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David Allen

Partner
Baker & McKenzie LLP

Biography

David trained at Baker McKenzie and became a Partner in 2010. David became Head of Corporate in 2020, having previously been Head of Private Equity in London since 2015 and Global Head of Private Equity since 2017.

David's team has won a number of awards, including "M&A Team of the Year (Large Deals)" in the 2019 British Legal Awards and "Private Equity Team of the Year" in the 2016 British Legal Awards.

Practice Focus

David is primarily focused on mergers & acquisitions and restructurings for private equity funds, infrastructure funds, pension funds and other clients. David also has significant experience in representing management teams in respect of their equity incentive structures. In addition, David has extensive experience in advising Japanese investors and is a regular visitor to Japan.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Advised Hitachi on the USD 11 billion acquisition of ABB's power grids business in over 100 jurisdictions (the largest ever acquisition by a Japanese industrial company).

  • Advised Fiera Infrastructure on the acquisition of a 50% interest in Wightlink, the UK ferries business.

  • Advised Bluegem Capital Partners on the acquisition of Light & Living, the Dutch lighting and home décor accessories business.

  • Advised Bluegem Capital Partners on the sale of the DMC group to Lion Capital.

  • Advised Bain Capital in respect of its bid for the European distribution business of CRH.

  • Advised Core Equity on the acquisition of Portman Dental from Livingbridge and management.

  • Advised Platinum Equity on the sale of Worldwide Flight Services to Cerberus.

  • Advised Fiera Infrastructure on the acquisition of IslaLink, the Spanish submarine communications provider, from EQT.

  • Advised Ideal Standard, a Bain Capital portfolio company, on the refinancing and disposal to sale to Anchorage Capital and CVC Credit Partners.

  • Advised Bain Capital on the sale of the Polish operations of Autodis to LKQ.

Admissions

  • England & Wales~United Kingdom (2003)

Education

  • Nottingham University (L.P.C.) (2001)
  • University of Lancaster (LL.B.) (2000)
  • University of Nancy (LL.B.) (1999)

Languages

  • English
  • French
  • Russian

Previous Offices

  • Sydney