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 2015–2024 ranked David in Band 4 for Corporate/M&A.
  • The Legal 500 EMEA 2020 and 2022 recommended David for commercial, corporate and M&A.
  • IFLR1000 2022 recommended David as a highly regarded leading lawyer for M&A.


  • B.BusSc LLB LLM (Tax), University of Cape Town
  • Year of admission as an attorney: 1990
  • Registered with the Legal Practice Council


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