Stephen Ravenscroft | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
Stephen Ravenscroft
Stephen Ravenscroft

Stephen Ravenscroft

Partner, London

T +44 20 7532 2118

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“First-rate lawyer.”

The Legal 500 2016


An experienced employment lawyer, Stephen advises on a wide range of strategic domestic and international HR matters.

His practice spans across all aspects of employment work, including multi-jurisdictional corporate transactions, insolvency and restructuring, investigations, recruitment and retention, dismissals and disputes.

His client list is varied and includes public and private corporations and financial institutions, including Saudi Aramco, Deutsche Bank, Digital Realty, Cinven, Anchorage Capital and Kaupthing.

He regularly speaks at conferences and seminars; and publishes articles on topical employment matters. Stephen has also a particular interest in sports law, being a former international rugby player.

Bars and Courts

  • Solicitor of England and Wales


  • Sports Law, King's College London, Postgraduate Certificate
  • LPC, College of Law, London
  • LLB, King's College London


  • English


Employment transactional work

Digital Realty, 2016

Advising Digital Realty on the employment aspects of the US$874 million acquisition of eight premium European data centres. The deal involved the acquisition by Digital Reality of five data centres in London, two in Amsterdam and one in Frankfurt from Equinix, and the sale by Digital Realty to Equinix of a data centre in Paris.

Innovia Group, 2016
Advising Innovia Group, the global leader in high-tech film products for industrial applications and banknotes (including the new £5 bank note in the UK), in the employment aspects of the sale of its Cellophane business and assets to Futamura Chemicals Co. Ltd.

Kaupthing, 2015
Advising Kaupthing on employment aspects of its restructuring, which was effective from December 23, 2015. The landmark transaction follows the failure of Kaupthing Bank hf., which first entered into Icelandic insolvency proceedings in 2008 with liabilities of more than US$45 billion and creditors in more than 100 countries. It is one of the largest ever bank insolvencies.

Merck KGaA, 2015
Advising Merck KGaA on the agreement by its Life Science business, Merck Millipore, to acquire the worldwide rights to an innovative protein detection technology.

Nostrum Oil & Gas, 2014
Advising Nostrum Oil & Gas plc on its successful admission to the premium listing segment of the Official List and to trading on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange.

Arle Capital, 2014
Advising the first new fund raised by Arle Capital since its spin out from Candover in 2009 on its acquisition of the Innovia Group for an enterprise value of €498 million.

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited, 2014
Advising the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited (ICBC), the world's largest bank by assets, on the multi-jurisdictional employment issues relating to its acquisition of a majority stake in Standard Bank plc (SB plc).

Employment litigation

Digital Realty, since 2014

Advising Digital Realty in relation to an employment dispute in the High Court of Singapore and the Singapore International Arbitration Centre.

Employment advisory work

Anchorage Capital Group, since 2016

Advising on various portfolio company employment and incentivisation matters.

Kaupthing, since 2014
Advising Kaupthing on a variety of employment matters concerning its fashion retail portfolio companies, including Karen Millen, Coast, Warehouse and Oasis.

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, since 2014
Advising the Bank's London branch on various HR and regulatory matters.


  • Developments in shared parental leave in the UK (07 October 2016)
  • Womenomics: Boosting global growth (09 September 2016)
  • Changes to the Taxation of Termination Payments (31 August 2016)
  • Proposals for Employee representation at board level in UK companies (19 August 2016)
  • How employers can stop departing employees taking client lists with them (16 June 2016)
  • Employers vicariously liable for data breaches caused by rogue employees (05 May 2016)
  • EAT ruling on results-based commission and holiday pay (25 February 2016)
  • European Court of Human Rights issues landmark ruling on employee monitoring (20 January 2016)