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Akin Gump LLP
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Work Department

Partner; Cross-Border Transactions


Sebastian Rice is the partner in charge of Akin Gump’s London and Hong Kong offices. Mr. Rice’s practice focuses on providing advice on cross-border mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions.


Prior to joining Akin Gump, Mr. Rice spent four years at an international law firm, where he acted on a large number of substantial corporate deals. Mr. Rice also worked in-house at 3i Group plc, the private equity and venture capital house, as a legal advisor to its European investment teams.

Mr. Rice regularly speaks at conferences in the UK, Russia and other republics of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). He is fluent in Russian and Italian.

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B.A., University of Exeter, England, with honors, 1993

Lawyer Rankings

London > Corporate and commercial > M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £500m+

Akin Gump LLP‘s London office is highly regarded by clients for its ‘depth of talent and resources’ on high-value, cross-border transactions. The team is particularly noted for its strength in emerging markets, handling major energy, TMT, and infrastructure deals for clients in locations such as Russia, the CIS, Africa, and Latin America. Joint practice heads Sebastian Rice and Daniel G. Walsh both boast significant experience in international M&A, variously specialising in private equity, venture capital, and telecoms deals. The practice is benefitting from its 2019 hires; Gavin Weir is roundly praised by clients as ‘the definition of a trusted adviser’, Shaun Lascelles is recommended for his deep knowledge of international oil and gas markets, while Weyinmi Popo is a key contact for Africa-focused private equity sponsors, strategic investors and family offices.

London > Corporate and commercial > Private equity: transactions - mid-market deals (up to £250m)

Akin Gump LLP‘s private equity team has been building its reputation in London following a series of hires over recent years. It acts on a large volume of matters, including acquisitions, investments, joint ventures, and disposals and has a particularly strong presence in emerging markets, with recent deals involving companies in Nigeria, South Africa, and Colombia as well as in Russia. Shaun Lascelles focuses on emerging markets, and has considerable experience acting in the energy space. Simon Rootsey advises on a range of cross-border mandates, while Weyinmi Popo is noted for his work in the African market. The practice is led by Sebastian Rice, who also leads the firm’s Hong Kong practice.