David J. Malliband

Baker & McKenzie LLP


David Malliband currently serves as chair of the Corporate & Securities Practice Group in Chicago and has over 20 years experience advising multinational corporations on cross-border transactions. He 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.

David has been recognized as a "Star Lawyer" by Acritas and for delivering superior client service in The BTI Client Service "All-Star Team" for Corporate Transactions report, based on interviews with Fortune 1000 companies. He is a member of the American Bar Association’s Task Force on International Transactions, and has served on the editorial working group of the ABA’s International M&A Due Diligence Project.

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

  • Advising Embracer Group, the Swedish publicly traded video game holding company, with respect to its acquisition of the assets of Saber Interactive, a leading game developer and publisher with more than 600 employees across six offices.

  • Advised McDonald's Corporation, 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., a US public company, on its agreement to acquire Crane & Co, Inc., a supplier of secure and highly engineered banknotes for central banks around the world (USD 800 million). 

  • Advised ICU Medical, Inc., a US public company, (i) as international counsel on the acquisition of the Hospira infusion pump business from Pfizer Inc. across 30 countries (USD 900 million), and (ii) as lead transaction counsel on 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., a gourmet food retail chain.

  • Advised Iluka Resources Limited, the Australian mining multinational, on a titanium development and processing joint venture with Vale SA, involving the Tapira mining complex in Brazil.

  • Represented The Priceline Group in separate acquisitions of buuteeq (a US-based hotel internet marketing company), and the Agoda Company (an online travel company based in South-East Asia).

  • Represented CareFusion Corporation in 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.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • – Lifetime Ambassador & prior member, Board of Directors
  • New York State Bar Association – Member
  • Chicago Bar Association – Member
  • Law Society of England & Wales – Member
  • Law Society of New South Wales – 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