David Kent, Partner (Head of Inward Investment)

David Kent, Partner (Head of Inward Investment), Fieldfisher

I am a corporate partner and I work every day with Fieldfisher's top ranked corporate, venture capital, capital markets and technology and EU Data protection/privacy practices.

I lead a team of cross-disciplinary internationally-focused lawyers in advising emerging growth and listed companies from the US, Canada, Europe, Australasia, China, Taiwan and Japan on mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures; strategic alliances, technology transfers, distribution and licensing agreements; EU Data Protection and privacy; and the establishment and operation of business in the UK and Europe through subsidiaries and Headquarter companies.

My clients come from various sectors: capital markets, manufacturing, services, media, publishing, and technology, involving the cloud, software, hardware, telecoms and life sciences.  Many of these are regarded as the leading companies  in their sectors.  We also act as and when required as general counsel for Europe.  Through Fieldfisher's French, Belgian and German offices and its affiliate law firms, we provide a pan European and global service to our clients.

I have given over 200 lectures in the United States and written a number of articles, pamphlets and guides on the European Union and inward investment into the UK.  I am the principal author of a number of books and articles on UK company formation, employment law and on inward investment into the UK.  I recently wrote 'London for European Headquarters' published by London and Partners and various blogs on The Diverted Profits Tax.

Over the years I have been and continue to be listed in Legal Experts, and Chambers in my fields of corporate, M&A, IT, biotechnology and immigration, in Who's Who for Legal and Business Lawyers as and as one of The Ones to Watch for Life Sciences Lawyers.

Educated at Epsom College and Kingston University and formerly Head of Inward Investment for many years at Taylor Wessing, I am a keen family man and an international sportsman.  I am the senior and most experienced corporate lawyer advising on inward investment.  I spend the majority of my time in the UK, but also visit my clients in the US and around the world regularly.

Representative sell side deals include; sale of Enterproid to Google Inc, sale of ATM Artists to a JV with Azoff Entretainment MSG Inc, VFA Inc to Accruent Inc and of Absorba Games LLC to a consortium.

Representative buy side deals include Handybook Inc acquisition of WeareMopp, Movable Inc of Mailrox, Wavetable LLC of Powerreviews, and Recruit Holdings Co., Ltd. of Hotspring Ventures (dba Wahanda).


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