David Malliband

David J. Malliband

Baker & McKenzie LLP


David Malliband currently serves as managing partner of Baker McKenzie's Chicago Office and was formerly chair of its Corporate & Securities Practice Group in Chicago. He has over 25 years' experience advising multinational corporations on cross-border transactions. David has practiced in each of Baker McKenzie's Sydney, London and Chicago Offices, and has closed transactions for companies around the world in a wide variety of industries.

He has been recognized as a "Star Lawyer" by Acritas, "Stand-out Lawyer" by Thomson Reuters, and for delivering superior client service in The BTI Client Service "All-Star Team" for Corporate Transactions report, based on interviews with Fortune 500 companies.

Practice Focus

David focuses on mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures — with an emphasis on cross-border transactions — and representation of domestic and non-US companies in their activities in the United States, Europe, Latin America and the Asia Pacific region. He is admitted to practice in Illinois and New York (USA), England and Wales, and New South Wales (Australia).

Representative Legal Matters

  • Advised Embracer Group AB, the Swedish publicly traded video game holding company, on various transactions, including the acquisition of Gearbox Entertainment and the acquisition of Saber Interactive, along with the subsequent sale of certain Saber assets to Beacon Interactive.
  • Advised Dun & Bradstreet Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: DNB) on various transactions, including the acquisition of Bisnode Business Information Group AB, Prestaleads SAS, and Eyeota.
  • Advised McDonald's Corporation (NYSE: MCD), with respect its acquisition of Dynamic Yield, a website personalization and decision logic technology company based in Israel.
  • Advised F45 Training, the Australian fitness group, with respect to the acquisition by Mark Wahlberg and FOD Capital of a minority stake in F45.
  • Advised Crane Co. (NYSE: CR) on its acquisition of Crane & Co, Inc., a supplier of secure and highly engineered banknotes for central banks around the world.
  • Advised ICU Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ: ICUI), on various transactions, including the acquisition of the Smiths Medical business from Smiths Group plc, the acquisition of the Hospira infusion pump business from Pfizer Inc, and the acquisition of Excelsior Medical Corporation from RoundTable Healthcare Partners (along with the simultaneous sale by ICU of Excelsior’s pre-filled saline and flush syringe business to Medline Industries, Inc).
  • Advised the Management Consulting Group on the sale of the Kurt Salmon strategy consulting business.
  • Advised Pace Development Corporation PLC, a Thai public limited company, on the acquisition of Dean & Deluca, Inc., the gourmet food retail chain.
  • Represented Booking Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: BKNG) in separate acquisitions of FareHarbor (an online booking and tour operator), buuteeq (a US-based hotel internet marketing company) and the Agoda Company (an online travel company based in South-East Asia).
  • Advised Sims Metal Management (and its predecessor entities) (ASX: SGM) on various transactions, including the merger between the Sims Group (an Australian public company) and Metal Management Inc (a US public company traded on the NYSE) for USD 1.6 billion, and acquisition of the US metals recycling business of Hugo Neu Corporation.
  • Represented CareFusion Corporation on various transactions, including the acquisition of the Vital Signs business from GE Healthcare, the sale of CareFusion’s International Surgical Products distribution business to Medline Inc., and the sale of CareFusion’s global neurodiagnostic business to Natus Medical Inc.
  • Advised US-based mining multinational on acquisition, investment and development opportunities in the United States, Latin America, China and Mongolia.
  • Represented Ashland Global Holdings Inc. (NYSE: ASH) on a range of transactions, including the sale of its global marine services business, known as "Drew Marine," to J.F. Lehman & Co., Ashland's acquisition of the water treatment chemicals business from Degussa AG across 12 countries, and the sale of its worldwide electronic chemicals business across 12 countries.
  • Represented BP plc in a transaction involving a simultaneous acquisition, divestment and strategic alliance with a Belgium-based multinational across 10 countries (approx. USD 2.2 billion).
  • Advised Hercules Incorporated on the international aspects of the sale of its worldwide water treatment business to affiliates of GE, along with a pre-closing reorganization of the company’s corporate structure across approx. 20 countries (USD 1.8 billion).
  • Represented QubicaAMF in the sale of its bowling products business in Japan to Daifuku Co Ltd, a Japanese public company, and the simultaneous entry by the parties into a long term distribution arrangement.
  • Assisted a US private equity investment firm with the non-US aspects of its acquisition of a major motion picture exhibitor in approximately seven jurisdictions.
  • Represented a multinational insurance company in its acquisition of a reinsurance in Panama and Peru.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • The Executives’ Club of Chicago – Member, Executive Council of Advisors and 2021 Chair, International Business Forum
  • Advance.org – Lifetime Ambassador and prior member, Board of Directors
  • Economic Club of Chicago - Member
  • Chicago Council on Global Affairs - Prior member, Board of Directors,
  • New York State Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, Law Society of England & Wales and Law Society of New South Wales, Australia – Member


  • Illinois~United States (2003)
  • England & Wales~United Kingdom (2002)
  • New York~United States (2001)
  • New South Wales~Australia (1996)


  • Northwestern University School of Law (LL.M., Honors) (2000)
  • University of Queensland (LL.B., Honors) (1993)
  • University of Queensland (Bachelor of Commerce) (1991)


  • English

Previous Offices

  • London
  • Sydney