Patrick A. De Ridder Partner

Patrick De Ridder serves as a trusted business advisor to public and private companies with global operations looking to acquire and divest businesses domestically and internationally. He concentrates his practice in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, cross-border transactions, joint ventures and domestic and international supply chain management. Patrick also regularly counsels clients on general corporate and business law matters, helping them realize their strategic business objectives and goals.

Patrick’s recent transactions have involved businesses with operations in the United States, South America, Europe and Asia, and have involved diverse industries, with a predominance in manufacturing, life sciences, and food and beverage.

Patrick also currently serves as one of the London Governing Partners. Previously, he was Chair of the Mergers & Acquisitions and Cross-Border Transactions department, and also served as Chair of the Associates Committee and as a member of the Advisory Committee.

Earlier in his career, Patrick acted as legal counsel to the secretary of state of the Brussels Region (Belgium), after which he practiced at a Belgian law firm. He also served as an assistant professor in European Community Law and Public International Law at the University of Leuven School of Law in Leuven, Belgium.


Representation of a  full-service freight transportation provider in its acquisition of the transportation business of a New England-based trucking company.

Representation of a leading manufacturer of pressure treated products in its acquisition of the wood treatment businesses of two Maryland-based manufacturers and suppliers of treated wood products.

Representation of one of the largest full-service providers of total home transition solutions in connection with a $32 million financing round led by a family office with participation from an institutional investor.

Representation of a home building service in its acquisition of lumber treatment operation from a lumber pressure-treating service.

Representation of an owner and operator of automotive dealerships in its acquisition of two General Motor dealerships.

Representation of a professional architectural, engineering, and interior design solutions company in its merger with a Charleston-based architecture firm.

Representation of the world’s leading producer of films for pharmaceutical, medical device, food, electronics and general purpose thermoform packaging, as well and printing and specialty applications, including for the credit card industry, in the sale of its fleet to a privately held transportation company providing dedicated fleet management, logistics management, warehousing and more.

Representation of the world’s leading producer of films for pharmaceutical, medical device, food, electronics and general purpose thermoform packaging, as well as printing and specialty applications, including for the credit card industry, in connection with its expansion by means of acquisitions throughout the United States, Canada, Argentina and Brazil.

Representation of a manufacturer of pre-finished profile molding products for home improvement and commercial construction markets in its sale to a private equity firm focused on investments in the lower middle market.

Representation of Weidmüller Group, a Germany-based connectivity and automation manufacturer, in its acquisition of W Interconnections, a manufacturer of electronic equipment, from Rockwell Automation, a provider of industrial automation and information products.

Representation of Strategic Value Partners, a global alternative investment company with $6.9 billion in assets under management, in its sale of Aromair Fine Fragrance to Knowlton Development Corporation, a premier contract manufacturer and custom formulator for the personal care industry.

Representation of a premier real estate investment and hospitality management company in its $25 million acquisition of a UK-based company that provides software services to international hotel groups.

Representation of a Hong Kong-based fully integrated supply chain company in its joint venture with a leading commercial plumbing brand in North America to cover China, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand.

Representation of a Dallas-based middle market private investment firm, in its UK acquisition of a food and beverage company.

Representation of a leading international seafood company based in Iceland in its auction process and sale of its U.S. operations and related procurement and manufacturing businesses to a Canadian seafood company.

Representation of a publicly held manufacturing and processing company with its procurement, processing, warehousing and supply agreements in the Americas, Africa and Asia.

Representation of a designer, engineer, manufacturer, commissioner, and services industrial processor of water treatment systems in its acquisition of a provider of water treatment equipment for dialysis, healthcare, laboratory and industrial applications.

Representation of a German pharmaceutical and medical device company with its worldwide licensing, supply, contract manufacturing, quality control and distribution agreements.

Representation of a Virginia-based publicly held community bank in connection with its expansion by means of the acquisition of a mortgage company and of another publicly held community bank in the region.

Representation of a publicly held manufacturing and processing company in connection with the divestitures of its non-core businesses in California and China, as well as its expansion by means of a joint venture with a processing company in the Philippines.

  • Virginia
  • Registered Foreign Lawyer, England and Wales

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Corporate Law, Woodward/White, Inc., 2022, 2023

Listed as a “Recommended Lawyer,” Corporate and Commercial M&A: Smaller Deals Up to £50m, The Legal 500 UK, 2016, 2022

  • Speaker, "Rethinking “Standard” Provisions and “Boilerplate” in Contracts: Identify Key Drafting Issues and Avoid Litigation," 2016 ACC Mid-Year Meeting, April 2016
  • Moderator and Speaker, "Cross-Border M&A Transactions and Overseas Contracting Issues," 6th Annual Medical Device and Life Sciences Conference, November 2014
  • Presenter, "Dealing with Experts Post Acquisition: Will your Earn-Out Earn you a Trip to Court?," ACC Annual Meeting, October 2013
  • Presenter, "Drafting Considerations for International Contracts: Using Choice of Law and Other Contract Terms to Maximize Profit and Minimize Risk," ACC Annual Meeting, October 2012
  • Presenter, "Overview of M&A Issues for Non-M&A Lawyers," ACC Real Estate Committee, July 19, 2012
  • Speaker, "Structuring Successful MedTech Partnerships," 3rd Annual Medical Device, Durable Medical Equipment & Diagnostics Conference, November 2, 2011
  • Presenter, "Considerations for Outsourced Models of Product Development, Manufacturing, Distribution and Sales," Partnering Strategies for Life Sciences Firms, Webinar co-hosted by McGuireWoods, and TVG, September 23, 2009
  • University of Virginia School of Law, LLM, 1992
  • University of Leuven School of Law, JD, magna cum laude, 1988

Member, Treasurer and Chair Finance Committee, Visual Arts Center of Richmond

Executive Committee Member and Secretary, Chesterfield Public Education Foundation

  • French
  • Dutch
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