David is a partner in Gilbert + Tobin’s Corporate Advisory group.

    David specialises in mergers and acquisitions, with a particular focus on private equity. He also advises on IPOs, public M&A, inbound investments into Australia, corporate restructurings, venture capital transactions and joint ventures. David regularly advises financial sponsors, investors and corporates both in relation to M&A transactions and commercial matters.

    David has a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Laws (First Class) from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa and is admitted as a solicitor in New South Wales, England and Wales (non-practising), South Africa and Bermuda (non-practising).

    David is a Non-Executive Director of The Bradman Foundation.

    David's experience includes advising:

    • Quadrant Private Equity on its acquisition of leading healthcare distribution business Aidacare.
    • Quadrant Private Equity on the sale of autoparts distributor MotorOne to a Quadrant-managed continuation fund.
    • Advanced Health Limited, listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, on its sale of the PresMed Day Surgery group to Intermediate Capital Group (ICG).
    • American Industrial Partners on the sale of mining services and technology business CR Mining to Swedish-headquartered Epiroc.
    • Vast Solar on its merger with a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) backed by NYSE-listed Nabors Industries, which will result in Vast Solar listing on the NYSE.
    • The shareholders of Altus Group, Australia’s largest full-service traffic management business, on its sale to Pacific Equity Partners.
    • Chicago based PE firm BDT Capital on the sale of Billi Water to UK-listed Strix plc.
    • The shareholders of facilities management business B.I.C. Services on its sale to South African listed Bidvest Group.
    • Advanced Personnel Management (APM) on its ~$1bn IPO and ASX listing in 2021.
    • Komatsu on its acquisition of mining services and technology business Mine Site Technologies Global (MST Global) from Odyssey Private Equity.
    • HRL Morrison & Co and Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation on the sale of CSC’s 50% stake in the Macarthur Wind Farm to Palisade Investment Partners and First Sentier Investors.
    • Infratil on the sale of its 80% shareholding in Perth Energy Holdings to AGL Energy.
    • Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation on the sale of 50% of its stake in Canberra Data Centres to The Australian Government Future Fund, Australia’s sovereign wealth fund.
    • Quadrant Private Equity and the Quadrant Growth Fund on many of its investments including:
      • Quadrant’s acquisitions and subsequent sales of APM, Canberra Data Centres, CR Mining, Zip Industries
      • Quadrant Growth Fund’s acquisition of Quad Lock
    • Risk Capital Advisors, the leading Australian W&I brokers, on its sale to US-listed Willis Towers Watson.
    • The Stars Group Inc. on its acquisition of 80% of CrownBet and subsequent acquisition, through CrownBet, of William Hill Australia.
    • Aramex, listed in Dubai, on its acquisition of Fastway Couriers in Australia and New Zealand.
    • Telstra on its $1 billion acquisition of Pacnet, an Asian telecommunications and services provider to carriers, multinational corporations and governments in the Asia-Pacific region.

    David is ranked Band 4 in Private Equity.


    David was recognised in the areas of Mergers and Acquisitions Law and Venture Capital Law.


    David is ranked for Private Equity.


    David has been recognised for his work in Mergers & Acquisitions Law and Venture Capital Law.

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