David joined the Beacon International Advisory Board in 2019.
David was the senior partner in the international law firm and Chairman of Linklaters, one of the top 10 legal firms world-wide, until 2015, completing a 30-year career at the firm. Following that he has served as a vice-chairman of Moelis, the global corporate advisory investment bank, and serves on a BlackRock investment fund board.
David was Head of the Corporate Department at Linklaters, and during the same period was ranked as the joint highest-rated M&A lawyer in the United Kingdom according to the Chamber Directory. Some landmark transactions David has advised on include: Vodafone’s acquisition of Mannesmann AG for over $200bn, Vodafone’s merger with AirTouch, creating a group with combined market capitalization and $110bn, BP’s $48.2bn acquisition of Amoco, and Billiton’s dual-listed merger with BHP, with the combined company having an enterprise value $38bn at closing.
David was awarded City A.M.’s Lawyer of the Year award. At the time of his departure from Linklaters in September 2011, David was the most senior corporate lawyer at the firm and one of Europe’s most experienced M&A practitioners.
David served as Vice Chairman of Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) Investment Banking at Moelis & Co. in London, where his responsibilities included providing technical leadership and counsel on deal execution.
David graduated from Trinity College at Cambridge University in 1971. David brings his experience in some of the largest global transactions in recent times and extensive corporate and government relationships.