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David Ponsford

Partner Corporate
Tel: +44 20 7611 2376


David is a corporate partner who has extensive experience advising companies and individuals on the acquisition & disposal of businesses, fundraisings, joint ventures & shareholders’ agreements, group reorganisations, commercial arrangements and equity capital markets transactions on the London Stock Exchange.

At any one time David is advising clients on various acquisitions and disposals. As David acts for both buyers and sellers he is well placed to anticipate issues which commonly arise and to ensure that the transaction runs smoothly.

David spends a considerable amount of time gaining a strong understanding of his clients’ businesses and their commercial objectives, which helps him to provide clear commercial advice tailored to each client’s business needs

As Legal 500 states, David “demonstrates outstanding commitment to his clients’ issues”.

Representative Experience

Advised an outsourcing group on the acquisition of an outsourcing business with substantial interests in over ten countries.

Advising a well-known department store on a group reorganisation.

Advising the founder shareholder on the management buy-out of his printing business.

Advising the owners of a recruitment firm on their shareholders’ agreement and on various commercial agreements.

Acting for an oil & gas company on the sale of its operations in the North Sea.

Acting for an asset management fund on various asset management agreements and development management agreements.

Career History

Partner, Teacher Stern (2018)

Partner, Gowling WLG (2011 to 2018) (noting that Lawrence Graham merged with Wragge & Co to form Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co in May 2014, which subsequently became Gowling WLG in February 2016).

Senior Associate Solicitor, Lawrence Graham (2006-2011)

Associate Solicitor, Taylor Wessing (2000-2006)

Trainee Solicitor, Taylor Wessing (1998-2000)