Fladgate
Flatgate
Flatgate
David Harrison

David Harrison

Partner

I specialise in helping clients to structure and execute complex acquisitions, disposals and fundraisings in both the public and private markets. I look after a diverse group of clients, ranging from established multi-nationals and high-growth disruptors, through to alternative asset managers, UHNWIs and their family offices.

About

While I have developed deep expertise across a range of sectors including, notably, in the Energy & Industrials; Consumer; and Real Estate spaces, a significant part of my practice is focused on the Technology sector and I find that the driving forces of technological change and disruption are common threads which run through the majority of the situations which I advise on.

Although I quickly learnt as a trainee solicitor that the job didn’t involve anything like the level of glamour that I had lead myself to expect, from the moment I helped to close my first corporate transaction (a reverse takeover), I was hooked on the buzz of the deal and the amazing sense of satisfaction that comes from working with a team of like-minded people to achieve a common goal.

While that same buzz and sense of satisfaction has kept me enthused and coming back for more ever since, I am lucky enough to have worked on a broad array of transactions across multiple sectors and jurisdictions over the years and I have found that this variety of experience has been invaluable in developing the balance between due care and a pragmatic and solution oriented approach to getting the job done which my clients value.

I’m a great believer in the importance of education for all, so outside of work, I sit on the board of governors for a federation of four schools in my local area.

Expertise

Our technology team covers the full range of advisory and transactional work, from day-to-day commercial advice, such as software licensing and channel arrangements, through to negotiating major systems procurement, systems integration and outsourcing transactions.

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We advise on all the key issues affecting the property industry, including regeneration and development schemes, investment, funding, construction matters, property disputes, portfolio management, planning, taxation and the creation of corporate structures.

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Through our extensive relationships with law firms around the world, our clients gain access to teams of lawyers worldwide with a deep understanding of the legal issues faced by businesses in the energy and resources sectors. We have particular experience of energy-related transactions in Africa and Eastern Europe.

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Experience

  • Advising a family office on the acquisition of a significant minority interest in a major international casual dining brand
  • Advising an Energy Tech company on the acquisition of a distributed energy resource platform
  • Advising a family office on the divestment of a major retail banking operation in the former CIS region
  • Advising the founders on the divestment of an Africa focussed oilfield services business
  • Advising a multinational company of the acquisition of a heavy industrial parts supply business

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