David Vaughan Partner


Speaks:  English

Qualified: 1987 - Solicitor of England & Wales


Primary office:  Birmingham




David Vaughan

David is head of the Corporate Team in Birmingham, one of the largest and best known corporate teams outside the City of London known for its "Deep roots in the region as well as strength in cross-border transactions" (Chambers 2020). Clients say the team is "responsive and has a breadth of expertise" and that "They are very well resourced so you get the input you need." (Chambers 2020).

David advises a wide range of clients on all aspects of company law and corporate transactions.

Known for his attention to detail and ability to get under the skin of clients' businesses, David offers a "hands on" approach to delivering complex transactions quickly and within budget whilst minimising the client's risk.

David is "very commercially adept" and "focuses on the key points, delivering practical quality advice appropriate to the circumstances" (Legal 500 2015). He is "astute, pragmatic, clear and a good negotiator" and is known to be "very partnership-focused" and a "team player" (Chambers 2016). He is "calm and relaxed in the way he reacts in hectic times" and "expertly handles reorganisations, sales and acquisitions on behalf of a broad client base" (Chambers 2020).

He was highly commended for Innovation in Mergers and Acquisitions in the FT Innovative Lawyers Report in 2016 and was named as an Eminent Practitioner in Chambers 2020.

Experience

David's recent experience includes advising:

  • Birmingham City Council on the sale of the NEC Group (comprising the NEC, Genting Arena, Resorts World, the ICC and the Barclaycard Arena) to LDC in a deal which valued NEC Group at £307 million;
  • Coral and Ladbrokes on their sale of 360 licenced betting offices to Betfred and Stan James;
  • Brockton Capital on the sale of retail parks portfolio to Tristan Capital for £245 million;
  • Birmingham City Council on the sale of Innovation Birmingham;
  • Lindsey Goldberg on its acquisition of Coveris Rigid Packaging from Sun European Partners for EUR700 million.
  • Meggitt plc on its sale of Precision Micro to LDC;
  • Midcounties Co-operative on a number of acquisitions and disposals including the sale of Co-operative Energy to Octopus Energy.
  • The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority on taking Magnox Limited back in house.

Career & Recognition

Filter timeline:
  • 2020

  • 2019

    • Rankings & Awards
       2019
      Chambers (UK) 2020 - Corporate M&A: Mid-market and private equity: West Midlands - Eminent Practitioners
  • 2018

    • Rankings & Awards
       2018
      Chambers UK 2019 (Corporate M&A: Mid-market and private equity: Midlands) - Band 1
  • 2016

    • Career
       2016
      Gowling WLG (UK) LLP, partner
  • 2014

    • Career
       2014
      Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, partner
  • 2006

    • Career
       2006
      Wragge & Co, Corporate group leader
  • 1995

    • Career
       1995
      Wragge & Co, partner
  • 1987

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
       1987
      Qualified, Solicitor of England & Wales
  • 1985

    • Career
       1985
      Wragge & Co, Solicitor
  • 1979

    • Education
       1979
      The University of Edinburgh, MA (Hons) History