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David Avery-Gee

Partner, London

“I advise on some of the market’s largest, most complex and significant M&A transactions and IPOs. I am absolutely committed to providing clients with engaged, commercially minded and pragmatic legal advice.”

Overview

Professional experience

Education and qualifications

Overview

David is a corporate partner who advises on many of the firm’s headline deals for its most high-profile clients. By acting for clients on the market’s most significant transactions, David has acquired considerable expertise that stands him apart from his peers.

David is actively involved in running the firm’s market leading mining practice and manages several of the firm’s relationships with a number of major Japanese clients. David is also head of the firm’s Israel practice.

David is also currently heading a group of partners advising the firm’s clients on the consequences of the UK’s referendum decision to leave the European Union.

In 2005 - 2006, David was seconded to the mergers and acquisition team of the investment banking division of Morgan Stanley, involving him at the heart of its’ dealmaking, and giving him invaluable commercial and technical experience.

Work highlights

David has advised on transactions with a combined value of more than US$300bn. Those he has advised include:

M&A

  • Glencore on a series of high-profile transactions, including the merger with Xstrata, the disposal of Las Bambas and, most recently, on the offer for Volcan, the sale of its European manganese assets, the acquisition of Contonga and the disposal by Glencore of 50% of the Glencore agribusiness to the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) and the British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (BCIMC), together with the creation of a joint venture between the companies which values the business at about US$10bn
  • Glencore on M&A transactions in a number of jurisdictions, including Chile, Congo, Dominican Republic, the DRC, Equatorial Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kazakhstan, Liberia, Peru, Russia and Spain
  • EVRAZ plc on a number of recent corporate transactions
  • ESCO, the US mining services company,on its acquisition by Weir Group plc
  • Alinda, the U.S. fund management company, on its acquisition of EmiTel, the Polish telecoms infrastructure company, and takeover of Energy Assets Group plc, a UK metering business 
  • Nissin on its acquisition of a 20% stake in Premier Foods plc and ongoing corporate law advice
  • Goldman Sachs, Och-Ziff, Taconic and Attestor on the acquisition of a 30% stake in Arion Bank
  • Lloyds Banking Group on its acquisition of HBOS and on its subsequent equity raisings, including the highly innovative compensatory open offer

IPOs

  • David has advised on many of the market’s most significant IPOs, including the listing of Glencore on the London and Hong Kong Stock Exchanges and EVRAZ, both companies becoming members of the FTSE 100. David also advised on the IPOs of Arcelor Mittal’s stainless steel business (on the Luxembourg, Paris and Amsterdam Stock Exchanges), as well as the London listings of SSP, Saga, Betfair, Eurocastle, Mapeley, HarbourVest, Phoenix IT and CSR  

Professional experience

David is a trustee of the Alex Roberts-Miller Foundation, established in 2002 in memory of Alex Roberts-Miller, who was killed by a hit-and-run driver. The charity provides educational, sporting and social opportunities for disadvantaged young people across the UK.

David is also a non-executive director of Dugout Limited, a football-centric social media platform owned by Arsenal, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Juventus, Liverpool, Man City, PSG, Real Madrid and other investors.

Education and qualifications

David graduated with a First in Latin and Greek from Exeter College, Oxford University and subsequently studied law at the College of Law.

He speaks English and Italian.