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Richard Hall

Partner, Corporate

Richard Hall is the Head of Cravath’s Mergers and Acquisitions practice for EMEA. He has been described as a “consummate attorney with a business mind” who “brings extremely creative ideas to the table.” Mr. Hall’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and matters relating to activist defense.

Mr. Hall’s clients have included AngloGold Ashanti, Archer‑Daniels‑Midland, AXA, Banco Santander, Barrick Gold, Brookfield Asset Management, Deutsche Telekom, GKN, The Linde Group, Peabody Energy, Royal Dutch Shell, Time Warner, WestRock, Weyerhaeuser and The Williams Companies. 

Mr. Hall’s notable representations include:

  • Deutsche Telekom AG (“DT”) in its Master Framework Agreement with SoftBank and T-Mobile realigning the ownership and governance of T-Mobile, pursuant to which DT consented to SoftBank’s sale of approximately 198 million T-Mobile shares in the capital markets for approximately $20 billion and DT received call options on approximately 101 million additional T-Mobile shares held by SoftBank;
  • Brookfield Asset Management in its $3.8 billion acquisition of a controlling stake and pending $1.5 billion acquisition of the remaining stake in TerraForm Power and its $1.3 billion acquisition of TerraForm Global;
  • Barrick Gold in its proposed $42 billion merger and subsequent joint venture with Newmont Mining and its $18.3 billion merger with Randgold Resources;
  • Peabody Energy in its pending multibillion‑dollar joint venture with Arch Coal;
  • GKN in the proposed $6.1 billion combination of GKN’s Driveline business and Dana;
  • AXA in its $15.3 billion acquisition of XL;
  • WestRock in its $4.9 billion acquisition of KapStone Paper and Packaging and its $2.3 billion acquisition of Multi Packaging Solutions;
  • The Linde Group in its $70 billion merger of equals with Praxair and its $4.6 billion acquisition of Lincare;
  • The Williams Companies in its exploration of strategic alternatives, including its rejection of an unsolicited acquisition proposal and subsequent proposed $37.7 billion business combination transaction with Energy Transfer;
  • MarkWest Energy in its $21 billion merger with MPLX;
  • Delhaize in its $29 billion merger of equals with Royal Ahold;
  • Grupo Villar Mir and its subsidiary Grupo FerroAtlántica in its combination with Globe Specialty Metals;
  • Rock‑Tenn in its $16 billion combination with MeadWestvaco;
  • Covance in its $6.2 billion sale to LabCorp;
  • Life Technologies in its $15.8 billion sale to Thermo Fisher Scientific; and
  • the special committee of the independent directors of CNH Global, as U.S. counsel, in connection with the merger of Fiat Industrial and CNH Global with and into CNH Industrial.

Mr. Hall has been named a “Dealmaker of the Year” by The American Lawyer, a “Mergers & Acquisitions MVP” by Law360 and a Mergers & Acquisitions Trailblazer by The National Law Journal. The Financial Times has repeatedly featured Mr. Hall’s client representations as among the most innovative in North America. He has been cited as a leading practitioner in mergers and acquisitions by, among others, Chambers USA, Chambers Global, The Legal 500 US, The Legal 500 Latin America, IFLR1000, The Best Lawyers in America, Who's Who Legal: M&A and Governance, Lawdragon and Latin Lawyer 250.

Mr. Hall is a frequent speaker and author on topics related to developments in corporate and mergers and acquisitions law. He recently chaired the “Current Issues in Cross‑Border Private Equity” session at the International Bar Association’s Annual Conference. Mr. Hall also co‑authored the U.S. section of The Mergers and Acquisitions Review.

Mr. Hall was born in Melbourne, Australia. He received a B.Com. with honors in 1984, an LL.B. with honors in 1986 from the University of Melbourne, and an LL.M. from Harvard University in 1988.

Mr. Hall joined Cravath in 1988 and was elected a partner in 1995.

Mr. Hall is admitted only in New York.

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