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Burges Salmon LLP, Dominic Davis, Bristol, ENGLAND

Dominic Davis

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Burges Salmon LLP

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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 advising on the sale of Pukka Herbs to Unilever plc and on the recommended partial takeover of Sutton Harbour Holdings 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.

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  • Restoring environmental damage: putting a price on ecosystem services

    On 7 August 2009 a 40-inch pipeline ruptured, spilling 5,400 cubic metres of crude oil into the soil and groundwater of La Crau nature reserve in southern France, a habitat protected under French and European law. The operator had to excavate and replace 60,000 tons of soil, install 70 wells to pump and treat groundwater and 25 pumps to skim oil from surface water, at a cost in the region of €50m. However, this was just the primary remediation (that is, restoring the site to the state it would have been if the damage had not occurred). The operator was also required to compensate for the damage to the habitats and the loss of the ecosystem services that would otherwise have been provided by La Crau nature reserve. Measures included purchasing land outside of the nature reserve and contributing to its management for a period of 30 years (over €1m), monitoring the water table for 20 years (over €500,000), monitoring fauna over three years (€150,000) and rehabilitation in accordance with best available ecological techniques (nearly €2m). Overall, the compensatory restoration (to compensate for the amount of time that the ecosystem was impacted) and complimentary restoration (to compensate for elements of the ecosystem that had been permanently lost) came to more than €6.5m. 

    - Burges Salmon LLP

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