the business to Dentsu Aegis Network. 

The acquisition by Dentsu, the world’s fourth largest advertising agency, was completed for an undisclosed amount. 

Commenting on the deal Andrew Hirsch, Chief Executive of John Brown Media said “Ragavan and the team at Collyer Bristow were highly professional, and worked tirelessly to complete this complex transaction”. 

Advising Jon Moulton (one of the UK's best known private equity investors) in connection with a personal investment into Manolete Partners PLC. From instruction to completion the deal took two weeks, and the Managing Director of Manolete praised the team for its "herculean" efforts in getting the deal done so efficiently. Jon Moulton commented "Back to work"!”

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