David advises on M&A and other corporate transactions, the negotiation of commercial contracts and joint ventures, and regulatory matters.
David has particular experience in the oil and gas and natural resources sectors. This includes advising in relation to the acquisition and disposition of energy assets, joint ventures and farm-ins, land access and disputes, and permit-related obligations (including royalty and work programme obligations). He is a member of the board of the Petroleum Exploration and Production Association of New Zealand.
His international experience includes a three-year period at Cravath, Swaine and Moore LLP, the leading U.S. corporate law firm, where he acted for corporates such as Nestle S.A., ConocoPhillips, Bristol Myers Squibb and Citigroup on a wide variety of M&A transactions and advisory matters. He holds an LLM from Cambridge University (having graduated second overall).
David is named as a leading lawyer in Chambers Asia Pacific 2012, which comments that clients describe him as commercially astute, a solid negotiator and a pleasure to work with. Chambers also notes that David "is equally respected by peers, who concur that his technical ability and industry knowledge rank amongst the best in New Zealand." He is also named as a leading lawyer in the Asia Pacific Legal 500 2011/2012, PLC Which Lawyer? 2012, the Australian Legal Business Guide: Energy & Resources Law and Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Energy and Resources Lawyers.
BCA, LLB(Hons), Victoria University of Wellington
LLM, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
1997 New Zealand