Richard Hall is a partner in Cravath’s corporate department, and is head of the firm’s mergers and acquisitions practice for EMEA. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance advice and matters relating to activist defence. Mr Hall’s clients have included AngloGold Ashanti, Archer-Daniels-Midland, Banco Santander, Barrick Gold Corporation, The Linde Group, Shell, Time Warner, Weyerhaeuser and Williams Companies. He has been repeatedly cited as one of the country’s leading practitioners in mergers and acquisitions by Chambers USA, Chambers Global, The Legal 500 United States, The Legal 500 Latin America, IFLR1000, The Best Lawyers in America, Lawdragon’s 500 Leading Lawyers in America, Who’s Who Legal of Mergers & Acquisitions Lawyers and Latin Lawyer 250. Mr Hall has been named by Who’s Who Legal of Business Lawyers as one of the 10 ‘Most Highly Regarded Individuals’ in mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance law. Mr Hall received a BComm with honours in 1984, an LLB with honours in 1986 from the University of Melbourne, and an LLM from Harvard University in 1988. He joined Cravath in 1988 and became a partner in 1996.