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East, Richard

Richard East



Richard East was the founding partner and is now the co-managing partner of the London office of Quinn Emanuel. An experienced solicitor advocate with a heavyweight litigation, arbitration and restructuring practice spanning over two decades. Richard focuses on complex commercial litigation and arbitration, banking and restructuring disputes.

Ranked by Legal 500 in 2014 to 2019 as a Leading Individual in Banking Litigation.

Described by Legal 500 as “tremendously hard-working” (2012), “highly rated” and a “talented and creative adviser” (2013) and as a “creative and highly skilled litigator” (2014), and “very talented”​ (2015).

Ranked by Chambers in 2014 to 2019 in Band 2 for Banking Litigation.

Described by Chambers as “widely admired”, “very driven” and “a pure litigator” (2015) and as having a “commercial mindset” and being “very good on the substance of the law” (2014). Most recently he is described by sources as a “very determined and thoughtful litigator and a good negotiator.”(2019)

Most recently Chambers has said: “Richard East is co-managing partner of the firm's London office and is highly regarded in bringing heavyweight claims against banks. He has many years' experience that also encompasses complex commercial litigation and restructuring disputes. He is reputed by sources as a “very determined and thoughtful litigator and a good negotiator” who is “very commercial and strategic in his thinking.”(2019)

Under Richard’s guidance, Quinn Emanuel’s London office has risen swiftly through the Legal 500 and Chambers banking and commercial litigation rankings with the firm described in Legal 500 2013 as “fantastic for high-value, difficult litigation”.

Chambers 2015, notes that Quinn Emanuel has “... broken the mould – they are the first anti-bank litigation boutique and have had spectacular success.”

Legal Business named Quinn Emanuel US Law Firm of the Year in 2012, 2014 and 2016 The Lawyer named Quinn Emanuel International Firm of the year in 2011.

Richard has been selected for inclusion in The International Who's Who of Commercial Litigators in 2018 as a “Leading Commercial Litigator.”Richard also featured in The Lawyer's Hot 100 2012, a prestigious recognition for individual lawyers in England.

Richard is the Money Laundering Reporting Officer for Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan London LLP. Responsible for handling any such request in order to comply with the Money Laundering Regulations, 2007.

  Representative Clients


  • Anchorage

  • AngloGold Ashanti

  • Acacia plc

  • Aon

  • Centerbridge GSO

  • GoldenTree

  • Morgan Stanley

  • NZ Superfund

  • Oaktree

  • Pine River

  • Silverpoint

  • PCP Capital


  • College of Law, London, England
    (1995) (Commendation)

  • London School of Economics
    (L.L.B., First Class, 1993)


Higher Court (Civil Proceedings), 2003; Law Society of England and Wales, 1997

  Prior Associations

  • Kirkland & Ellis:
    • Partner, 2004-2008
    • Senior Associate, 2002-2004

  • Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, London, UK:
    • Senior Associate, 1998-2002

  • Baker & McKenzie, London, UK:
    • Trainee and Junior Associate, 1995-1998