David advises on M&A and other corporate transactions, the negotiation of commercial contracts and joint ventures, and regulatory matters.

David has particular experience in the oil and gas and natural resources sectors. This includes advising in relation to the acquisition and disposition of energy assets, joint ventures and farm-ins, land access and disputes, and permit-related obligations (including royalty and work programme obligations). He is a member of the board of the Petroleum Exploration and Production Association of New Zealand and has recently been appointed by the Minister to the EECA Board.

His international experience includes a three-year period at Cravath, Swaine and Moore LLP, the leading U.S. corporate law firm, where he acted for corporates such as Nestle S.A., ConocoPhillips, Bristol Myers Squibb and Citigroup on a wide variety of M&A transactions and advisory matters. He holds an LLM from Cambridge University (having graduated second overall).

David is ranked in the top tier of energy and natural resources lawyers in Chambers Asia Pacific 2014, with sources praising him as a "very talented lawyer" who is "immersed and enmeshed in the market." In previous editions, clients describe him as commercially astute, a solid negotiator and a pleasure to work with and Chambers notes he is "equally respected by peers, who concur that his technical ability and industry knowledge rank amongst the best in New Zealand." He is also named as a leading lawyer in IFLR 1000 2015, Who's Who Legal 2013, Asia Pacific Legal 500, Australasian Legal Business Guide: Energy & Resources Law and Euromoney's Guide to the World's Leading Energy and Natural Resources.

Qualifications

BCA, LLB(Hons), Victoria University of Wellington
LLM, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Admitted

1997 New Zealand

International Career

  • Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, New York and London
    2000-2003