Richard Barham > Dentons > London, England > Lawyer Profile


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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).

Lawyer Rankings

London > Risk advisory > Corporate governance

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.

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport

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.