Richard H. West advises public companies, private companies, private equity funds and other clients on a broad range of corporate transactions, including acquisitions and dispositions, complex internal corporate restructuring transactions, the corporate aspects of financial restructuring transactions, and the structuring and formation of limited liability companies and other alternative entities.


Mr. West advises clients on issues of Delaware law and general corporate and commercial matters.

Representative transactions include:

  • Corporation Service Company in its cross-border acquisition of the digital brand services division of Melbourne IT Limited;
  • Validus Holdings, Ltd. in connection with its $623 million merger with Flagstone Reinsurance Holdings, S.A.;
  • Hanley Wood in the sale of its exhibitions business to Informa PLC;
  • Corporation Service Company in its acquisition of MLM Information Services from Warburg Pincus;
  • JLL Partners in its negotiated tender offer for all of the outstanding equity securities of PharmaNet Development Group and related co-investment transactions, as well as the sale of PharmaNet to a Thomas H. Lee Partners portfolio company;
  • Health Evolution Partners in a number of transactions, including the acquisition of American Optical Solutions and the formation of a home health care rollup platform;
  • Education Affiliates in multiple acquisitions and other transactions in the for-profit education industry; and
  • Eli Lilly & Co. in connection with multiple complex internal restructuring transactions.

During law school, Mr. West served on the William and Mary Law Review and as a teaching assistant.



  • J.D., William and Mary School of Law, 2000
  • B.A., Yale University, 1997


  • Delaware

Richard H. West

Counsel, Mergers and Acquisitions