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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 2017 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 2017 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 Chambers has said: “Richard East receives wide acclaim from a range of sources for being an excellent litigator who fights your corner, is commercial and provides invaluable assistance.” He was founding partner of the firm's London office and offers clients a great deal of experience in bringing nuanced, sophisticated claims against banks and other financial institutions. “He stands out as highly intelligent and as having a very deep knowledge of the law,” reports another commentator: “His contributions to pleadings are always spot on and often extremely valuable.” (2017)

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 only firm to win this accolade 3 times). 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 2013, 2014 and 2015 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
  • Aon
  • Avenue
  • Barrick Gold
  • GSO
  • GoldenTree
  • Morgan Stanley
  • NZ Superfund
  • Oaktree
  • Pine River
  • Silverpoint
  • Unicredit
  • York Capital

  Notable Representations

  • Acting in successful High Court proceedings for Derek Quinlan in connection with a shareholders' dispute regarding the ownership and control of Coroin Limited, which indirectly owns the Berkeley, Claridges and Connaught Hotels.
  • Acting for Liquidators of an insolvent hedge fund against it prior Investment managers, pursuant to a substantial LCIA arbitration seated in London.
  • Acting for junior creditors in the European Directories restructuring.
  • Acting for the holders of bonds issued by sub-prime lender Cattles plc in litigation arising from Cattles’ financial difficulties.
  • Acting for Junior Lender group as litigation counsel in connection with the successful Kloeckner restructuring.
  • Acting for Viridian Group as litigation counsel in connection with its recent successful restructuring.
  • Acting Seat Pagine Gialle as litigation counsel in connection with the company's recent successful restructuring.
  • Advising a high net worth individual in commercial court proceedings brought by an Israeli bank.
  • Instructed to act for the Committee of Subordinated Noteholders in Hellas II, the holding company for the Greek based Wind Hellas telecommunications company, in English proceedings to put Hellas II into administration.
  • Acting for MBIA in connection with proceedings in both the United States and England.
  • Acting for European Investment Bank in connection with two major disputes with English Investment Bank.
  • Acting for Spanish retailer in connection with dispute against an Investment Bank arising out of the sale of a structured finance product.
  • Acting for various hedge funds in various restructuring matters.
  • Acting for global insurance company in connection with a professional negligence claim.
  • Acting on various ISDA Master based disputes for major financial institutions.


  • 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