Richard Ho

Bio

Richard Ho focuses on international capital markets and corporate matters. Mr. Ho has been nominated as a standout lawyer in the independent global survey of senior in-house counsel by Acritas and has been described as “very responsive and thorough” by clients. He has worked in Asia and also served as a commissioned officer in the Singapore Army, where he led humanitarian relief operations and conducted investigations, courts-martial and summary trials. His experience includes advising:

  • Phoenix Group in its £935 million Class 1 acquisition of Abbey Life from Deutsche Bank and £735 million premium listed rights issue;
  • the underwriters in the State of Qatar’s US$9 billion & US$5 billion Rule 144A/Reg S bond issues;
  • the underwriters in HSBC’s senior and contingent convertible note offerings in excess of US$15billion;
  • Ctrip in its £1.4 billion acquisition of Skyscanner;
  • Nokia in the US$7.2 billion sale of its devices and services business, and the issue of €1.5 billion convertible bonds to Microsoft;
  • Westfield in its £800 million and US$500 million offerings of guaranteed senior notes;
  • The Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation on its US$1.3 billion pre-export financing; and The Arab Republic of Egypt on the establishment of its US$12 billion debt programme;
  • Gazprom in the listing of 4 billion global depositary shares on the Singapore Exchange;
  • Banco BTG Pactual in its US$5 billion medium-term note programme, US$1 billion Rule 144A/Reg S bond issue, CNY1 billion bond issue and US$1.3 billion Rule 144A/Reg S notes offering to fund the US$1.7 billion acquisition of BSI;
  • Ares Life Sciences in the U.K. court-approved €1 billion cross-border merger of Stallergenes and Greer Laboratories to create a global biopharmaceutical company registered in the U.K. and listed in Paris;
  • Old Mutual, as selling shareholder, in OM Asset Management’s US$308 million IPO on the New York Stock Exchange and subsequent US$880 million secondary offerings;
  • the financial advisors to the management buy-in team in the £1.4 billion acquisition of The Automobile Association via an accelerated IPO on the London Stock Exchange;
  • Hochschild Mining’s £65 million premium listed rights issue on the London Stock Exchange;
  • the ultimate shareholder of Russian Standard Bank in a U.K. court-sanctioned scheme of arrangement to restructure US$550 million of Eurobonds to address capital adequacy issues;
  • CF Industries in its proposed US$8 billion acquisition of OCI’s distribution businesses;
  • Russell Investments in its US$2.7 billion acquisition by the London Stock Exchange Group;
  • Endo International on its US$1.2 billion and US$1.635 billion high-yield bond issuances in connection with its acquisitions of Auxilium Pharmaceuticals and Par Pharmaceutical;
  • Ecolab in its US$2 billion STEP-labelled Euro Commercial Paper Programme;
  • SIBUR in its debut US$1 billion Rule 144A/Reg S bond issue;
  • Eurasia Drilling Company in its debut US$600 million Rule 144A/Reg S bond issue;
  • CEMEX in issuances of senior secured notes, in the aggregate principal amount in excess of US$15 billion;
  • Ashtead Group in issuances of US$1.4 billion Rule 144A/Reg S senior secured notes;
  • PIK Group in its US$255 million tender offer for and cancellation of its GDRs listed in London; and
  • BNY Mellon, as trustee; and JP Morgan and Deutsche Bank as solicitation agents, in the initial issue and a consent solicitation to revise the financial covenants of EVRAZ’s US$700 million bonds.

Credentials

Education

  • Legal Practice Course, The College of Law, 2009
  • LL.B. (Hons), University of Warwick, 2008

Admissions

  • Solicitor, England and Wales

Languages

  • English
  • Mandarin

Richard Ho