Richard Ward > Debevoise & Plimpton LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

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Richard Ward is Co-Managing Partner for the firm in London, and Chair of the firm’s UK Tax practice. A broad-gauged UK corporate and transactional tax lawyer, Mr. Ward has advised an array of multinational clients on mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, financing transactions and private equity fund formation and operation.


Trainee and associate Freshfields; qualified 1985; Freshfields 1983-92; associate Bird & Bird 1992-93; partner 1993-2003; partner Debevoise & Plimpton LLP 2004 to date. .


Law Society; International Fiscal Association (British branch).

Mr. Ward is a member of the international tax and tax reporting working group of Invest Europe, (previously the European Private Equity & Venture Capital Association).


Cranleigh School, Surrey; St Edmund Hall, Oxford.

Lawyer Rankings

Qatar > Foreign firms

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has a strong foothold in the Qatari market through its work on major infrastructure projects and disputes. Managing partner Dani Kabbani leads the team and is an expert in commercial and corporate law, particularly in the oil and gas sector. On the contentious side, Richard Ward is highly skilled in construction litigation and arbitration.

London > Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP stands out for its expertise in the interplay between US and UK tax regimes, predominantly advising on fund formation, M&A, financing and capital markets tax issues with US-UK aspects. The team is jointly-led by London co-managing partner Richard Ward and Matthew Saronson, whose practice consists of advising sponsors and investors on the US and international tax aspects of private equity funds and their operations.