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David Norman

Partner

Hong Kong

David Norman

Partner

Hong Kong

David’s practice is focused on complex cross-border transactions and strategic projects. He has extensive experience across the whole life cycle of private M&A transactions, including acquisitions, disposals and auction processes, joint ventures and investments. He regularly acts for corporates, private equity funds and major institutional investors on significant investments and strategic partnerships (including platforms) in Greater China and the wider APAC region. David also advises multinational clients on large-scale strategic reorganisations in APAC and private equity funds on portfolio company management, including new fund raisings and internal corporate matters.

David advises clients across a range of industries, but has a particular focus on the technology, financial services, consumer goods and real estate sectors. In recent years, he has also focused on helping clients build collaborations and partnerships involving digital ecosystems in Greater China and South-East Asia, with a particular focus on insuretech and fintech. In this regard, he has acted for both technology companies and other disrupters and for incumbents in establishing successful collaborations.

David's work has been recognised by leading international legal directories, such as Legal 500, where he is ranked as a Rising Star and recommended for cross-border joint ventures, M&A, and minority investments.

Other noteworthy experience includes advising:

  • A Middle Eastern sovereign wealth fund on the creation of China’s largest logistics-focused real estate investment platform.
  • China Resources and Belgium-based Verlinvest S.A. in connection with the acquisition of a majority stake in Oatly, a leading Sweden-based manufacturer of healthy oat-based F&B products, for a total consideration of approximately SEK1.3 billion.
  • A global universal bank on the Asia Pacific aspects of its resolution planning, including the design and implementation of a service company model and consequent operational and corporate governance reorganisation.
  • Credit Suisse on a series of own-account investments by the Entrepreneurs Investment Platform, the business unit responsible for Credit Suisse’s principal equity investments in private companies in APAC, including investments into Ant Group, Xpeng, Inc and Koubei.
  • Indosuez Wealth Management, Credit Agricole group, on the acquisition of the CIC private banking business in Hong Kong and Singapore.
  • A leading New York head-quartered multi-national corporation in the consumer goods sector on the reorganisation of its APAC supply and distribution arrangements and associated corporate governance changes.
  • Emperador Inc, which is listed in the Philippines, a subsidiary of Alliance Global, and one of the largest Philippines conglomerates, on its acquisition of 100% of Whyte & Mackay Group and its subsidiaries from United Spirits, a company listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange, for an enterprise value of GBP430m.
  • Manulife on a long-term strategic bancassurance partnership arrangement in Vietnam with TechComBank.
  • D&J China, a Warburg Pincus fund on the sale of a majority interest in a real estate investment company to a PE fund.

Experience highlights

Office

Hong Kong

Allen & Overy
9th Floor, Three Exchange Square, Central
Hong Kong

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Qualifications

Professional

Admitted as solicitor, England and Wales, 2008

Admitted as solicitor, Hong Kong, 2017

Academic

BA (Hons), English, St Hugh's College, Oxford University, 2001

Pro-bono experience

  • Advising a charitable organisation on the establishment of eye-care clinics in Congo, Africa

Recognition

News & insights

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News: 21 MAY 2021

Allen & Overy advises Nativus on the USD10 billion IPO of Oatly

Allen & Overy has advised Nativus Company Limited (Nativus), a joint venture formed by Verlinvest and a leading Chinese state-owned enterprise, as the majority shareholder in Oatly Group AB (Oatly) in…

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Publications: 03 OCTOBER 2019

Allen & Overy’s Fintech group partners with leading fintech community and platform, FINTECH Circle, to co-author the second edition of the FINTECH Bridge Journal

A Fintech Bridge represents a bespoke agreement outlining collaboration between two governments, cooperation between regulatory bodies and connectivity between two markets and ecosystems. This…

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China

Publications: 26 JULY 2019

Investing in China: opportunities and challenges coexist

At a time when U.S.-China trade tensions are being reported as having a dramatic impact on the global economy, China’s Ministry of Commerce has announced that the actual use of foreign capital in…

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China removes barriers

Publications: 26 JULY 2019

China removes more barriers to market entry

The pledge by President Xi at the G20 Summit in Osaka that China would continue to liberalise market access has seen immediate progress in the form of a new update to the Catalogue of Encouraged…

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