Phil Riman

Special Advisor

Phil Riman is the principal founding Partner of White & Black. He qualified as a Solicitor in 1996 and has specialised in technology, venture capital and corporate law ever since. He is also especially well known for his work with pharmaceutical companies, particularly in relation to financing arrangements, clinical trials and IP licencing.

Phil is ranked as one of the top 25 Venture Capital Lawyers in the UK and as ‘Band 1’ for Corporate/M&A law (Thames Valley). He is a ‘Top Ranked Individual’ in Chambers and has won many awards, including  ‘Venture Capital Lawyer of the Year’. He is also a ‘Recommended Lawyer’ in the Legal 500.

His clients include Highland Capital, Trizell Group, Nikon, SEP and Phil is a regular visitor to Japan, where many of his clients are based. He has particular knowledge and expertise regarding the concerns and priorities of Japanese clients.

Previously Phil worked at 3i, the global private equity group, supporting both its UK and US businesses and before that for Edge Ellison (now Squire Patton Boggs). At 3i, he advised on hundreds of deals including the merger of Kingston SCL with Telesens AG, the flotation of Weston Medical and the sale of Bradford Particle Design plc to Inhale Therapeutic Systems Inc.

Phil’s work at White & Black includes the institutional buy-out of Matchesfashion by Apax Partners, the merger of Brakes & Fresh Direct, the buy-out of Musto Clothing Group, the acquisition of Zarlink’s semiconductor fabrication business; the sale of Basildon Chemicals to KCC Corporation and the flotation of Focusrite Audio Engineering.  His non-transactional work includes advising Virgin Active on global software deployment, Idahoan Foods Inc. on numerous commercial agreements and many members of the Trizell Holdings Group on complex pharmaceutical arrangements and collaborations (for example Blackstone Private Equity’s investment in FerGene) across the US, the Nordic Region and Continental Europe.

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Phil is also a Trustee of ExtraCare Charitable Trust which works to create vibrant and sustainable communities and better lives for older people. The charity’s Lark Hill village is the largest retirement village in the UK and was recently featured in the BAFTA-nominated Channel 4 series, “Old People’s Home for 4-year olds”. Phil is also the Chair of the charity’s Development Committee. He is also a non-executive director of a medical technology company, a proud father of two strapping lads and a lifelong supporter of Liverpool football club.