Stuart Mathews - McDermott Will & Emery


Stuart Mathews advises on cross-border acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures, lending and security, commercial dispute resolution and commercial contracts.

Stuart counsels UK-, European-, African- and American-based clients on transactions in the United Kingdom, Europe, Eastern Europe, Africa and other developing markets. He represents entrepreneurs, high-net-worth families, private capital, emerging companies, large corporates (public and private) and state-owned entities in sectors such as mining, energy, agribusiness, manufacturing, technology and fiduciary services.


  • Advised a state-owned oil and gas company on its $575 million acquisition of Ghanaian oil and gas rights, and separately, on its $166 million acquisition of South African oil and gas rights
  • Advised a listed mining company with operations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in relation to its offtake arrangements including various amendments thereto as conditions in the DRC changed
  • Advised a privately owned global advisory, administration and family office firm on the sale of its private client and corporate services business, and separately on the sale of its fund administration and third party manco business

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  • The Legal 500 UK, Recommended Lawyer in Corporate and Commercial: M&A £50m-£500m, 2017-2023
  • IFLR 1000 Financial and Corporate, 2016 to 2022: “Highly Regarded”
  • The Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom,  M&A Law, 2023
  • IFLR 1000 M&A, Mining, Energy 2020: “Leading Lawyer – Highly Regarded”
  • IFLR 1000 Energy and Infrastructure, 2014 to 2016: “Leading Lawyer”


University of Cambridge, LLM, 1992
University of Cape Town, LLB, 1988
Stellenbosch University, BA, with Honours, 1986
Stellenbosch University, BA, cum laude, 1985

English Solicitor
South African Attorney (Non-Practising)

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