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  • “Richard combines a first-rate legal mind with a willingness to explore new approaches to problems.”
    Brian Kinane, Managing Partner, Riverfort Capital

  • “His thorough knowledge of the Listing and Prospectus Rules has saved us time and money on a number of occasions – he really knows his stuff.”
    Mark Gustafson, CEO Challenger Acquisitions

  • Putting deals together seems to come naturally to Richard, and he also knows how to execute them as well”.
    David Winduss, CFO, UK Energy Resources Limited

  • “Thoroughly pragmatic, Richard always has his eye on the endgame and what we, as clients, want to achieve commercially.”
    Toby Raincock, CFO, Shard Capital LLP

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Richard Beresford


Astute, well-connected and commercially-minded corporate lawyer specialising in M&A and public company work. Over 25 years’ experience at major UK and US firms.

What we say about Richard

Richard is one of the founders of McCarthy Denning and its current chairman.

His practice has always been diverse, covering mergers and acquisitions, banking finance, restructuring, equity capital markets (primarily, but not exclusively, AIM and the Official List) and early stage ventures and private equity. Throughout his career of over 25 years in the City, Richard has shown a willingness to get involved in the business side of things, whether it’s helping build a business case for start-ups, introducing investors, finding targets for acquisitions, bringing together management teams or structuring public company transactions. That interest helps Richard marry a keen understanding of the “technical” aspects of the law with a clear understanding of clients’ aims. Recently he has been at the forefront of the growth of the use of Standard Listings and has won acceptance from the UKLA for a number of novel deal structures.

With extensive international and cross-border experience, Richard has worked across a number of sectors including aviation, financial services, green and clean, mining, oil and gas (upstream and downstream) and construction materials.

Richard epitomises the McCarthy Denning philosophy of combining excellent legal skills with a commercial understanding and pro-active approach to client’s business goals.

What others say about Richard

The 2013 edition of the Legal 500 recommended Richard in both M&A and small and mid-cap flotations categories, saying he is “easy to deal with and can focus on key areas quickly” as well as bringing an international dimension.

Other credits include:

  • selected for inclusion in The Legal 500, Flotations: small and mid-cap, 2012;
  • named a “Legal Expert,” Corporate and M&A, Legal Experts EMEA, 2010-2012;
  • described as “Attracting High Praise from Clients,” Corporate and M&A: Smaller Deals up to £50m, The Legal 500, 2011;
  • praised as “Commercially Astute and Has Excellent Negotiating Skills,” Corporate and M&A: Smaller Deals up to £50m, The Legal 500, 2010; and
  • listed as Corporate and M&A: Smaller Deals up to £50m, The Legal 500, 2009.


After gaining first class honours in his Law Society Finals in 1991, Richard qualified into the corporate department at leading mid-sized City firm Gouldens (now Jones Day). Subsequently he became a partner in the major US firm McDermott Will & Emery and more latterly in the London office of 1,000-lawyer US firm, McGuireWoods.

Career highlights include advising BAE Systems on its ground-breaking joint ventures with Xchanging, and the resolution committee and winding-up board of Glitnir Bank on issues arising out of the 2008 financial crisis.

Richard has advised on a large number of listings, fundraisings and reverse takeovers on AIM and the Official List, acting for both investment banks and issuers.

Recent work includes the listing of Falcon Acquisitions Limited and listing and re-listing Challenger Acquisitions Limited on the standard segment of the Official List.