Richard Butterwick is a partner and Co-Chair of the Corporate Department of Latham & Watkins’ London office. He is a former Global Co-Chair of the firm’s Public Company Representation Practice.

Mr. Butterwick’s practice encompasses a wide variety of domestic and cross-border corporate finance and merger and acquisition work, including public takeovers, private M&A, joint ventures, activism defense, and capital markets transactions.

In 2011, Mr. Butterwick returned to the firm from a two-year secondment as an executive member of the UK Takeover Panel.

Mr. Butterwick’s representative matters include advising:

  • Darktrace plc, a global leader in cybersecurity artificial intelligence, in its US$5.3 billion UK take-private acquisition by Thoma Bravo
  • Abcam plc, a global leader in the supply of life sciences research tools, on its US$5.7 billion sale to Danaher Corporation
  • Tyman plc on the proposed acquisition of its entire issued and to-be-issued share capital by Quanex Buildings Products Corporation, a NYSE listed company
  • A private equity consortium led by Astorg and Epiris on the £1.6 billion UK Takeover Code offer for Euromoney Institutional Investor Plc, a leading financial news and information business
  • Ortho Clinical Diagnostics plc on its combination with Quidel Inc
  • National Aviation Services and Agility on its offer for John Menzies plc
  • Blackstone Infrastructure Partners on its completed offer with the management founders for Applegreen plc
  • Waterfall Asset Management on its acquisition of Alternative Credit Investments plc
  • CPP as a member of the bid consortium to Tryg S/A in relation to its cash offer alongside Intact Financial Corporation for RSA Insurance Group plc.
  • CPP in relation to its completed consortium take-privates of Inmarsat plc and Merlin Entertainment plc
  • DWS Group in relation to its offer for Stagecoach Group plc
  • Aon plc on its proposed merger with Willis Towers Watson
  • Thomas Cook Group in connection with its strategic review, re-financing and the proposed sale of its airline and ultimately its attempted recapitalization
  • The independent directors of Vedanta Resources plc in connection with the possible offer by Volcan Investments Ltd for the remaining issued and to be issued share capital of Vedanta not already held by Volcan
  • The Motherson Group on its acquisition of the Rydel Automotive Group
  • JP Morgan in connection with the proposed recommended acquisition of Nex Group PLC by CME Group
  • GVC Holdings PLC in connection with the financing and acquisition of Ladbrokes by way of scheme of arrangement
  • MSD Capital in relation to the the offers by majority shareholder CDL for Millennium & Copthorne Hotels plc
  • A consortium led by Blackstone and CVC Capital Partners on its offer for Paysafe Group plc
  • Chinese-listed client Hytera Communications Corporation Limited in connection with its acquisition Sepura Group PLC 
  • Deutsche Bank as financial advisor to Loxam on its offer for Lavendon plc
  • RPC Group in connection with a number of transactions, including its takeover offer for British Polythene Industries plc, and acquisition of Environmental Solutions Europe (ESE)
  • FMC Technologies, Inc. in connection with its ongoing US$13 billion merger of equals between FMC Technologies and Technip
  • Perella Weinberg, as financial advisor to Deutsche Börse, in connection with Deutsche Börse’s UK takeover of the London Stock Exchange
  • Landmark Aviation in connection with its acquisition by BBA Aviation Plc
  • InterXion Holding N.V. in connection with the proposed sale of InterXion to TelecityGroup plc
  • Adecco in takeover offer of Penna Consulting plc
  • Globe Specialty Metals, Inc in connection with the US$3.1 billion merger of equals between Globe Specialty Metals and Grupo FerroAtlantica to create Ferroglobe plc
  • Sorin Group in connection with the US$2.7 billion merger of equals between Sorin and Cyberonics to create LivaNova, a new medical technology company
  • Carlyle Strategic Partners on its takeover offer for Nationwide Accident Repairs plc (NARS), and NARS’ subsequent successful takeover offer for Just Car Clincs plc
  • Qatar Holding LLC in relation to the US$45.5 billion merger of Xstrata plc and Glencore International plc
  • Carlyle Investment Management LLC in relation to its successful takeover of Dealogic (Holdings) plc and subsequent 2017 recapitalisation with ION Group
  • JP Morgan as financial advisor to AbbVie Inc on its aborted US$54 billion takeover offer for Shire plc
  • UCE Synttech Holdings in relation to its successful US$500 million hostile takeover offer for IG Seismic Services plc
  • Qatar Investment Authority on its bid for J Sainsbury Plc

Bar Qualification

  • England and Wales (Solicitor)


  • LLB, Trinity College, Dublin