David Walker is described as "a private equity guru" and a "leader" in the market." Chambers UK 2018 

David Walker is a "highly experienced corporate lawyer" and "easily one of the leading private equity lawyers in London." Chambers UK 2016

David J. Walker

  • 99 Bishopsgate
  • London EC2M 3XF
  • United Kingdom

David Walker is an M&A lawyer with more than twenty-five years of experience focusing on UK and international private equity transactions. He is 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 representative experience includes advising:

Blackstone and CVC Capital Partners

  • On the £2.96 billion offer by a consortium led by Blackstone and CVC of Paysafe Group plc
Platinum Equity

  • On the acquisition of Pattonair
The Carlyle Group
  • On the acquisition of Reach by Acosta, a Carlyle portfolio company
  • On the acquisition of Custom Sensors & Technologies
  • On the acquisition of Chesapeake Packaging
  • On the merger of Chesapeake Packaging with Multi-Packaging Solutions
  • On the £1 billion acquisition of The RAC Group*
  • On the £360 million acquisition of Talaris the cash management business of De La Rue plc and its subsequent £650 million disposal to Glory Limited*
  • On the €338 million acquisition, subsequent partial disposal and then the £900 million initial public offering (IPO) of AZ Electronic Materials*
  • On the £42.4 million acquisition and subsequent £1.3 billion IPO of QinetiQ*
Hellman & Friedman
  • On the acquisition of Securitas Direct Verisure Group  
  • On the acquisition of Scout24 from Deutsche Telekom in a €2billion transaction
  • On the sale of Scout24 Switzerland to Ringier Digital  
Global Infrastructure Partners
  • On the sale of its 15% stake in Compañía Logística de Hidrocarburos 
  • On the €1.94 billion acquisition of Italian railway operator Italo – Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori S.p.A.
  • On the £110 million acquisition of London Square
  • On the acquisition of Farrow & Ball
  • On the US$1.3 billion sale of Global Blue to Silver Lake and Partners Group*
  • On the creation of Equistone in the spin-out from Barclays* 
  • On the acquisition of Gorkana
  • On the acquisition of Barclays Natural Resource Investments
  • On the acquisition of Vertu from Nokia*
  • On the refinancing of SSP Group*
IK Investment Partners
  • On the €550 million sale of Magotteaux to Sigdo Koppers*
  • On the sale of Europris to Nordic Capital*
Silverfleet Capital Partners
  • On the acquisition of Masai
  • On the acquisition and subsequent sale of Phadia*
  • On the acquisition and subsequent sale of TMF*

*Matter handled prior to joining Latham

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