Richard Hilton

Joined firm 2012. Partner since 2022.

Richard is a partner in our Corporate and M&A Group, advising a broad range of clients on international transactions and advisory matters. He has particular expertise in mergers, acquisitions, disposals and joint ventures.

Richard is also part of the firm’s ESG Group, regularly advising clients on environmental and climate-related regulation.

Highlights include advising:

Public M&A

  • UK bids/acquisitions: Authentic Brands Group (Ted Baker), Fortress Investment Group (Morrisons), Shell (BG Group) and (Just Eat)
  • UK defences/sales: ContourGlobal (KKR), Direct Line Group (Ageas), GW Pharma (Jazz Pharmaceuticals) and Sophos (Thoma Bravo)
  • Japan: Japan Industrial Partners on its acquisition of Toshiba

Private M&A

  • Acquisitions: Bunzl, DavidsonKempner, Euroclear, GSK, Kohlberg & Co and Schroders
  • Disposals: Abrdn, Arrow Global, Ascential, BHP, ContourGlobal, GSK and Vodafone
  • Joint venture formations/exits: Daily Mail, GSK, Standard Chartered and Vodafone


  • Various corporates on environmental and climate-related matters, including compliance, governance and reporting
  • The Integrity Council for the Voluntary Carbon Market (ICVCM) on its establishment and governance
  • The chair and executive directors of Cash Access UK on its establishment and governance


  • Various corporates on capital raises and returns of value, including Ascential, Countrywide and Drax
  • Vodafone on its network-sharing arrangements with Virgin Media O2 in the UK
  • Shell on the simplification of its corporate structure
  • Standard Chartered on the launch of Zodia Markets, its cryptocurrency trading platform
  • Aviva on the impact of Covid-19 on its general insurance business
  • Various insurers on reorganisations and transfers of business in preparation for Brexit