David Lewis

Partner, London

Biography

“David Lewis is noted for his respected corporate practice and has a particular focus on the mining sector. He regularly assists international mining companies with restructurings, joint ventures and M&A transactions.”
Chambers UK 2021

Overview

David Lewis is a partner in our global M&A and Corporate practice based in London. An experienced corporate M&A and equity capital markets lawyer with a primary focus on natural resources.

David was co-head of mining and minerals in his previous firm.

Bars and Courts
England and Wales
Education
Law Society Finals
The College of Law

Guildford

MA
Land Economy; Post Graduate Diploma in Law
Downing College

Cambridge

Languages
English

Experience

General

the majority shareholder in Louis Dreyfus on the sale of a minority interest in LDC *

lenders on the debt for equity restructuring of Azzuri Restaurants, Bakkavor Group and the Innovation Group

Inmarsat on a number of deals including its takeover by a private equity consortium *

Edison on the signing of the agreement with Energean Oil & Gas to sell the 100% of Edison Exploration and Production and its subsidiaries *

Saudi Agricultural & Livestock Company on its proposed acquisition of a minority interest in Glencore Agri (deal value in excess of US$2 billion) *

an oil major in relation to its proposed sale of a portfolio of operated and non-operated upstream assets in the UK North Sea (deal value in excess of US$1 billion) * 

IFC, Standard Charterred, Temasek and a range of other institutional investors on their equity investments in Seven Energy, a company with assets in Nigeria and on the related financial restructuring of the group (enterprise value in excess of US$1 billion at face value) *

Glencore on its US$1.35 billion strategic acquisition of Calgary-based Caracal Energy, a company with oil and gas reserves in Chad *

consortium of Chinese investors on their proposed acquisition of the Las Bambas mine in Peru (deal value in excess of US$7 billion) *

the underwriters of Glencore International’s IPO *

Wellstream Holdings, one of the world's leading suppliers of flexible pipes to the offshore oil industry on its sale to General Electric for £800 million *

ERAMET on the sale to the Chinese steel group Tsingshan of an interest in an ERAMET subsidiary and related JV arrangements (deal value undisclosed) *

VTB Capital in respect of its investment in EN+, the holding company of Oleg Deripaska that owns, amongst other things, UC Rusal (deal value undisclosed) *

one of the consortia bidding for Gatwick Airport *

France Telecom on its acquisition of Orange (US$20 billion+) *

Bwin on its proposed acquisition of AIM listed Sportingbet plc and on its merger with Party Gaming (deal value in excess of US$3 billion) *

Representation of Inmarsat on its acquisition by Triton Bidco for £2.6 billion *

Mining

  • the Official Receiver of British Steel on the sale of its business to Jingye Iron & Steel * 
  • Eramet SA on the sale of TiZir Titanium & Iron AS *
  • Eramet SA on the sale of a majority interest in, and formation of a joint venture in respect of, Weda Bay Nickel *
  • Norsk Hydro on the disposal of its rolled products division at an enterprise value of Euro 1.38 billion *
  • Aluminum Corporation of China (Chinalco) on the proposed acquisition of the US$5.85 billion Las Bambas copper mine project in Peru, from Glencore *
  • ZCCM – IH (a Zambian government controlled entity) in respect of its interest in Konkola Copper Mines (a distressed copper mine in Zambia) *
  • Glencore on the merger of Katanga and Nikanor to create a US$3 billion + entity *
  • Glencore on its consortium bid approach to DRC based Nikanor plc and then on its subsequent £300 million subscription of shares in Nikanor and US$100 million convertible subscription in Katanga *
  • a potential acquirer of a sub-Saharan Africa gold mine from a major gold producer *
  • the financial advisors to China Gold in relation to its proposed acquisition of African Barrick Gold (aborted) *
  • a potential acquirer of a diamond mine from one of the diversified majors (aborted) *
  • a potential acquirer of a controlling stake in Lonmin and in connection with Lonmin’s  restructuring (enterprise value in excess of US$1 billion) *
  • a precious metals company with assets in sub-Saharan Africa on its proposed (but aborted) London IPO *
  • The underwriters on the IPO of Glencore International, one of the largest IPO’s in Europe *

Energy

  • Edison on the disposal of its E&P division, including interests on the UK North Sea *
  • Adani Green Energy Limited on its c.USD 3.5 billion acquisition of SB Energy's 5 GW India renewable power portfolio. The largest acquisition in the Indian renewable energy sector *
  • AIIM on the restructuring of and investment into various assets of Nigerian based Seven Energy ( "Restructuring Deal of the Year" IFLR Sub-Saharan Africa Awards 2019). *
  • JP Morgan Asset Management on the acquisition of a 43% stake in North Sea Midstream Partners from Wren House Infrastructure Management *
  • an oil major in relation to its proposed sale of a portfolio of operated and non-operated upstream assets in the UK North Sea *
  • AIIM on its acquisition of a 20% stake in certain subsidiaries of Seven Energy to be acquired by Savannah Petroleum *
  • Temasek, IFC, Standard Chartered Private Equity, Capital International and Petrofac on their follow-on investment in Seven Energy *
  • Gunvor on its attempted acquisition of Chevron's South African refinery and retail business and a number of other transactions *
  • CITIC on its investment in a European wind farm project *
  • the sponsors in respect of the equity aspects of a power project in Ghana and Nigeria *
  • ENGIE on the sale of its upstream and midstream LNG activities, liquefaction, shipping and international LNG trading, for an aggregate value of up to US$2.04 billion *
  • the Adani Group on its joint venture with Total to create one of India's largest downstream energy partnerships *
  • British Energy on its restructuring and relisting (enterprise value in excess of £10 billion) *
  • an oil major on the disposal of certain of its downstream operations in a Central Asian republic*
  • Salamander Energy on the acquisition and disposal of a number of upstream interests and on its sale to Ophir Energy *
  • Dominion Petroleum (a company with assets in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda) on its takeover by Ophir Energy *

*Matters worked on prior to joining White & Case.

Awards and Recognition

Chambers UK 2022, Energy and Natural Resources, Mining. Band 4, Individual ranking

"David Lewis is noted for his respected corporate practice and has a particular focus on the mining sector. He regularly assists international mining companties with restructurings, joint ventures and M&A transactions. "
Chambers UK: 2020: Mining & Metals

"He’s a really good sounding board, is thorough and gets things done. "
Chambers UK, 2019: Mining & Metals