David began his career as a Candidate Attorney in 1988. David joined Syfret Godlonton-Fuller Moore (now Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr) as an Associate in 1990 and became a Director in 1993.

  • Disposal of 25% of major oil company (Shell) in BEE deal and related restructuring.
  • Advised various funds and investors on establishment, investment and buyouts, including investors in AIIF2 infrastructure fund.
  • Advised Shell regarding its sale of a share of its refining business in South Africa to Thebe including drafting and negotiating all agreements.
  • Advised with regard to the restructure of Tullow Oil in Africa and advised regarding operations in Kenya.
  • Advising DL Petroleum on supply and franchising arrangements.
  • Attended to the establishment of Elf joint venture in South Africa.
  • Advising and establishing Southern African operations for Gulf Marine.
  • Advising Engen regarding franchise issues.
  • Drafting numerous supply agreements for spot and term purchases of various products.
  • Advising on preliminary feasibility aspects of gas project in Southern Africa.  
  • Chambers Global 2015–2019 ranked David Thompson in Band 4 for corporate/M&A.
  • Best Lawyers International 2008–2019 listed him for Corporate Law and Mergers & Acquisitions Law.
  • Best Lawyers International 2016 listed him as the Lawyer of the Year (Cape Town) for mergers and acquisitions law, in 2015 as Lawyer of the Year (Cape Town) for Corporate Law and in 2014 as Lawyer of the Year (Cape Town) for mergers and acquisitions law.


  • B.BusSc LLB LLM (Tax), University of Cape Town
  • Year of admission as an attorney: 1990


  • Legal Practice Council
  • Chairman of the Cape Law Society Competition Committee
  • International Bar Association (IBA)
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