David Roberts

David Roberts

Partner

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
London
EC4N 6AF
United Kingdom
Languages English
Corporate

David is a corporate specialist with 25 years' experience advising on public and private M&A, private equity, joint venture and IPO transactions. His practice focuses on clients across a range of sectors including Hotels & Leisure, Technology, Media & Communications, Sport and Retail.

David commentates on the corporate aspects of sport in the English media and provides specialist input in his other area of specialisation, namely the sale and purchase of English football clubs where he has acted on several bids for clubs.

David is qualified both in the UK and Australia, where he earned his BA/LLB and worked with Corrs Chambers Westgarth.

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"David is extolled by sources as "incredibly well connected in leisure matters and excellent at brokering deals." He advises on the corporate finance aspects of the leisure industry for both funders and owner-operators."

Chambers 2017

"David is "very proactive, enthusiastic and responds very quickly," say sources. He advises on corporate matters for hotels and leisure industry clients. Another interviewee enthuses: "He is extremely well known in the sector and knows a lot of the key protagonists, especially in the hotel space"."

Chambers 2016

"David is recommended for his "great technical ability, unparalleled people skills and superb client advice." He is further praised for his industry knowledge, with one client noting: "He knows the sector and everyone in it - he's very useful for building up a stronger presence in the market because he will introduce you to the right people and knows where you're heading in the future"."

Chambers 2015

"David (Spotlight table) is a key contact for India-related work. Sources note that "we're always impressed with his understanding of on-the-ground intelligence in India - he's always clued into what's happening in the market"."

Chambers 2013

"Sources observe that "he always has the client's best interests in mind, appreciates when advice is needed promptly and ensures he meets set deadlines." He is the lead partner handling many of the firm's highlights, and recently advised Michelin-starred London restaurant Hakkasan on its Indian master franchise agreement."

Chambers 2013

"David was selected to the 2015 "London Super Lawyers" in the Corporate Finance category and was selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2016 Fifth Edition of The Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom in Leisure & Hospitality Law.

London Super Lawyers/Best Lawyers

Relevant experience

  • Shareholders and management team on the sale of D&D London to LDC.
  • The shareholders and management on the sale of Hawksmor to Graphite Capital.
  • dnata on the acquisition of www.travelrepublic.com.
  • dnata on the acquisition of Alpha Flight group from Autogrill.
  • The owners of Hull City Tigers on the sale of the club.
  • Seminole Tribe of Florida on the acquisition of Hard Rock Café.
  • Calculus Capital on investments into Chop'd and Benitos Hat.
  • Kaupthing on the acquisition of Asquith Nurseries.
  • Sun Capital on the acquisition of Strada.
  • Setanta Sports on the sale of Setanta Australia to Al Jazeera.
  • JPMorgan Chase on its investment in early stage fin tech business.
  • Hill Capital on its acquisition of a stake in New World Pub Company.
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Education

  • 1993 – Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, College of Law, Sydney, Australia
  • 1992 – Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) and Laws, University of NSW, Sydney Australia
  • 1986 – Rotary International Scholarship, Canada
  • 1985 – St Leos College, Sydney, Australia
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Publications

  • David publishes thought pieces regularly in M&C Report in relation to corporate leisure topics
  • How to buy a Football Club, Wold Sports Law Report
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Hotels & Leisure

David is a corporate specialist with 25 years' experience advising on public and private M&A, private equity, joint venture and IPO transactions. His practice focuses on clients across a range of sectors including Hotels & Leisure, Technology, Media & Communications, Sport and Retail.

David commentates on the corporate aspects of sport in the English media and provides specialist input in his other area of specialisation, namely the sale and purchase of English football clubs where he has acted on several bids for clubs.

David is qualified both in the UK and Australia, where he earned his BA/LLB and worked with Corrs Chambers Westgarth.

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"David is extolled by sources as "incredibly well connected in leisure matters and excellent at brokering deals." He advises on the corporate finance aspects of the leisure industry for both funders and owner-operators."

Chambers 2017

"David is "very proactive, enthusiastic and responds very quickly," say sources. He advises on corporate matters for hotels and leisure industry clients. Another interviewee enthuses: "He is extremely well known in the sector and knows a lot of the key protagonists, especially in the hotel space"."

Chambers 2016

"David is recommended for his "great technical ability, unparalleled people skills and superb client advice." He is further praised for his industry knowledge, with one client noting: "He knows the sector and everyone in it - he's very useful for building up a stronger presence in the market because he will introduce you to the right people and knows where you're heading in the future"."

Chambers 2015

"David was selected to the 2015 "London Super Lawyers" in the Corporate Finance category and was selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2016 Fifth Edition of The Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom in Leisure & Hospitality Law.

London Super Lawyers/Best Lawyers

Relevant experience

  • Shareholders and management team on the sale of D&D London to LDC.
  • The shareholders and management on the sale of Hawksmor to Graphite Capital.
  • dnata on the acquisition of www.travelrepublic.com.
  • dnata on the acquisition of Alpha Flight group from Autogrill.
  • The owners of Hull City Tigers on the sale of the club.
  • Seminole Tribe of Florida on the acquisition of Hard Rock Cafe.
  • Calculus Capital on investments into Chop'd and Benitos Hat.
  • Kaupthing on the acquisition of Asquith Nurseries.
  • Sun Capital on the acquisition of Strada.
  • Setanta Sports on the sale of Setanta Australia to Al Jazeera.
  • JPMorgan Chase on its investment in early stage fin tech business.
  • Hill Capital on its acquisition of a stake in New World Pub Company.
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Education

  • 1993 – Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, College of Law, Sydney, Australia
  • 1992 – Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) and Laws, University of NSW, Sydney Australia
  • 1986 – Rotary International Scholarship, Canada
  • 1985 – St Leos College, Sydney, Australia
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Publications

  • David publishes thought pieces regularly in M&C Report in relation to corporate leisure topics
  • How to buy a Football Club, Wold Sports Law Report
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