David Vaughan

David Vaughan is a senior partner and head of Gowling WLG's corporate team in Birmingham. He travels widely to support clients all over the UK, Europe and further afield. He advises on all aspects of company law and corporate transactions.

David has advised corporate clients of all descriptions, including multinationals (such as AT&T, E.ON, LSG and ADP), public authorities (Department of Health, Birmingham City Council), private equity owned businesses and entrepreneurs.

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 while minimising risk.

David is "very commercially adept" and "focuses on the key points, delivering practical quality advice appropriate to the circumstances" (Legal 500, 2015).

David Vaughan is lauded by clients for being "astute, pragmatic, clear and a good negotiator." He was highly commended for Innovation in Mergers and Acquisitions in the FT Innovative Lawyers Report 2016. He is known to be "very partnership-focused" and a "team player" (Chambers 2016).


David's experience includes advising:

  • Coral and Ladbrokes on their sale of 360 licenced betting offices to Betfred and Stan James.
  • Derek Hood on the sale of the majority stake in JD Classics to the pan-European private equity firm Charme Equity Partners.
  • 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. David led a cross-firm team on the transaction, an advertised competitive auction process.
  • St James Capital and Nomura International on the £245 million acquisition of the Earls Court and Olympia exhibition and conference centres and the subsequent reorganisation of its business and real estate interests and the eventual disposal by auction sale.
  • ADP on its $400 million acquisition of Kerridge Computer Group
  • AT&T in relation to the disposal by way of separate auctions of over 20 businesses as part of a $5 billion disposal programme to divest its non-core UK businesses.

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