Richard founded Newgate Communications in Greater China in 2012. He has been based in Asia since 2000, after ten years in London in investment banking and financial communications.
Richard has advised literally dozens of companies, large and small, MNC and local, on their corporate communications and brand positioning in Asia. His clients span a wide range of sectors including asset management, banking, education, electronics and financial technology, hedge funds, insurance, the law, management consulting, natural resources, private equity, retail and sovereign institutions.
Richard has extensive experience in contested corporate situations, crises, litigation, domestic and cross-border M&A transactions, proxy battles, restructurings and IPOs. He has advised on transactions collectively worth in excess of US$200 billion.
His recent experience includes several high profile activist hedge fund engagements, numerous M&A deals for private equity firms, and several major strategic M&A deals for both Western and Asia-based companies. He has also advised on some of Asia’s highest profile IPOs as well as on major debt restructurings in China and South East Asia.
Grace is a founding partner of Newgate in Hong Kong and Head of China. She specialises in corporate reputation management, financial transaction communications and crisis management for clients across the full industrial spectrum.
Over the past decade, Grace has successfully led various campaigns in the region, ranging from corporate brand promotion and internal communications, to crisis communications and financial transactions. She has been involved in multiple M&A transactions, IPOs and private equity deals. Grace holds a Master of Science degree from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and completed her EMBA at Chicago Booth Business School. She speaks fluent Mandarin, English and Cantonese.