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Richard Diffenthal


Richard Diffenthal
English, French, Spanish
Practice Group

Richard has a wealth of experience across the full range of corporate practices, including equity capital markets, joint ventures and corporate advisory work, concentrating on mergers and acquisitions (both private and public, domestic and cross border) as well as corporate restructurings. Richard's practice is focused on clients in the Technology, Media and Telecoms ('TMT') and Financial Services sectors.

Richard has spent time on secondment to SOFTBANK CORP. in Tokyo where he was part of the team that advised on the establishment of Alibaba Japan, as well as a joint venture with China Mobile and Vodafone, as well as McKinsey & Company, Inc. in London. During and after the financial crisis, Richard worked on a number of cutting edge restructurings for a range of traditional lenders and non-bank lenders. More recently Richard has been combing his TMT and financial services experience to advise clients in London's rapidly growing Fintech scene and has been identified as an 'Associate to Watch' in the 2016 Edition of Chambers & Partners UK Guide.

'Richard Diffenthal is singled out by sources as 'outstanding.'

Chambers UK 2016

Representative experience

News Corp. on its acquisition of Unruly.

Monitise Plc on its joint venture with Santander to create a fintech incubator / accelerator.

ITV plc on its acquisition of TwoFour Group.

Monitise Plc on a private placing to strategic investors and its recent strategic review (including a formal sales process under the Takeover Code).

MAPFRE in connection with its acquisition of Direct Line's German and Italian businesses.

Suramericana on its pending acquisition of RSA Insurance Group plc's LATAM businesses.

21st Century Fox on its joint venture with Apollo to create a leading global multi-platform provider.

Ivanhoé Cambridge on the disposal of a pan-European hotel portfolio.

Education and admissions


  • B.A. (Jurisprudence), University of Oxford


"Associate to Watch"

Chambers & Partners


Mergermarket Young Dealmaker of the Year

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