David Wilkinson, Partner, Corporate
I am a corporate and M&A lawyer with over 25 years' experience advising international and domestic clients on a wide range of transactions include M&A, joint ventures and corporate restructurings across a variety of sectors.
I specialise in helping clients get a deal done, particularly where it is necessary to create bespoke tax optimised structures with complex financial or pricing elements to the deal. I am as happy dealing with spreadsheets which underpin a deal as I am with the legal documents.
I am known for providing "excellent advice and top-level service" (Legal 500) and ranked for corporate/M&A work by Chambers & Partners. One client on a £45m disposal when describing me said "Professional in all respects and always thoroughly commercial in his approach and advice as regards strategy, tactics and the law itself to achieve a timely and successful completion".
The transactions I advise on are wide ranging in scope and complexity. Recently I advised a major international brand on a £120m multi-jurisdictional acquisition and associated corporate joint venture with a pre-determined exit structure and separately another client on a £200m disposal to a private equity backed management team. However, I am equally happy advising on all sizes of transaction and have also recently advised on a £20m debt and equity rescue fund raising for a retailer, a £2.5m VCT fund raising for an early stage technology company and the £1m disposal of a mutual business with 1200 members. What all of the transactions have in common is that I was able to shape and drive through the transaction due to my hands on and commercially focused approach.
I often speak at conferences and seminars on corporate finance matters and am the author of the legal documents section within Mergers & Acquisitions: A Practical Guide for Private Companies and Their UK and Overseas Advisors published by Kogan and Page.
In my spare time you will find me either on the ski slopes, sailing, helping with the youth teams at Wimbledon Rugby Club or with my family.