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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.

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)

His experience includes advising:

  • Mid Europa Partners on the EUR500m sale of its 65% interest in Orange Austria, the third largest mobile phone operator in Austria, to Hutchison 3G Austria Holdings GmbH in 2012.
  • Cable and Wireless on its GBP360m public takeover offer for Thus Group, a Scottish telecoms company.
  • Cable and Wireless on the GBP3.7bn demerger into two new LSE listed groups: Cable & Wireless Communications and Cable & Wireless Worldwide.
  • Novartis on its GBP305m public takeover of Neutec Pharma.
  • Standard Chartered on its USD3.2bn acquisition of Korea First Bank in 2005 and Harrison Lovegrove in 2007.
  • Hiscox on its redomiciliaition to Bermuda in 2006 and rights issue.
  • Beazley on its rights issue and redomiciliation to Jersey in 2009.
  • The College of Law on the GBP180m competitive auction sale of its legal education and training business to Montagu Private Equity in 2012.
  • Sigdo Koppers on its acquisition of Magotteaux in 2011.

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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News & insights

Publications: 19 MAY 2020

Covid-19 coronavirus update: Bank of England Covid Corporate Financing Facility (CCFF)

The CCFF is one of the major support measures announced by HM Treasury.  The others include the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme and the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan…

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News: 18 MAY 2020

Allen & Overy advises on Hiscox Ltd's cashbox placing to raise GBP375 million

A&O advised Hiscox Ltd (Hiscox) on its cashbox placing of ordinary shares, raising gross proceeds of GBP375 million. This transaction continues the recent trend in issuers raising cash proceeds on the…

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Publications: 11 MAY 2020

Contracts and Covid–19: what to do if you or your counterparty cannot perform

Here we set out ten key points to consider when faced with contractual performance issues arising from the Covid-19 crisis. They will help you protect your interests and manage the risk of disputes.

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Publications: 17 APRIL 2020

Covid–19 coronavirus update: HM Treasury Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS) Speed Read- updated 19 May 2020

CLBILS is a scheme under which the UK Government will provide a partial guarantee of financing made available to mid-cap and larger businesses.  

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