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Richard Johnson

Partner

Corporate and M&A

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About Richard Johnson

Richard advises the world’s leading financial sponsors and multinational corporations, often in the infrastructure space. 

He has experience across the corporate spectrum, with a particular focus on cross-border private and public M&A. 

Richard has worked in our London, Hong Kong and Beijing offices, and spent time at Heathrow on secondment to airports operator BAA.

Recent work

Richard has recently advised:

  • ArcLight Capital Partners, including on the disposals of North Sea Midstream Partners and Bizkaia Energia.
  • Berry Global, including on its recommended takeover of London-listed RPC Group plc.
  • BP plc, including on its acquisition of BHP Billiton’s onshore US shale assets.
  • Debenhams (formerly listed in London), including on its financial restructuring and sale of IP to boohoo.
  • DP World (formerly listed in Dubai) in relation to the recommended offer from its controlling shareholder Port & Free Zone World FZE.
  • Esken (listed in London), including in relation to transactions involving London Southend Airport, Stobart Air and Carlisle Lake District Airport.
  • Ferrovial, including on the disposal of two stakes in London Heathrow airport, the disposal of London Stansted airport and the disposal of London Gatwick airport.
  • Greensands, the holding company of Southern Water, on the sale of a majority stake in the company in return for a significant investment from Macquarie.
  • Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets, including on its takeover of London-listed KCOM Group plc.
  • Michelin, including on its recommended takeover of London-listed Fenner plc.
  • Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan Board, including in relation to transactions involving Brussels airport, Copenhagen airport and Societa Gasdotti Italia.
  • Public Sector Pension Investment Board, including on transactions involving Angel Trains, Alpha Trains and Forth Ports.
  • Saputo Inc., including on its recommended takeover of London-listed Dairy Crest Group plc.

Qualifications

Education

  • King’s College, London (bachelors degree in law, first class honours)
  • Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford (masters degree in law)

Professional qualifications

  • England and Wales (2011)
  • Hong Kong (2017)