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Richard Barton joins Finsbury as a Partner in Hong Kong


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Richard Barton joins Finsbury as a Partner in Hong Kong to further strengthen Finsbury’s M&A, restructuring, IPO, private equity & issues management offering across Asia.

Hong Kong May 11th, 2020 – Finsbury, a global leader in strategic communications and trusted adviser to many of the world’s most successful companies, announced today that Richard Barton has joined the firm as a Partner in its Hong Kong office.

Richard is a leading financial and corporate communications advisor with 20 years of experience in Asia. He has advised senior executives at global multi-nationals and fast-growing Asian companies on a range of issues including hostile and friendly M&A, debt restructuring and insolvency, IPOs, corporate and reputation management, crisis, litigation, public affairs and stakeholder outreach.

“We are delighted that Richard is joining Finsbury to help further drive our rapidly growing business in Asia, which already has an outstanding team in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo and Singapore,” said Finsbury Chairman and Founder Roland Rudd. “Richard has an exceptionally broad range of experience both across Asia as well as London, which will be invaluable to our clients as they look to meet the challenges of doing business post-COVID-19.”

Richard Barton, Partner, Finsbury Hong Kong, said: “Finsbury is a terrific firm with talented people and exciting ambitions in Asia. I look forward to developing our business across Greater China and Southeast Asia, advising companies and leaders on the issues and opportunities they face.”

Barton’s move to Finsbury is the company’s third senior hire in Asia in recent months and follows the appointment of Paul Yang as Partner and Greater China lead in Hong Kong and Japan veteran Deborah Hayden as Managing Director in Tokyo.

Ben Richardson, Head of Asia, Finsbury added, “Richard joins Finsbury at an exciting time in our expansion. There is no doubt that his equity and debt capital markets expertise, having advised on deals totalling more than US$300 billion, coupled with his extensive issues management experience, will be an invaluable asset to our clients in Asia and beyond.”

Barton joins Finsbury after more than seven years at Newgate Communications, which he founded and led in Hong Kong. He previously ran Gavin Anderson & Company in Asia ex-Japan and started his career in investment banking in London. Richard has a BA (Hons) in Politics & Economics from Durham University, UK.

About Finsbury

Finsbury is a global leader in strategic communications and a trusted adviser to many of the world’s most successful companies. The company has managed some of the most complex, high-profile communications challenges and crises of the last three decades, including some of the largest international M&A transactions, IPOs and other capital raisings, proxy fights, corporate restructurings, and public affairs policy campaigns, as well as major litigation and government investigations. With offices in the U.S., Europe, the Middle East and Asia, Finsbury provides expert counsel and support to clients around the world on interactions with the media, financial markets, employees, customers, governments, and other vital stakeholders.

For enquiries

Ben Richardson

Partner, Head of Asia

  1. +852 3166 9878