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


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

Representative transactions include:

  • Joyson Safety Systems (f.k.a, Key Safety Systems) in its acquisition of the global assets of Takata Corporation;
  • Armstrong World Industries in the spin-off of its flooring business segment, Armstrong Flooring;
  • Highland Industries in connection with the sale of its defense and coating business to Tex-Tech Industries, an affiliate of Arlington Capital Partners;
  • Hanley Wood in connection with its acquisition by an affiliate of MidOcean Partners;
  • Amulet Capital Partners in the acquisition of SynteractHCR, a general contract research organization serving the pharmaceutical industry, and Cu-Tech, LLC, a specialty contract research organization focused on dermatological indications;
  • Peter Kiewit Sons’ Inc. and its affiliate, Walnut Creek Mining Company, in connection with the sale of Kiewit’s Calvert lignite mine to affiliates of The Blackstone Group and matters relating to its associated fuel supply arrangements with Optim Energy;
  • Select Personnel in the recapitalization and sale of Select;
  • 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 acquisition of 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.



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


  • Delaware

Richard H. West

Counsel, Mergers and Acquisitions