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, emerging companies, large corporates (public and private) and state-owned entities in sectors such as mining, energy, agribusiness, manufacturing, technology and life sciences.


  • Advised a state-owned oil and gas company on its US$575 million acquisition of Ghanaian oil and gas rights, and separately, on its US$166 million acquisition of South African oil and gas rights
  • Advised a family enterprise in relation to a joint venture in Mauritius to own and exploit intellectual property in relation to an efficient platinum group metals extraction process
  • Advised a European drug development company in relation to a number of joint venture arrangements for the development of novel cancer immunotherapies

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  • The Legal 500 UK, Recommended Lawyer in Corporate and Commercial: M&A lower mid-market, 2017-2023
  • IFLR 1000 Financial and Corporate, 2016 to 2022: “Highly Regarded” in Banking, M&A, Project development, Project finance
  • IFLR 1000 M&A, Mining, Energy 2020: “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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