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David Wallis

With over 25 years' experience as a corporate lawyer, David Wallis assists clients on the full range of transactions, with a particular focus on leveraged buy-outs and exits.

David is a private equity ground breaker – having acted on the UK's first ever £1bn+ leveraged buy-out. 

Having worked both in-house and in private practice, David has wide experience and commercial common sense. He brings to each transaction a combination of hard work, relentless thinking and pragmatic negotiation skills. David has advised private companies, institutional investors and management teams in all areas of private equity buy-outs, exits and portfolio company M&A.

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Recommended - The Legal 500 UK 2022

Acts for a stable of well-known corporate entities and financial sponsors, and receives regular mandates from management teams. - Chambers UK 2021 

Recommended - The Legal 500 UK 2021 

"Phenomenal." - The Legal 500 UK 2020  


British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association

Relevant work

V&S Vin & Sprit- advised on its €5.63bn privatisation and sale to Pernod Ricard

SCA- advising in relation to its $1.8bn acquisition of Georgia-Pacific’s European tissue business

Cinven- acting in relation to its £1.1bn leveraged buy out of General Healthcare Group

Jefferies Capital and Edgen Murray- acting in relation to the £112m acquisition of Murray International Metals and subsequent recapitalisation

Ashmore Investment Management- acting in relation to several Turkish investments in the media and port sectors