David Smith

Associate, Frankfurt

Biography

Overview

David is an Associate in the Firm's Frankfurt office. He primarily advises on cross-border mergers, acquisitions and venture capital financings.

David helps global clients navigate the intricacies of fundraising, investing and operating in the European life sciences, robotics, and software industries.

In his practice, David assists clients to prepare and select winning bids in time-sensitive competitive auction processes as well as to optimize outcomes in private negotiations. His experience includes asset and share deals.

Prior to joining White & Case, David gathered M&A experience as an associate in the Frankfurt office of an international law firm.

Bars and Courts
Solicitor, Ireland
California State Bar
Maryland State Bar
Education
LLM
Finance, Institute for Law and Finance
Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main
JD
Francis King Carey School of Law
University of Maryland
BS
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Languages
German
English
Spanish

Experience

Nestlé
Advised Nestlé in connection with several transactions, including (i) the creation of a joint venture with Casa Tarradellas, with their respective stakes 40% and 60%, to include the Herta charcuterie (cold cuts and meat-based products) which is available in six European countries and the Herta dough business in France and Belgium, (ii) the sale and transfer by Nestlé Waters of all shares in a joint venture in Ethiopia to local partners, and (iii) the sale of its dairy and waters businesses in Uzbekistan to the France-based Lactalis group.

Easyfairs
Advised Easyfairs on (i) the acquisition of Stuttgart-based Untitled Exhibitions GmbH, whose portfolio of events includes All About Automation, four regional trade fairs focused on industrial automation, and (ii) the acquisition of Clarion Events Deutschland GmbH, a leading organizer of industrial trade shows in the mechanical engineering industry in Germany.

Alder
Advised Alder Fund I AB on the sale of Gasmet Technologies Oy to Nederman Holding AB as well as the preceding acquisition by Gasmet Technologies Oy of Austria-based MonitoringSystems GmbH.

Brookfield Infrastructure and its institutional partners and GIC 
Advised a consortium composed of Brookfield Infrastructure and its institutional partners and GIC, Singapore's sovereign wealth fund, on the German aspects of the US$8.4 billion acquisition of Genesee & Wyoming Inc., a freight railroad owner and operator based in the United States.

Hassan Allam
Advised Hassan Allam Holding, a leading construction and engineering group headquartered in Cairo, Egypt in its indirect acquisition of a majority interest in Bioworks AG, a global leader in waste water treatment engineering based in Munich, Germany with subsidiaries in the US and Morocco.

Canon Medical Systems
Advised Canon Medical Systems Corporation, a Japanese medical equipment company, in its acquisition of Skope Magnetic Resonance Technologies AG, a Swiss company specializing in data processing and image reconstruction for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Elekta
Advised the Elekta group on various corporate and commercial matters.*

* Matters prior to working for White & Case.