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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP
E14 5DS

Work Department

Private Equity


Partner – Co-head of Skadden’s Private Equity Group


Richard Youle focuses on private equity matters, including advising private equity houses and financial sponsor clients on all types of leveraged M&A and portfolio assistance, such as restructuring advice.


  • Legal Practice Course, The College of Law, 1996
  • LL.B., Newcastle University, 1995

Lawyer Rankings

London > Corporate and commercial > Private equity: transactions – high-value deals (£250m+)

(Hall of Fame)

Richard YouleSkadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP advises on complex private equity transactions including buyouts, carve-outs, bolt-ons, investments and PE-backed mergers. In addition to its specialist PE expertise, the practice is able to draw on substantial expertise across  banking, tax and competition law to provide well-rounded advice to clients. The firm’s PE partners also work closely with the wider London M&A practice to handle matters such as take-privates. Practice head Richard Youle remains highly visible in the London market; noted for his close relationship with Hg Capital, he also handled major deals in 2021 on behalf of Castik and H.I.G. Steven Hannah was made up to partner in April 2021 and recently worked alongside Youle on a number of transactions for H.I.G. Since joining the firm in late 2020, Bruce Embley has developed a practice spanning M&A and private equity, acting for buyout houses and sovereign wealth funds in high-value exits and acquisitions. Katja Butler is also recognised for her expertise in complex, cross-border work and is described by clients as ‘excellent to work with’.