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Richard is a partner in Dentons’ London Corporate department. He has particular experience in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate governance and privatisations. He also advises regularly on establishing and reorganising companies and businesses (both solvent and insolvent), other commercial agreements and associated regulatory issues.
Richard works across a number of sectors. In particular he advises on transactions in the transportation sector (rail, road and air including a three-year period working on the UK rail privatisation), and the financial sector (such as a bank’s own M&A; and debt-equity restructurings of bank customers). He heads our sports practice, focusing on M&A, financings and commercial agreements. He also regularly advises public sector clients, including the UK Government.
Most of the transactions in which he is involved are cross-border; and he has worked on deals involving 100+ jurisdictions. In particular, Richard has advised on numerous matters in Russia and the CIS, the Middle East and Africa. More recently he has worked on a number of transactions involving China, Japan and India.
Chambers feedback acknowledges that “working with Richard is a pleasure”; he is described as “calm, extremely knowledgeable” and having “an ability to defuse the confrontation inevitable in negotiations”. Legal 500 have recognised Richard as having “huge corporate law experience”.
Trained Wilde Sapte, qualified 1989; Wilde Sapte lawyer 1987-89, partner 1989-96; partner Dentons (formerly SNR Denton, Denton Wilde Sapte and Wilde Sapte) 1996-present. Articled clerk memberships held: solicitor, senior courts of England and Wales 1989.
Trinity College (MA 1986); College of Law Chester(Law School Finals 1987).
Dentons advises FTSE-listed clients, financial institutions and clients in the public sector on an array of governance issues, including annual reporting and regulatory compliance work, ESG issues, and governance concerns arising from transactions and business strategies. The team is led by Martin Mankabady, who has a strong focus on the insurance sector and handles operational resilience issues and the redrafting of corporate governance codes, alongside Richard Barham, who primarily advises on governance issues relating to transactions and joint ventures, including a number of cross-border matters. Candice Chapman focuses on highly regulated industries, while Celyn Armstrong handles contentious financial services sector work. Senior associate Marija Bračković specialises in financial crime mandates, including drafting frameworks for regulatory compliance.
The team at Dentons , which is able to draw on the wider firm’s extensive international footprint, is led by Richard Barham, who is instructed on a wealth of cross-border M&A and financing deals in addition to matters concerning league structures, corporate governance and event bidding. The wider team is also well-regarded for its proficiency in broadcasting and media right sales, disputes, stadium planning and construction, as well as commercial agreements such as sponsorship and partner deals. Motorsport and rugby-related matters are particularly prevalent within the recent workload and the group is also home to long-standing expertise in football.
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- Industry focus > Emerging markets
- Industry focus > Hospitality and leisure
- Finance > Islamic finance
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms
- Corporate and commercial > M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m
- Projects, energy and natural resources > Oil and gas
- Transport > Rail
- Industry focus > Retail and consumer
- Corporate and commercial > Commercial contracts
- Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers
- Risk advisory > Corporate governance
- Risk advisory > Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity
- Real estate > Environment
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Franchising
- Projects, energy and natural resources > Infrastructure
- Investment fund formation and management > Listed funds
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > PATMA: Patent attorneys
- Real estate > Planning
- Projects, energy and natural resources > Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables)
- Corporate and commercial > Private equity: transactions - mid-market deals (up to £250m)
- Real estate > Property litigation
- Finance > Securitisation
- Finance > Trade finance
- Finance > Transport finance and leasing
- Finance > Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans
- Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail
- Real estate > Commercial property: development
- Real estate > Commercial property: investment
- Real estate > Construction: contentious
- Real estate > Construction: non-contentious
- Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax
- Finance > Debt capital markets
- Finance > Derivatives and structured products
- Corporate and commercial > Equity capital markets – mid-large cap
- Corporate and commercial > Equity capital markets – small-mid cap
- Corporate and commercial > EU and competition: trade, WTO anti-dumping and customs
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Fintech
- Employment > Health and safety
- Insurance > Insurance: corporate and regulatory
- Public sector > Local government
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media and entertainment (including media finance)
- Employment > Pensions (non-contentious)
- Employment > Pensions: dispute resolution
- Real estate > Property finance
- Industry focus > TMT
- Transport > Aviation
- Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium
- Finance > Corporate restructuring & insolvency
- Employment > Employers
- Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious
- Corporate and commercial > Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory
- Employment > Immigration
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: patents (contentious and non-contentious)
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design
- Dispute resolution > International arbitration
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > PATMA: Trade mark attorneys
- Dispute resolution > Public international law
- Corporate and commercial > Venture capital
- Corporate and commercial > EU and competition
- Risk advisory > Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates)
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport
- Finance > Acquisition finance