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Richard C. Morrissey

Of Counsel

Richard C. Morrissey

Of Counsel
Washington, D.C. +1-202-956-7500+1-202-956-7500 +1-202-293-6330+1-202-293-6330
[email protected]

Richard C. Morrissey is former managing partner of the Firm’s London office. He has extensive experience in cross-border mergers and acquisitions in a wide range of industries, and was formerly the head of the Mergers & Acquisitions group in Europe and has worked with numerous private equity firms on the buy side of transactions; on the sell side, he has worked with a number of corporate clients selling businesses to, or negotiating investments by, a variety of private equity firms. He is also a former co-head of the Firm’s Private Equity practice. Mr. Morrissey has also participated in many international equity and debt offerings for non-U.S. private issuers.

Mr. Morrissey is consistently recognised as a leading corporate lawyer, most recently for his work as an M&A practitioner in the 2017 edition of Chambers UK, the 2016 editions of Chambers Global and The Legal 500 United Kingdom, the 2015 edition of Chambers Europe, and the 2014 edition of Super Lawyers. He has received recognition on a number of occasions by Euromoney as one of the “world’s leading capital markets lawyers” and was cited in Global Counsel 3000 as a recommended lawyer for both capital markets and M&A. He was co-chair of the Practising Law Institute’s Annual Conference on Securities Regulation in Europe for five years. He is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, McDonough School of Business, where he teaches private equity.


  • Alcatel-Lucent in connection with its combination with Nokia
  • ING on the sale of its U.S. real estate business
  • BBVA on the sale of its Mexican pension business
  • Diageo on its joint venture with Ketel One vodka
  • AkzoNobel on its sale of Organon to Schering-Plough
  • AkzoNobel on its purchase of ICI
  • AkzoNobel on the sale of its North American decorative paints business to PPG
  • Scottish Power on its sale to Iberdrola
  • Hilton Hotels on its acquisition of the non-US lodging business of Hilton Group plc
  • Telewest Global on its acquisition by NTL, Inc.
  • TeliaSonera in connection with the proposed purchase of a majority stake in Turkcell and proposed sale of certain Eurasian businesses
  • France Telecom in connection with its acquisition of the outstanding minority interests in Equant and Wanadoo
  • Philips on its sale of a variety of businesses
  • Eni on its acquisition of Italgas
  • Grand Metropolitan in connection with its merger with Guinness
  • Glaxo Wellcome on its merger with SmithKline Beecham
  • Olivetti on its acquisition of Telecom Italia
  • Telecom Italia on a variety of its restructuring efforts, including the tender offer for its saving shares, and the merger of its Internet subsidiary and Seat Pagine Gialle
  • Nomura Securities International on its acquisition of Thorn-EMI plc
  • the independent board of directors of Minorco on its acquisition by Anglo American
Private Equity
  • Silver Lake-led consortium on its sale of Skype to Microsoft
  • Silver Lake-led consortium on its acquisition of a 65% interest in Skype from eBay
  • Silver Lake on its purchase of Intelsat
  • Silver Lake on the purchase of Philips semiconductors business (NXP) by KKR and Silver Lake
  • Canada Pension Plan Investment Board as lead consortium member on the acquisition of AWG plc
  • Canada Pension Plan Investment Board on its investment in road networks in Chile
  • Thomson in connection with the PIPE investment by Silver Lake Partners
Capital Markets
  • Diageo on numerous debt deals and on the sale of its equity stake in General Mills acquired in connection with Diageo’s sale of its Pillsbury business
  • the underwriters on the French and International rights offering by France Telecom
  • Eni and Snam Rete Gas in connection with EM’s partial spin-off of the Italian gas transportation network
  • the underwriters on the privatisation of Eni and later EM in connection with further sales by the Italian Government of its interest in EM
  • Bass, Diageo, Grand Metropolitan, LASMO and other issuers in connection with their initial New York Stock Exchange listings