David J. Walker

  • Partner
  • Edavid.walker@lw.com
  • 99 Bishopsgate
  • London EC2M 3XF
  • United Kingdom
  • T +44.20.7710.4654


David Walker is an M&A lawyer with more than 25 years of experience focusing on UK and international private equity transactions. He is Global Vice Chair of the Corporate Department, the former Global Co-Chair of Latham & Watkins' Private Equity Practice, and recognized as a leader in his field in numerous publications.

Mr. Walker has commented and written extensively on private equity, including contributing a chapter to Private Equity: A Transactional Analysis and is the current editor of another specialist book entitled Private Equity Exits: A Practical Analysis.


Mr. Walker's experience includes advising:

  • Hellman & Friedman on its acquisition of a stake in Belron, a global leader in vehicle glass repair and replacement, valuing Belron at €21 billion
  • Blackstone and CVC on the merger of Paysafe with Foley Trasimene Acquisition Corp. II, a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) founded and led by Bill Foley
  • The Carlyle Group on its agreement to acquire a majority stake in luxury, streetwear, and sportswear retailer END
  • Silver Lake Partners on its substantial minority investment into IVC Evidensia group (IVC), the leading European veterinary care provider
  • TowerBrook Capital Partners on the public-to-private acquisition by a consortium of investors of The AA, a UK-based company engaged in providing car insurance, driving lessons, breakdown cover, loans, motoring advice, road maps, and other services
  • Leonard Green & Partners and its portfolio company CPA Global, a leader in intellectual property software and tech-enabled services, on its US$6.8 billion combination with Clarivate Plc, a leader in providing trusted information and insights to accelerate the pace of innovation
  • EQT on the acquisition of RIMES Technologies Corporation, a leading managed data services and RegTech solutions provider with operations across the US, Europe, and Asia
  • Equistone Partners Europe on its acquisition of Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services, a market-leading research and analytics company
  • Goldman Sachs PIA on its acquisition of Aston Lark, a UK insurance broker, from Bowmark Capital
  • Leonard Green & Partners on its sale of a 25% stake of TopShop/TopMan, a UK-based operator of a chain of clothing retail stores for women
  • Hellman & Friedman and Blackstone on their €5.7 billion takeover offer of Scout24 AG, a leading operator of digital marketplaces — the largest ever public-to-private deal in Germany
  • Hellman & Friedman on the sale of a 7.5% stake in Verisure Holding to Corporacion Financiera Alba
  • Hellman & Friedman on the sale of a 10% stake in Securitas Direct Verisure Group to GIC
  • Global Infrastructure Partners on the €1.94 billion acquisition of Italo – Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori, an Italy-based provider of high speed rail transportation services
  • A consortium led by Blackstone and CVC Capital Partners on its £2.96 billion offer for Paysafe Group plc, a leading global provider of end to end payment solutions; the deal represents the largest public-to-private deal under the UK Takeover Code since 2010
  • Platinum Equity on the acquisition of Pattonair, a provider of supply chain management solutions to aerospace and defense markets
  • Hellman & Friedman on the acquisition of Securitas Direct Verisure Group, a security services provider, and a subsequent disposal of a minority stake
  • Global Infrastructure Partners on its disposal of a 15% stake in Compañía Logística de Hidrocarburos, a provider of oil products transportation and storage, to Borealis Infrastructure Management
  • EQT on the sale by Kuoni Travel of Gullivers Travel Associates, a UK-based provider of B2B hotel accommodation and destination services, to HotelBeds Group
  • Ares Management on its acquisition of Farrow & Ball, a decorative paint and wallpaper manufacturer
  • Hellman & Friedman on the €2 billion acquisition of a majority interest in Scout24 Holding, an operator of online publications for classified advertisements, from Deutsche Telekom
  • The Carlyle Group portfolio company Acosta Sales & Marketing on the acquisition of Reach, a sales and marketing services company in the consumer goods industry
  • Hellman & Friedman on the sale of Scout 24 International Management AG, a digital classified advertising company, to Ringier Digital AG
  • The Carlyle Group and PAI Partners on the acquisition of Custom Sensors & Technologies, a designer and manufacturer of sensing, control, and motion products
  • The Carlyle Group on the acquisition of Chesapeake Corporation, a supplier of pharmaceutical and consumer packaging products, and its subsequent merger with
  • Multi Packaging Solutions (MPS), to create a leading global provider of print-based specialty packaging
  • Global Natural Resource Investments on the acquisition of Barclays Natural Resource Investments, a private equity firm investing in the natural resource sector
  • EQT portfolio company Faerch Plast on the acquisition of Anson Packaging, a manufacturer of thermoforming packaging products for the food industry Equistone on its creation and spin-out from Barclays Bank and on various acquisitions and disposals

Thought Leadership

  • PE Views: Insights on the World of Private Equity -  March 16, 2021
  • Private Equity Market Study, Seventh Edition -  September 28, 2020
  • Earnouts Are Rising Across Europe, But Can They Unlock COVID-19 Valuation Gaps? -  September 21, 2020
  • Healthcare AI Deals a Tonic for PE Investors -  September 21, 2020
  • Transacting With Troubled Companies – 3 Tips for PE Deal Teams Navigating Stressed, Distressed, and Insolvent Acquisitions -  September 21, 2020
  • The Lipstick Effect — Are Kylie Jenner and New Technologies Making Beauty Deals Increasingly Attractive for Private Equity? -  June 15, 2020
  • Scoring on Sports Deals -  June 15, 2020
  • Culture and Conduct Ahead of Exit — Key Points for Private Equity -  June 15, 2020
  • Foreign Investment Controls — Are We Seeing a More Nuanced Approach to Private Equity? -  June 15, 2020
  • Fund-to-Fund Transfers on the Rise as Deal Flow Slows -  December 09, 2019
  • 4 Key Reasons Why European P2P Deals Fail – and How Private Equity Deal Teams Can Avoid Them -  October 15, 2019
  • Big-Ticket Fines and Veil-Piercing Cases Raise Portfolio Company Liability Risks for PE Parents -  October 08, 2019
  • Private Equity in Japan: With Opportunities Come Continuing Challenges -  October 03, 2019
  • Will the Increase in Cross-Channel Deals Require an Anglo-French Approach to Management Equity? -  September 30, 2019
  • 2019 Is Different From 2008: 4 European Restructuring Developments for Private Equity Firms to Consider  -  July 02, 2019
  • Cornerstone Investments: A Foundation for Private Equity-Sponsored IPO Exits  -  June 27, 2019
  • Is Artificial Intelligence Set to Transform Private Equity Dealmaking?  -  June 25, 2019
  • 5 Antitrust Trends for Private Equity to Watch -  March 21, 2019
  • Are Private Equity Bank Buyouts Set to Soar?  -  March 21, 2019
  • Litigation Funding: Private Equity Investment Opportunity and Portfolio Risk Management Tool -  March 15, 2019
  • Will Regulatory Reform Make Cryptoassets the Next Buyout Boom for Private Equity?  -  March 13, 2019
  • PE Views: Insights on the World of Private Equity -  October 12, 2015
  • Making the Most of Earn-outs -  September 29, 2015
  • Will PE Start to Play in the Premier League? -  June 22, 2015
  • UK Style Management Investment Warranties Spreading -  January 05, 2015
  • Increasing Dry Powder and Decreasing Deal Volumes: Seller Friendly Deal Terms Are Set To Continue -  October 27, 2014
  • US Debt for European Deals -  September 04, 2013

“A real leader"

"Very strong technically, incredibly diligent and a wonderful resource for difficult judgement calls and risk decisions”

The Legal 500 UK 2020
Bar Qualification
  • England and Wales (Solicitor)
  • BA (Hons) History, King's College London, 1988
  • Entertainment, Sports & Media
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Private Equity