Richard Collinson
Senior Associate



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Summary Open

Richard is a Senior Associate in the Corporate group based in the London office of Watson Farley & Williams.

Richard advises on cross-border public and private M&A transactions, initial and secondary capital raisings, joint ventures and general corporate advisory work. He has experience in a variety of sectors, including energy & infrastructure, financial services and natural resources.  Prior to joining Watson Farley & Williams in 2015, Richard trained and practised at Slaughter and May and practised with a leading global law firm.

Experience Open

    Richard’s experience includes advising:
    • Velocita Energy Developments Ltd on its £191.5m disposal of a portfolio comprising three under-construction onshore wind projects in eastern France to Canada’s Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. and Desjardins Group Pension Plan.
    • Mariana Resources Limited, the AIM and TSXV listed mining exploration and development company, on its £166.85m combination with Sandstorm Gold Ltd, a gold streaming and royalty company listed on NYSE MKT and TSX. This was the largest M&A transaction on AIM in 2017.
    • DONG Energy on the reorganisation of its Lincs offshore wind farm joint venture following the decision of partners Centrica and Siemens Project Ventures to sell their respective 50% and 25% stakes in the Lincs project. DONG retains its 25% stake in Lincs.
    • Velocita Energy Developments Ltd on the disposal of its French business, consisting of a 14 MW operating onshore windfarm in France and its French development portfolio, to Chinese turbine manufacturer Envision Energy. The pipeline consists of circa 500 MW of projects at various stages of development, primarily located in eastern France near Besançon.
    • Velocita Energy Developments Ltd on the disposal of two onshore wind farms in Scotland – the operational 11.5 MW Ardoch and Over Enoch project in East Renfrewshire and the construction-stage 35 MW Airies project in Dumfries and Galloway, to NTR Wind 1 Fund, a vehicle backed by Irish developer NTR, Legal & General Capital, Strathclyde Pension Fund and the Irish Strategic Investment Fund.
    • PKA, one of Denmark’s leading pension funds, on its acquisition of a 50% stake in the Teesside Renewable Energy Plant in the North East of England. The investment bank Macquarie Capital holds the remaining 50%, and the total investment in the plant is anticipated to be in the region of £900m.
    • STERIS Corporation on its £1.2bn recommended stock and cash offer for Synergy Health Plc by way of a scheme of arrangement under Part 26 Companies Act 2006 and as a merger under the Ohio General Corporation Law.
    • WL Ross & Co. LLC as a lead shareholder in the IPO of Virgin Money to the premium segment of the London Stock Exchange’s main market with a market capitalisation at listing of £1.25bn.
    • APC Technology Group Plc on its all-share merger with Green Compliance Plc by way of a scheme of arrangement under Part 26 Companies Act 2006 to create a combined AIM listed entity with a market capitalisation of approximately £25m.
    • The management team of Integra Group Plc on the all cash buy-out and de-listing of Integra Group from the main market of the London Stock Exchange by way of a merger under Cayman Islands Companies Law, which valued the company at approximately US$89.7m.
    • Premier Foods Plc on its Class 1 disposal of Marlow Foods Ltd to Exponent Private Equity for approximately £205m.
    • Global Infrastructure Partners on its acquisition of Gatwick Airport Ltd from BAA Airports Ltd for approximately £1.5bn.
    • Charter Plc on its tax migration to Ireland through the interposition of a new Jersey incorporated, LSE listed topco by way of a scheme of arrangement.
    • Indiabulls Real Estate Ltd on its acquisition of Dev Property Development Plc, a property investment fund listed on AIM, for approximately £138m.
    • Gallagher Group Plc on its acquisition by Japan Tobacco International by way of scheme of arrangement for approximately £7.5bn in cash.

Education Open

  • 2005: BPP Law School, Legal Practice Course
  • 2004: BPP Law School, Graduate Diploma in Law
  • 2003: Balliol College, Oxford University, BA Modern History

Employment Record Open

  • 2015 – present: Watson, Farley & Williams, Senior Associate
  • 2012 – 2015: Jones Day, Associate
  • 2005 – 2012: Slaughter and May, Trainee and Associate

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