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David Ryan

Global Co-Head of Infrastructure

David is a partner in the Corporate Group specialising in energy, resources and infrastructure transactions and regulation.



He has experience in mergers and acquisitions and project development for clients in the energy, infrastructure and resources industries, and for Governments and the private sector on infrastructure asset privatisation programmes.

David has acted on many of the major trade sales and privatisations in the Australian infrastructure industries, on the reform and privatisation of the NSW electricity and ports sectors and for both major and junior mining companies on project and joint venture establishment, infrastructure access and commodity offtake arrangements.

He is listed as a leading lawyer in energy and resources, oil & gas and M&A by various publications, including ChambersPLC Whichlawyer?Guide to the World’s Leading Energy LawyersDoyle’s Guide and Best Lawyers.

David's experience includes:

  • IFM and AustralianSuper on their unsolicited proposal and $16.2 billion acquisition of the Ausgrid electricity network business

  • The Hastings, Spark, ADIA, Wren House and CdPQ consortium on their $10.6 billion acquisition of the Transgrid electricity network business

  • IFM on its sale of the Pacific Hydro renewable energy business in Australia, Chile and Brazil

  • Bidders for the Ports of Newcastle, Darwin and Melbourne

  • Origin Energy on its asset sales programme, including the sale of the Mortlake terminal station, Mortlake pipeline, Cullerin Range wind farm and Stockyard Hill wind farm development

  • Numerous purchasers, sellers and developers of wind and solar renewable energy projects in Australia and Asia

  • Mitsubishi Electric on its successful consortium bid for development of the $2.3 billion New Intercity Fleet rail rollingstock programme

  • NSW Treasury on the reform and privatisation of the NSW electricity retail and generation sectors

  • Queensland Treasury on its privatisation programme for the State electricity generators



David holds a LLB (Hons) and BComm from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. He is a member of the Australian Resources & Energy Law Association (AMPLA).

Prior to joining Herbert Smith Freehills David was the global head of mining for another large international law firm.

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