Richard Porter

Richard Porter


Richard advises on a wide range of cross-border corporate transactions, including private and public mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, equity issues and restructurings.
His clients include corporations, banks and private capital institutions, including private equity and sovereign wealth funds. Clients have commented on Richard’s “strong technical knowledge and good commercial business judgement” and observed that he “gets the deal done quickly and efficiently without the melodrama and theatrics some firms are under the misapprehension clients want.”


Representative matters

InterContinental Energy on its US$115 million Series B capital raise with GIC and Hy24.

General Electric on the US$3.25 billion sale of its Distributed Power business to Advent International.

Investcorp in connection with its US$500 million fund with Fung Capital in China’s Greater Bay Area.

Chipita S.A. on the sale of its business to Mondelēz International, Inc. for approximately US$2 billion.

Pro bono

Member of the firm’s Global Pro Bono Committee – 2023 to 2024

Published Work

  • Porter. Richard (and others) (2022) “Private Mergers and Acquisitions in the UK: Overview”, Practical Law

Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, “Designing Innovative Structures in PE/M&A Deals Amidst Increasing Regulatory Interventions”, American Bar Association International Law Section India Conference, March 2023
  • Moderator, “Capitalising on Changing Allocations”, Singapore Venture & Private Capital Association Conference, June 2022

Leadership Positions And Professional Affiliations

  • Former Head of the Singapore Office, the firm
The team is the most responsive I have ever worked with. Richard Porter and Kok Jin Ong excel in anticipating our needs and responding to our requests, no matter the time or day. I feel confident having this ... team in my corner
The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2024
Strong team from lead partner, counsel and to associates. Very clear in the process of obtaining instructions and turning that into solid legal work. The transparent approach to billing is a relief. Genuinely, just a pleasure working with this ... team.
The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2024


  • Recommended Lawyer for Corporate and M&A: Foreign Firms and Energy in Singapore and Indonesia: Foreign Firms, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2024
  • Nominated for Private Equity Lawyer of the Year, Asia Legal Awards, 2024
  • Featured in the Legal 500 Asia Pacific Green Guide, 2024 
  • Rising Star Partner for M&A in Singapore, IFLR1000, 2023
  • Recommended Lawyer for M&A: Upper Mid-Market and Premium deals, The Legal 500 UK, 2019
  • Recommended Lawyer for Private Equity: Transactions, The Legal 500 UK, 2019



England & Wales, 2010


Legal Practice Course (Distinction), Oxford Institute of Legal Practice, 2008
BA, Jurisprudence, St Peter's College - Oxford University, 2007


A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.