London, 3 September 2018: International law firm Brown Rudnick LLP is pleased to announce the expansion of its International Corporate practice with the appointment of Philip Watkins as a Partner in the London Office. Philip joins Brown Rudnick with Victoria Rodley, Counsel, from Katten Muchin Rosenman UK LLP.

Philip is a senior practitioner in corporate and commercial law, with particular emphasis on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, sophisticated private equity transactions, takeovers, strategic investments, joint ventures, restructurings, re-financings, buyouts and exit strategies.

Over his extensive career, Philip has built a reputation as a trusted M&A counsel to corporations and private equity investors both in the United Kingdom and internationally across a wide range of industries. His experience spans the energy, technology, media and telecommunications, transportation, retail, hospitality, financial services and education sectors. Philip’s long-term clients include leading private equity house Inflexion Capital, the Middle East’s largest integrated media group Rotana Group, and Galileo Global Education, a leading international provider of higher education.

Philip is a regular recipient of The Legal 500 UK’s excellence awards.  

Working alongside Philip, Victoria Rodley brings over 10 years of corporate experience. Victoria represents clients in mergers and acquisitions, strategic investments, joint ventures, group reorganisations and private equity transactions. She has a range of experience advising companies and investors in the United Kingdom and internationally.

Brown Rudnick CEO, Joseph Ryan, said: “A recognized corporate practitioner, Philip brings a wealth of skill and experience to our Corporate & Capital Markets practice. Philip and Victoria's appointments are well timed as we continue to expand our client service across key global markets.”

Mark Dorff, Chair-International Corporate, said: “Philip’s deep and varied private equity experience dovetails seamlessly with Brown Rudnick’s existing blue chip real estate private equity work.”

Philip Watkins said: “Brown Rudnick has a well-earned reputation as one of the leading corporate and capital markets law firms based on the quality of its lawyers and a proven track record for handling complex transactions across multiple markets and jurisdictions. I am delighted to be joining the firm and look forward to playing a key role in the continued success and growth of the corporate team.”

For close to 20 years Philip has developed an active pro bono practice, and has considerable experience advising several high-profile UK charities and non-profit organizations, including The Roundhouse Trust, The Design Museum, and The Creative Industries Federation.  For this work, Philip has been recognized by The American Lawyer.

Before embarking upon his legal career, Philip was a cultural adviser to the Japanese government. He is a founder member of the Practitioners' Advisory Board of the Masters of Corporate Law at the University of Cambridge. Philip holds BA and MA degrees from Oxford and completed his LPC at The College of Law, London.  He is admitted to practice in England and Wales.

About Brown Rudnick LLP  

Brown Rudnick, an international law firm with offices in the United States and Europe, represents clients from around the world in high-stakes litigation, international arbitration and complex business transactions. Clients include public and private corporations, multinational Fortune 100 businesses and start-up enterprises. The Firm also represents investors, as well as official and ad hoc creditors’ committees in today’s largest corporate restructurings, both domestically and abroad. Founded more than 70 years ago, Brown Rudnick has more than 250 lawyers and government relations professionals providing advice and services across key areas of the law. Beyond the United States, the Firm regularly serves clients in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America. With its Brown Rudnick Center for the Public Interest, the Firm has created an innovative model combining its pro bono, charitable giving and community volunteer efforts.


Philip Watkins

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Victoria Rodley

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