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David Paterson


David advises a range of FTSE/listed companies, multinational corporations and other large enterprises on governance, regulatory matters and transactions.



He headed the London Corporate practice 2010-2012 and has led teams on major deals for over 20 years. He led the firm's talent management programme and served as chairman on the partnership promotion committee.

David has advised:

  • Tata Motors on the US$2.3 billion acquisition of Jaguar Land Rover plc from Ford Motor Company
  • easyJet on a range of transactions, regulatory matters and governance
  • TUI Travel plc, the leading UK travel group, on its creation and ultimate merger with TUI AG
  • Hammerson on a broad spread of acquisition, joint ventures and financings



David joined Herbert Smith in 1986 and became a partner in 1994. He was previously chairman of the firm's partnership promotion committee and led its talent management programme.

David also contributes to Butterworths Takeovers: Law and Practic

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