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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, AXA, Banco Santander, Barrick Gold Corporation, Brookfield Asset Management, GKN, The Linde Group, Peabody Energy, Royal Dutch Shell plc, Time Warner Inc., WestRock Company, Weyerhaeuser Company and The Williams Companies, Inc. Mr. Hall’s recent notable representations include Barrick Gold in its proposed US$42 billion merger and subsequent joint venture with Newmont Mining and its US$18.3 billion merger with Randgold Resources, Peabody Energy in its pending multibillion‑dollar joint venture with Arch Coal, GKN in the proposed US$6.1 billion combination of GKN’s Driveline business and Dana, AXA in its US$15.3 billion acquisition of XL Group, WestRock Company in its US$4.9 billion acquisition of KapStone Paper and Packaging Corporation and its US$2.3 billion acquisition of Multi Packaging Solutions International Limited, Brookfield Asset Management in its US$1.3 billion acquisition of TerraForm Global and its US$3.8 billion acquisition of a controlling stake in TerraForm Power, The Linde Group in its 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 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, Chambers Global, The Legal 500 United States, The Legal 500 Latin America, IFLR1000, The Best Lawyers in America, The International Who’s Who of Merger & Acquisition Lawyers and Latin Lawyer 250. He was recognized by Lawdragon as one of “500 Leading Lawyers in America” from 2011 through 2019, and 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 2018, Mr. Hall was named a “Mergers & Acquisitions MVP” by Law360 and a “Dealmaker of the Year” by The American Lawyer magazine. His work on behalf of The Linde Group in its $70 billion merger of equals with Praxair, Inc. was featured by the Financial Times in its annual FT North America Innovative Lawyers 2018 report. Mr. Hall was selected as a Mergers & Acquisitions Trailblazer by The National Law Journal in 2016. He 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

Mr. Hall is admitted only in New York.

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