David Avery-Gee

Biography

David Avery-Gee
David Avery-Gee is a partner in the Corporate group and leads the M&A practice in London. He has extensive experience advising on some of the market’s most high-profile M&A transactions, and in 2020 alone, David advised on transactions with a combined value of over £50 billion, which ranks him amongst the top two for M&A lawyers across EMEA by total value of announced deals according to Mergerlinks.

He has advised on numerous cross-border mergers, joint ventures and capital raisings across a range of industries and jurisdictions, particularly in natural resources and energy, where David is widely regarded as one of the leading names in the sector. David’s experience includes acting on numerous public takeovers /P2P transactions, distressed M&A and the corporate aspects of restructurings. He also provides strategic boardroom advice to corporate clients.

He is ranked as a ‘Leading Individual’ for ‘Upper mid-market and premium M&A deals’ by Legal 500 2021, which recognised his “strong track record advising on cross-border mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and capital raisings for well-known clients”. He has also been cited as “a great problem solver who is calm under pressure with a “wealth of experience” by Chambers UK.

He has previously completed a secondment to the M&A team of the investment banking division of Morgan Stanley.

David is a trustee of the Alex Roberts-Miller Foundation, a charity which provides educational, sporting and social opportunities for disadvantaged young people across the UK.

He speaks English and Italian.

Recent experience includes advising:

  • Willis Towers Watson plc on its proposed all-share merger with Aon plc
  • InPost and the selling shareholders on the English and U.S. aspects of the offering and listing of InPost on the Euronext Amsterdam, the largest ever European technology IPO
  • Cardtronics plc on its pending sale to NCR Corporation
  • Highland Gold Mining plc on its take private by Fortiana Holdings
  • Recently advised a number of sponsors on proposed P2P bids
  • HM Government on its investment along with Bharti Global Limited to provide more than USD$1 billion to acquire OneWeb and fund the full restart of its business operations
  • Foley Trasimene Acquisition Corporation II on its merger with Paysafe Group
  • Algonquin on its PIPE investment in Atlantica Infrastructure
  • Dugout on its merger with OneFootball
  • Eli Lilly on its collaboration with Sitryx
  • Sanofi on its sale of the stake in Regeneron, which was the largest ever deal of its type in pharma/healthcare
  • ARCM in connection with its equity placement and strategic investment in Premier Oil plc
  • Financing banks to the acquirer on the acquisition of RSA Insurance Group plc

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