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David Raff

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David  brings 25 years' experience of handling M&A and private equity transactions to his practice. His clients include acquisitive corporates, private equity houses and successful entrepreneurs. David is particularly adept at leading cross border M&A projects having handled many of DLA Piper's own international mergers.  David previously headed up DLA Piper's UK Corporate group a team of 200 plus lawyers focussing on M&A, private equity, capital markets, investment funds and tax.


Clintons – trainee and assistant solicitor – 1981-1984, Forsyte Kerman – assistant solicitor 1984-1991, Winward Fearon – partner - 1991-1996, DLA Piper and predecessor firm – partner – head of corporate group and head of private equity – 1996-to date. Current directorships: New North London Synagogue


French, Hebrew.


New North London Synagogue.


Manchester Grammar School, Universities and colleges attended: University & College attended - University College London - LLB 1980. College of Law - Law Society Finals


Tennis and football.

London: Corporate and commercial

Private equity: transactions

Within: Private equity: transactions

DLA Piper 'balances the desire to negotiate hard on behalf of clients with commercial pragmatism'. Its team includes UK private equity head David Raff, who is 'a real deal do-er' and 'an excellent negotiator - a titanium fist in a velvet glove'. Tim Wright leads the firm's European private equity offering, and acts for clients such as Partners Group, Duke Street and European Capital (which is part of Ares) in many of their most significant transactions. Like Raff and Wright, Edward Griffiths is 'hugely experienced in the private equity world'. The firm is consistently among the most active in the market for UK and European midmarket deals; a recent highlight involved acting for the founders and management sellers in the sale and reinvestment in Third Bridge Group Limited to IK Investment Partners. Another matter saw Raff and others advise LDC on the disposal of Nexinto Limited (a German-based provider of e-commerce hosting sourcing solutions) to The PlusServer Group. The firm is also a strong performer in the large-cap arena, as was evidenced when Griffiths, Wright and senior associate Philip Allenby acted for Paysafe Plc's management team in the acquisition of the company by CVC and Blackstone for £3bn. The group also advised the management team of Holland & Barrett on the £1.8bn acquisition of the business by LetterOne Retail. Anu Balasubramanian departed for Paul Hastings LLP.

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