How Can David Help You?
David is VWV's Chairman and a corporate and banking lawyer, based in our London office. As part of our sector focus, David concentrates in particular on advising Independent Schools (both charities and commercial groups) and Family Owned SME businesses. David has longstanding banking experience and advises Higher Education clients in particular on their debt funding projects.
David also co-ordinates our International offering to overseas clients living, working or investing in the UK, and UK clients investing abroad. David advises principally on transactions - mergers, acquisitions, Employee Ownership Trusts, disposals and funding - and helps clients with the strategic planning that drives those activities.
David is part of our Coronavirus Response team and provides specialist support to independent schools, family businesses, and organisations on the challenges posed by coronavirus.
Meeting Your Needs
More than 25 years' experience as a corporate lawyer, and a pragmatic commercial approach, brings an ability to take a helicopter view of any client project, to help clients identify and decide their priorities and attitude to risk. David considers it a privilege to act for clients at key moments in their personal or corporate lives, and his job is to guide you as calmly as possible through the challenges and process of any transaction, as a trusted adviser.
What Others Say
David has been recognised in the Legal Directories for many years by clients and peers, not only for his ability as a corporate and banking lawyer, but also for the commercial and common sense approach he brings to negotiations to get the deal done wherever possible. David was awarded 2015 CEO of the Year by Acquisition International for his previous role as VWV London Office Managing Partner.
"David Emanuel is a senior individual who inspires enormous confidence and is very good at dealing with top people in businesses." - Legal 500
What You Might Like to Know
Originally based at VWV in Bristol, David moved back to London (where he began his career at a City firm) when we opened our Fetter Lane office in 2009 to lead merger integration.
Outside the law, David enjoys family life, history (which he studied at Oxford), social (ie badly played) tennis and old cars.