David Longstaff has been advising clients on M&A and private equity transactions throughout Asia for close to 30 years. His experience includes a wide range of complex cross-border transactions in a variety of industries.
David's practice encompasses M&A, international investments, joint ventures, capital markets, private equity, venture capital, employment, and other corporate and financial transactions.
David has advised numerous financial institutions and multinational companies on cross-border transactions, including Amba Investment Services, Anglo-Chinese, Asian Plantations, CLSA, Coherent Inc., Hanson PLC, Hermes, HSBC, Hutchison, J.F. Lehman, Korea Electric Power, Mitsubishi, Mitsui & Co. Ltd, MUI, Shell, Sherwin-Williams, Singapore Petroleum Company Limited, Standard Chartered, Suez Energy, Sumitomo, Tanjong Plc, and Tomen. Venture capital clients include Baring Private Equity Partners and JAIC Asia Capital.
Recent representative transactions include advising Tanjong Plc on its US$528 million acquisition of CDC Group's portfolio of power generation assets in Egypt, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka; a consortium led by Suez Energy International and Korea Electric Power on their bid for the Philippine assets of Mirant Corporation comprising Mirant Sual, Mirant Pagbilao, and KEPCO Ilijan; Asian Plantations on its sale to Felda Global Ventures for US$173.5 million; Amba Investment Services on its sale to Moody's Corporation; J.F. Lehman on its acquisition of Chemring Group PLC; and Coherent Inc. on its acquisition of Hypertronics Pte Ltd.
David is recognized as a leading private equity and M&A lawyer in Singapore in several legal directories, including the 2020 edition of the IFLR1000 and the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in Singapore.
- June 2013
Singapore Chapter of the International Comparative Legal Guide to Corporate Governance 2013
- The College of Law, Guildford (Law Society Finals 1983); Reading University (LL.B. 1981)
- Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales, Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore, and High Court of Hong Kong
Recognized by Asialaw as one of Asia's leading corporate finance lawyers
Legal 500 and Chambers Asia-Pacific (2012-2018): leading lawyer in Singapore for Corporate/M&A: International — noted for being highly experienced in corporate work with market sources enthusing: "his ability to read the situation and offer advice that is sensible in the context, as opposed to abstract legal advice, is very helpful"