David Watkins

Joined firm 2001. Partner since 2005.

David returned to our London office in the summer of 2018 after seven years in our Hong Kong office.

David’s principal areas of practice include mergers and acquisitions of both public and private companies, general corporate finance, equity capital markets and corporate governance. He advises clients across a broad range of sectors including financial institutions, insurance, media and IEN.

David was listed as one of the 10 outstanding and most forward-thinking lawyers from across Asia in the June 2016 FT Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers 2016 report, published by the Financial Times. David is listed as a leading lawyer for Corporate/M&A: Hong Kong-based (international firms), China in Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018 and a highly regarded lawyer in the IFLR 1000 Asia-Pacific 2018 for M&A in Hong Kong. He is also listed in the elite Leading Lawyers section of the Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018's Guide to Outstanding Lawyers in the Asia Pacific for Corporate (including M&A), and the 2018 edition of Who's Who Legal Corporate: Merger & Acquisition in Hong Kong.

David is admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales, the Republic of Ireland and Hong Kong.