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Richard Evans



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Richard Evans



Richard specialises in mergers & acquisitions across Europe and in the infrastructure and financial services sectors. He is recognised in Chambers UK, Legal 500 and IFLR1000 for Infrastructure and M&A. One client reports: "I really enjoyed working with Richard. He's very good on the finer negotiations and is very practical and commercial." Chambers UK 2020. "Richard is a very smart and user-friendly lawyer." Chambers UK 2021 (Infrastructure).

Experience highlights include advising:

  • Standard Chartered Bank on the disposal of its private equity division via sale of its investment portfolio to funds managed by Intermediate Capital Group and spin out of the portfolio management business to Affirma Capital.
  • The Football Association on the proposed sale of Wembley Stadium, the UK's national football stadium.
  • Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec on the establishment of the USD3.8bn joint venture with DP World to invest in the global ports sector.
  • The consortium led by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA) on the acquisition of a 30 per cent. interest in EPIF, the Czech and Slovak gas transmission and distribution subsidiary of EPH.
  • A final stage bidder on the proposed acquisition of London City Airport.
  • GS Infrastructure Partners and Infracapital on the disposal of their aggregate 33.3 per cent. interest in Associated British Ports to Anchorage LP, controlled by CPP Investment Board and Hermes LLP.
  • Cheung Kong Infrastructure Holdings and Cheung Kong (Holdings) on the acquisition by a 50:50 joint venture of the Eversholt Rail Group from 3i Infrastructure plc, Morgan Stanley Infrastructure and STAR Capital with an enterprise value of GBP2.5bn.
  • First State Investments on its acquisition of the Helsinger-Helsingborg passenger and freight ferry business operated as a joint venture by the Scandlines (ultimately controlled by 3i Group plc) and Stena Line groups. The business is the largest ferry operator between Denmark and Sweden.
  • The Ferrovial/MEIF 4 consortium on its GBP1.048bn acquisition of Glasgow, Aberdeen and Southampton airports.
  • The Borealis-led consortium (also comprising Kuwait Investment Office and University Superannuation Scheme) on its unsuccessful proposed public to private Severn Trent for a consideration in excess of GBP5bn.
  • A Macquarie-led consortium on its acquisition of five UK offshore transmission assets (OFTOs) tendered by Ofgem (Walney I & II, Sheringham Shoal, London Array and West of Duddon Sands).
  • Hermes on its acquisition of a 13.1 per cent. interest in Thames Water. 

ING on:

  • its life insurance divestitures in Asia Pacific including the approx. USD1.7bn sale of its South Korean life insurance business, ING Life Korea, to private equity firm MBK Partners, South Korea's largest private equity group;
  • the sale of its Malaysian insurance business to AIA for USD1.7bn;
  • the USD2bn sale of its Asia life insurance, general insurance, pension and financial planning units in Hong Kong and Macau, and its life insurance operation in Thailand, to Pacific Century Group; and
  • the disposal of its PRC life insurance business by way of the sale of its 50 per cent. stake in ING-BOB Life Insurance Co., Ltd to BNP Paribas Cardiff.
  • TMX Group, the operator of the Toronto and Montreal stock exchanges, on its aborted GBP5.5bn merger with the London Stock Exchange.
  • J.P. Morgan Infrastructure Fund on the equity syndication of Koole Terminals to Ontario Teachers' Pension Fund.
  • Macquarie Airports on the disposal of their interests in Brussels and Copenhagen Airports to Ontario Teachers' Pension Fund in exchange for an increased stake in Sydney Airport.
  • An unsuccessful bidder on the acquisition of Porterbrook Rail, the UK ROSCO.
  • An unsuccessful bidder on the acquisition of Swedegas, the Swedish gas transmission network.
  • An unsuccessful consortium on the acquisition of Fortum’s Swedish electricity distribution assets.
  • Elenia Oy (the Finnish electricity transmission grid operator) on its refinancing and innovative bond issue.
  • The lenders to an unsuccessful bidder for Fortum’s Finnish electricity transmission assets.
  • An unsuccessful bidder on the privatisation of the Port of Derince in Turkey.
  • The Macquarie-led consortium on its GBP1.27bn acquisition of ntl Broadcast to form Arqiva.
  • Iberdrola on the disposal of its interest in Nugem.
  • Ontario Teachers' Pension Fund on the equity investment in the consortium acquiring HS1.
  • Department for Transport on the proposed privatisation of a port and on the sale by certain existing shareholders of an interest in NATS to USS.
  • PPL on its acquisitions of the two Central Network DNOs (electricity distribution network operators) from E.On.
  • Biwater Holdings Limited on the disposal of a majority interest in Cascal, the NYSE-listed international water company, whose assets include Bournemouth & West Hampshire Water.
  • Millicom International Cellular on the disposal of its cellular network in Sierra Leone.
  • Capital International Private Equity Funds on its acquisition of a majority stake in Eaton Towers, an African focused telecom towers infrastructure business. 

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Admitted as solicitor, England and Wales, 1999


BA, History, University College London

MPhil, University of Cambridge

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