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David is a corporate partner with a particular focus on private equity transactions.

David advises international and domestic private equity houses, financial sponsors, their portfolio companies and management teams on a wide range of matters, including leveraged buyouts, acquisitions and disposals, growth equity transactions, shareholder and management incentive arrangements, joint ventures, restructurings and refinancings.


David has a bachelor of laws (first class) from the University of Durham. He is qualified in England and Wales and joined Herbert Smith Freehills in 2020.

Experience & expertise

Selected matters


  • DWS on its exit from ground support equipment business TCR to 3i
  • Inflexion on its sale of Succession Wealth 
  • Blackstone on its investment in Currencies Direct
  • Aquiline Capital Partners on its investment in Wealth at Work 
  • Goldman Sachs Asset Management on its investment in Form3 and exit from Beqom
  • Ixcellerate on its fundraising by, among others, Mubadala
  • Thoma Bravo on its acquisition of insurance software firm Majesco
  • United Group on its acquisition of Tele2 Croatia
  • Thoma Bravo on the £3.1 billion recommended cash offer for Sophos, a global leader in next-generation cybersecurity solutions
  • BC Partners on its acquisition of a majority stake in United Group, a leading media and communication services provider across Southeast Europe, from KKR
  • Blackstone on its investment in social gaming developer Murka
  • Permira on its acquisition of Cisco’s Service Provider Video Software Solutions business
  • GIC on the disposal of its stake in an Irish telecoms operator Eir
  • Macquarie (MIRA Funds), Allianz Capital Partners and the Finnish State Pension Fund on their €3.6 billion acquisition of Finnish power distributor Elenia Networks
  • Permira on its acquisition of a stake in Swedish headquartered fintech company Klarna
  • Cinven, Permira and Mid Europa Partners on their acquisition of Allegro Group, Poland’s leading online market place, from Naspers for US$3.253 billion
  • USS on its acquisition of Moto