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Burges Salmon LLP

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Bristol, 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-boarder 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

M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£250m

Within: M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£250m

The ‘truly partner led practice’ at Burges Salmon LLP provides ‘an impeccable level of service all round, including value for money’. Bristol-based head of practice Richard Spink is ‘an assured practitioner, who is consistently able to deliver’; his expertise lies in corporate transactions for private equity clients. The ‘very personable, knowledgeable and pragmatic’ Camilla Usher-Clark is a core member of the firm’s energy sector. Jonathan Eves and senior associate Julie Book are ‘experts in solar PV and energy storage deals’; one highlight of this nature saw Eves advise Maas Capital Renewables on its entry into a joint venture with Solarplicity to install rooftop solar facilities for housing association tenants across the UK. Alan Barr , hotels and leisure expert Rupert Weston , private equity specialist Mark Shepherd and senior associate Tim Roberts are also recommended.

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Venture capital

Within: Venture capital

Headed from the firm's Bristol headquarters by Mark Shepherd, Burges Salmon LLP handles a significant amount of venture capital work for both investors and investees as a function of its broader private equity offering. Particularly strong in sectoral areas of focus for the firm including renewable energy, the team covers investments across the life cycle of the funding process and also benefits from the ability to leverage the firm's private client pedigree, of particular use in relation to early stage investment on behalf of ultra-high-net-worth angel investors and their family offices. Recent highlights include advised German semiconductor manufacturer Infineon on its Series E investment in XMOS, a leading supplier of voice and audio solutions to the consumer market.  Richard Spink is also recommended. Other clients include Ingenious Investments, Octopus Investments and Play Sports Network.

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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 attracts praise for its ‘extensive commercial and industry knowledge’. The department has been increasingly active in deals with US and Asian funders, especially those from Singapore and Malaysia, and continues to see substantial instructions emanating from Europe. Jonathan Eves assisted Netherlands-based Maas Capital with a large-scale joint venture agreement with Solarplicity for a rooftop solar panel installation, which will provide energy to 800,000 housing association tenants across the UK. Though the majority of its clients are based outside of the South West, the team does win significant regional instructions. For instance, Dominic Davis advised the founding shareholders of Bristol’s Pukka Herbs on its acquisition by Unilever. Mark Shepherd and Richard Spink ‘ensure positive outcomes for their clients’ and specialise in private equity transactions. In addition to its M&A work, the corporate group also has experience in equity capital markets and funds transactions, which are relatively unique to the region. Chris Godfrey has experience advising issuers and brokers in equity capital markets transactions, while Jeremy Bell , who specialises in structuring private investment funds, joined the team from Ashurst in 2017. Camilla Usher-Clark has been involved in a number of significant energy transactions, and Rupert Weston is another key figure in the department.

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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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