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Richard Hall

Partner, Corporate

Richard Hall is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance advice and matters relating to activist defense. Mr. Hall is the Head of Cravath’s Mergers and Acquisitions practice for EMEA.

Mr. Hall’s clients have included AngloGold Ashanti Limited, Archer‑Daniels‑Midland Company, Banco Santander, Barrick Gold Corporation, Brookfield Asset Management, The Linde Group, Royal Dutch Shell plc, Time Warner Inc., WestRock Company, Weyerhaeuser Company and The Williams Companies, Inc. Mr. Hall’s recent notable representations include Brookfield Asset Management in its pending US$1.3 billion acquisition of TerraForm Global and its US$3.8 billion acquisition of a controlling stake in TerraForm Power, WestRock Company in its US$2.3 billion acquisition of Multi Packaging Solutions International Limited, The Linde Group in its pending US$70 billion merger of equals with Praxair, Inc., The Williams Companies, Inc. in its exploration of strategic alternatives, including its rejection of an unsolicited acquisition proposal and subsequent proposed US$37.7 billion business combination transaction with Energy Transfer Equity, L.P., MarkWest Energy Partners, L.P. in its US$21 billion merger with MPLX LP, Delhaize Group in its US$29 billion merger of equals with Royal Ahold N.V., Grupo Villar Mir, SAU and its subsidiary Grupo FerroAtlántica, S.A. in its combination with Globe Specialty Metals, Inc., Rock‑Tenn Company in its US$16 billion combination with MeadWestvaco Corporation, Covance Inc. in its US$6.2 billion sale to Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings, Life Technologies Corporation in its US$15.8 billion sale to Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., The Linde Group in its US$4.6 billion acquisition of Lincare Holdings Inc. and the special committee of the independent directors of CNH Global N.V. as U.S. counsel in connection with the merger of Fiat Industrial S.p.A. and CNH Global with and into CNH Industrial N.V. Mr. Hall has also acted on behalf of Time Warner Inc. on M&A and regular corporate matters, including its pending merger with AT&T, the unsolicited proposal from Twenty‑First Century Fox, Inc. to acquire Time Warner, its dealings with Carl Icahn and its separations of Time Inc., Time Warner Cable and AOL. He has also acted for Weyerhaeuser on its recent white paper, containerboard, homebuilding and Cellulose Fibers pulp mills divestitures.

Mr. Hall has been repeatedly cited as one of the country’s leading practitioners in mergers and acquisitions by, among others, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business from 2007 through 2017; Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business from 2007 through 2017; The Legal 500 United States from 2010 through 2017; The Legal 500 Latin America from 2012 through 2017; IFLR1000 from 2005 through 2018; The Best Lawyers in America from 2007 through 2018; The International Who’s Who of Merger & Acquisition Lawyers; and Latin Lawyer 250: Latin Americas Leading Business Law Firms from 2009 through 2016. He was named by Lawdragon as one of “500 Leading Lawyers in America” from 2011 through 2017. In 2016, Mr. Hall was selected as a Mergers & Acquisitions Trailblazer by The National Law Journal. He has also been named by The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers as one of the ten “Most Highly Regarded Individuals” in mergers and acquisitions as well as corporate governance law. In addition, Cravath’s mergers and acquisitions practice received a high ranking by Chambers for being “knowledgeable and responsive, with excellent levels of service.” 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. He joined Cravath in 1988 and became a partner in 1996.

Mr. Hall may be reached by phone at +1‑212‑474‑1293 or by email at

+1 (212) 474-1293
+1 (212) 474-3700