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Richard Norton, Partner

Richard specialises in corporate finance and banking both for public and private companies.

Richard Norton, Partner

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Richard qualified at Linklaters where he specialised in privatisations and general corporate finance and banking transactions both in London and Hong Kong. Whilst at Linklaters he became an expert on the London Stock Exchange listing rules and the City Code on Takeovers and Mergers.

He became a corporate partner at Charles Russell in 1990 and has advised on over 100 transactions involving stock exchange listings, either on new issues or as part of UK or international M&A transactions. He also advises banks and borrowers on banking and restructurings in the UK and internationally, with a particular focus on the Middle East. For over ten years he has been a core member of the Charles Russell Speechlys LLP team advising a Middle Eastern Central Bank on one of the largest and most complex multi- jurisdictional banking insolvencies in corporate history.

Richard is recognised as leading individual in The Legal 500 and ranked as a Band 1 partner in Chambers & Partners for Banking & Finance.

Recent deal highlights

  • Advised Roshan Telecom, the leading Afghan mobile supplier, on its restructuring involving IFC and AKFED.

  • Advised the shareholders of Medpass International, the leading European medical device CRO, regulatory and reimbursement consultancy, on the sale of the company to Icon plc, a NASDAQ listed global provider of drug and device development and commercialisation services. This transaction further expands ICON’s global medical device and diagnostic research services.

  • Advised SourceBreaker, a leading supplier of AI-driven “Search & Match” recruitment software technology, on a fundraising round, which included existing and new investors.

  • Advised main-market listed (and longstanding client) Trifast plc, an international specialist in the design, engineering, manufacture and distribution of high quality industrial fastenings to major global assembly industries, on a placing of shares through an accelerated book building process using a Jersey cash box structure. This successful placing ensures that the group can continue to invest in both long term and short term growth as markets recover.

  • Advised Trifast Plc on a £80m banking facility with a consortium of banks, which comprised HSBC UK Bank plc, Citibank N.A. and National Westminster Bank plc. The new facility increases the company’s ability to continue to invest and grow, both organically and via further acquisitions, and involved negotiation of facilities and security documents across multiple jurisdictions.

  • Advised the sellers of longstanding client PKL Group, a world leading supplier of temporary kitchens and catering equipment, on the sale of the company to Lowe Rental Group, backed by private equity house Perwyn Advisors UK Limited. The deal was structure enabled the management team, who remain actively involved in the business going forward, to roll over part of their existing investment into the acquiring company.