Rupert Copeman-Hill
Charles Russell Speechlys LLP
M&A Corporate
Partner, Head of Business Services Middle East
Charles Russell Speechlys LLP Bahrain World Trade Center Floor 24 East Tower PO Box 31249 Manama
+973 1713 3211
Main Practice Area

M&A Corporate

  • St George’s College, Surrey, O Levels and A Levels   
  • Bristol University, BA (Honours) Modern Languages    
  • De Montfort University, Common Professional Examination in Law (Commendation)
  • De Montfort University, Legal Practice Course (Commendation) 

Rupert is a senior corporate lawyer with more than 20 years international experience advising on private and public M&A transactions, private equity fund-raising and investments, joint ventures, equity capital markets transactions and commercial and corporate governance matters in the Middle East, Australia and the United Kingdom.

Rupert is very experienced in acting for listed and unlisted multi-national corporations, financial institutions, Fortune 500 companies, family offices and high net worth individuals. He is acknowledged for his timely, commercial and proactive advice. Rupert recently obtained the Islamic Finance Qualification from the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment.

Rupert’s recent transactional experience includes acting for Bahrain Middle East Bank B.S.C. on its takeover which completed in March 2017. This was the first takeover of a bank in Bahrain since 2014 and was complex from a regulatory perspective because it did not readily fit into either the mandatory or voluntary takeover categories under Volume 6 of the Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB) Rulebook. The transaction required a close analysis of the Rulebook and subsequent detailed discussion with the CBB to determine on what basis to treat the transaction under the CBB regulatory regime.

Rupert’s expertise includes:

  • drafting, negotiating and completing complex asset and share purchase agreements, joint venture and shareholders’ agreements, drafting and negotiating executive contracts and advising on all other aspects of the sale or purchase of a business or company
  • advising on private equity investments and fund formation – Rupert has advised on a number of direct investments, co-investments and fund formations and investments in the private equity space in the Middle East, Europe, the UK, Australia and the US
  • advising on IPOs, takeovers, rights issues, private placements and other capital raisings including advising due diligence committees, drafting, reviewing and amending information memoranda, private placement memoranda and prospectuses and advising on regulated stock exchange listing rules
  • leading due diligence teams and preparing legal due diligence reports
  • advising on and drafting a wide range of complex commercial contracts
  • advising companies and company directors on company law duties and corporate governance issues
Practice Areas
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Real Estate & Construction

Charles Russell Speechlys is an international law firm headquartered in London with offices in the UK, Europe, the Middle East and South East Asia.

We are one of the oldest and most respected law firms in the UK with over 170 partners and 500 lawyers operating from 11 international business centres around the world.

We provide corporate and commercial, regulatory, advisory and litigation and dispute resolution services to governments, sovereign wealth funds, major corporates and privately owned businesses.

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