Richard Webster-Smith
Managing Director
Active in London
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Biography

Richard joined Finsbury in 2013 and leads the London office’s Capital Markets team.   He has widespread experience advising UK and international companies in a range of areas including financial communications strategy, capital markets transactions, crisis communications and reputation management. He has expertise across a range of sectors including financial services, aerospace and defence, TMT and industrials.   Richard’s current and existing clients include RELX Group, BAE Systems, Zurich Insurance, Lloyds Banking Group, Old Mutual and SWIFT and he has worked on several cross border M&A transactions as well as IPOs on the London Stock Exchange.   He has held senior communications roles at two FTSE 100 companies – BAE Systems and London Stock Exchange Group, where he worked on the successful defence against four hostile takeover bids. He also spent six years managing the London Stock Exchange’s international listings activities in North America, Africa, India and the Middle East.   Richard has an honours degree in Economics from the University of Durham.
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