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David Martin

Corporate Partner, London

"I specialise in advising our sovereign and government related and infrastructure clients on their international investments, coordinating transactions across multiple jurisdictions, combining international best practice with the specific requirements of local laws."


Professional experience

Education and qualifications


David is a corporate partner in the London office's financial sponsors group and co-head of the sovereign wealth fund sector team. David recently returned from heading the firm’s Abu Dhabi office and he continues to act regularly for Middle Eastern clients and clients investing in the Middle East.

He advises on public and private mergers and acquisitions, financial sponsor exits (including equity capital markets transactions), joint ventures, carve-outs, co-investments and consortium deals, often with a cross-border element. He also advises international clients (financial and strategic) on their Middle Eastern investments, helping them navigate the complexity of executing deals successfully in the region.

David regularly advises on cross-border transactions, offering clients the benefits of the firm’s global reach to achieve their global objectives. This experience includes advising on transactions (notably in the infrastructure sector) across major jurisdictions in Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

Work highlights

David has advised on a variety of financial sponsor, infrastructure and Middle East-related corporate deals. These include advising:

  • Jacobs Holding on the acquisition of Cognita from Bregal Investments and KKR
  • Sovereign related entities on strategic investments in global infrastructure, including toll roads, power and utilities, airports, ports, rail and towers
  • DP World on the establishment of a global investment platform with CDPQ and the sale of two Canadian ports
  • DP World on the acquisition of Dubai Maritime City and Dry Docks World
  • PIF on the acquisition of 50% of Americana (IFLR Middle East M&A deal of the year 2017)
  • the acquisition of Lease Plan Corporation, from a joint venture involving Volkswagen and Fleet Investments
  • on the IPO of Al Noor Hospitals Group plc and the subsequent combination with Mediclinic International Limited
  • Dubai World and Port & Free Zone World on the disposal of Economics Zone World, which operates Jebel Ali Free Zone, to DP World
  • the sellers on the disposal of their Maldivian seaplane businesses to Blackstone
  • Waha Capital on the consortium acquisition of NPS Bahrain Oil and Gas Wells Services Company
  • M. H. Alshaya on the acquisition of the business and certain units of La Senza UK from its administrators by way of a pre-packaged sale
  • on the primary listings of Al Noor Hospitals Group, Britvic, Gulf Marine Services, Home Retail Group, Experian and Safaricom (Nairobi Stock Exchange) and the secondary issuances by Lloyds Banking Group, Xstrata and Rio Tinto

Professional experience

Earlier in his career, David spent seven months on secondment to the group legal department of Vodafone Group.

David moved to Abu Dhabi in 2011 in order to help set up the firm’s second office in the UAE.

Education and qualifications

David studied law at the University of Nottingham.

Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales.