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Burges Salmon LLP

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Bristol, Edinburgh, London

Richard Spink

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Burges Salmon LLP

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Corporate Finance.


Heads the firm's Corporate team. Has continued to advise on a variety of UK and cross-border deals this year, acting for a range of corporates, institutions and individuals. Richard continues to be a member of the firm's international committee.


Trained Freshfields; qualified 1991; Freshfields 1991-93; joined Burges Salmon 1994; partner 1999.


Law Society; Bristol Law Society.


Educated at Cambridge University (1987 MA Law) and (1988 LLM Public International Law); College of Law, Guildford.


Cricket, cycling and rowing.

London: Corporate and commercial

Equity capital markets – small-mid cap

Within: Equity capital markets – small-mid cap

Burges Salmon LLP regularly handles placing work in conjunction with it's strong restructuring team and its corporate group which acts for a number of domestic public companies. A particularly active area in 2018–2019 has been Brexit-related public company work where, for example, the team advised a listed company on a corporate restructuring mandate involving the creation of an Irish parent company. The team has strong relationships with a number of active nomads, and acts for a corporate client base spanning a variety of sectors, though the group is particularly well known in the energy space. Richard Spink heads the corporate department and Rupert Weston is a name to note in the corporate finance group.

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M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m

Within: M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m

Burges Salmon LLP has a strong footing in the domestic M&A market, advising clients from both its London and heritage Bristol office. Increasingly, the firm is also acting on international mandates for established clients, using its network of preferred firms to facilitate. Notable sector specialisms include food and drink, energy, particularly nuclear and renewables, and hotels and leisure, in which clients are predominantly from the south west. Richard Spink heads the firm's corporate finance group, and focuses on corporate transactions and reorganisations, with a particular emphasis on private equity clients.

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London: Public sector

Education: institutions

Within: Education: institutions

Burges Salmon LLP has 'unrivalled experience' in the full range of education matters and is noted as being one of ten firms appointed to the national legal services framework agreement for the higher education sector. The team has particular expertise in the project arena, where practice head Matthew Ramus is active. The team also includes head of public sector John HouldenMichael Hayles; head of corporate Richard Spink; Tim Roberts; and employment lawyer Luke Bowery.

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South West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Bristol

Within: Leading individuals

Richard Spink - Burges Salmon LLP

Within: Corporate and commercial: Bristol

Burges Salmon LLP handles a high volume of complex corporate transactions, and is able to leverage its 'best-friends' network of overseas firms in matters with cross-border elements. The team acts for high-profile clients across a number of sectors, notably energy, food and beverages, hotels and leisure, and education. The team is jointly led by Richard Spink and Chris Godfrey; Spink has expertise in corporate reorganisations in the private equity space, while Godfrey has a strong track record in M&A, funds work and IPOs. Jonathan Eves, who has been a partner since 2015, excels in complex corporate matters in the energy sector. Recently promoted director Tim Roberts specialises in M&A, with a particular focus on the leisure and tourism industry. Senior associate Alex Lloyd is also highly recommended.

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  • Restoring environmental damage: putting a price on ecosystem services

    On 7 August 2009 a 40-inch pipeline ruptured, spilling 5,400 cubic metres of crude oil into the soil and groundwater of La Crau nature reserve in southern France, a habitat protected under French and European law. The operator had to excavate and replace 60,000 tons of soil, install 70 wells to pump and treat groundwater and 25 pumps to skim oil from surface water, at a cost in the region of €50m. However, this was just the primary remediation (that is, restoring the site to the state it would have been if the damage had not occurred). The operator was also required to compensate for the damage to the habitats and the loss of the ecosystem services that would otherwise have been provided by La Crau nature reserve. Measures included purchasing land outside of the nature reserve and contributing to its management for a period of 30 years (over €1m), monitoring the water table for 20 years (over €500,000), monitoring fauna over three years (€150,000) and rehabilitation in accordance with best available ecological techniques (nearly €2m). Overall, the compensatory restoration (to compensate for the amount of time that the ecosystem was impacted) and complimentary restoration (to compensate for elements of the ecosystem that had been permanently lost) came to more than €6.5m. 

    - Burges Salmon LLP

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