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Richard Cranfield



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Richard Cranfield



Richard is global chairman of A&O's Corporate practice and co-head of A&O's financial institutions group.  He has over 30 years' experience in mergers and acquisitions, and in capital markets (both international and domestic) for equity financings. His corporate client base includes FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 companies and banks in the UK and large public and private corporations and financial institutions outside the UK.

"Richard is particularly strong in his technical abilities and his understanding of how legal matters relate to real business issues and situations - giving strong legal and pragmatic support" - Legal 500 UK 2021 (Corporate Governance)

Market commentators describe Richard as an "excellent relationship partner who continues to roll up his sleeves". Chambers UK 2016 (Corporate/M&A)

Clients enthuse Richard is "bright and practical" and "has a very good way of settling the nerves of the board". Chambers UK 2014 (Corporate/M&A)

Clients say "What he does not know is not worth knowing … boards take real comfort from his assurances on a deal, such is his gravitas and knowledge". Chambers UK 2011 (Corporate/M&A)

Other noteworthy experience includes advising:

  • BT on the sale of its Spanish managed ICT services business to Portobello Capital.
  • Electra Private Equity on its strategic review, formal sale process and GBP119m sale of its non-controlled assets, PhotoBox and Knights Square, to Lexington Partners.
  • HarbourVest Partners on its GBP1bn hostile bid for SVG Capital and subsequent asset purchase.
  • Hiscox on its £375m capital raise in May 2020.
  • Kuwait Energy on its USD650m acquisition by United Energy Group by way of Jersey scheme of arrangement.
  • Loxam on its GBP60m acquisition of UK Platforms HSS Hire Group.
  • Loxam on its GBP459m recommended cash offer for Lavendon Group.
  • Volcan Investments on its proposed acquisition of a significant stake in Anglo American for GBP2bn and the proposed issue of the associated mandatory exchangeable bond into Anglo American shares.
  • Worldpay on its GBP9bn merger with Vantiv.
  • WPP on the USD3.1bn sale of a 60% stake in Kantar to Bain Capital.

Experience highlights



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Admitted as solicitor, England and Wales, 1980

Admitted as solicitor, Ireland, 2018


MA Economics (Pt I), Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University, 1978

MA Law (Pt II), Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University, 1978



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