Dominic Davis > Burges Salmon LLP > Bristol, England > Lawyer Profile

Burges Salmon LLP

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Work Department

Corporate Finance.


Dominic is a partner in the firm’s Corporate Finance team. His practice covers all areas of corporate finance work but he specialises in complex M&A transactions and joint ventures. He regularly advises both quoted companies and their financial advisers on a full range of equity transactions including IPOs and secondary fundraisings. His practice also includes advising on company law and corporate governance issues. He works for a range of private and public companies on both UK and cross-border deals and regularly advises overseas investors investing, or acquiring assets, in the UK. Dominic is a member of the firm’s US committee.

Recent transactions include (i) advising the shareholders of FlightScope on the sale of the software company to IMG, (ii) advising the founder shareholders on the sale of specialist education provider LexAble to Norwegian company Lingit AS, (iii) advising WH Ireland on the AIM flotation of Northcoders Group plc and (iv) advising the founder shareholder of Keep IT Simple on the sale of the company to The Panoply Group PLC.


Trained Macfarlanes; qualified 2001; joined Burges Salmon 2005; partner Burges Salmon 2011.




ICAEW Corporate Finance Faculty


Attended Bristol Grammar School; Cardiff University (1996 BA Joint Hons, History and French); Université de Nantes, France; University of the West of England (1998 PG Dip Law; 1999 LPC).


Running, rugby (Old Bristolians RFC), golf.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Corporate and commercial > M&A: Lower Mid-Market Deals, £100m-£750m

The ‘extremely proactive’ and ‘competent’ practitioners at the Bristol-based corporate practice at Burges Salmon LLP are noted for their capabilities in energy and technology M&A. Beyond these sectors, the team is experienced in cross-border work in the hotels and leisure, education, healthcare and food and drink arenas. Practice co-chair Nick Graves – a key contact for the firm’s hotels and leisure work – is experienced in M&A, joint ventures, and corporate and regulatory advice pertaining to listing rules and takeover code. Fellow co-chair Rupert Weston is recommended for assistance with M&A, joint ventures, equity market transactions and regulatory issues. Richard Spink is highly praised for his ‘exceptional advice’ and ‘balanced and pragmatic advice.’ Other key figures include Dominic Davis, who specialises in corporate finance work; Mark Shepherd, who heads the private equity team and also advises public and private companies on various transactions; and Camilla Usher-Clark, who specialises in energy, power and utilities work. Chris Godfrey has now adopted a consultant role.

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport

The Bristol-based sports team at Burges Salmon LLP, led by Jeremy Dickerson, is known for advising clients in the horse racing, polo, and motorsports spaces with advice on media rights and sponsorship arrangements. The interdisciplinary team, which includes employment specialists Luke Bowery and Dominic Davis, as well as commercial experts Helen Scott-Lawler and David Varney, assists on employment matters and commercial transactions for clients in the worlds of golf and football.

South West > Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Bristol

Widely praised by clients for their strength in depth, the ‘fantastic team’ at Burges Salmon LLP is a key port of call for a diverse range of blue-chip corporates, including a number of energy sector operators, tech companies, and private equity firms. Corporate practice chair Nick Graves regularly handles high-value transactions on behalf of a host of leading tech, manufacturing, and engineering companies, while ‘outstanding’ corporate finance partner Rupert Westonis noted for his capabilities in M&A and joint ventures, with recent highlights including major deals on behalf of wealth management firms and investment funds. Other key figures include private equity head Mark Shepherd; corporate and financial institutions lead Richard Spink, who is also sought out for his expertise in private equity-driven transactions; and Dominic Davis, experienced in both public and private company M&A. Alex Lloyd and Tim Roberts are noted for their work in the tech, education, and leisure sectors. Julie Book focuses on private wealth matters.