David Pudge > Clifford Chance LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Clifford Chance LLP
E14 5JJ

Work Department

M&A, Corporate




David Pudge specialises in domestic and cross-border M&A, public takeovers, stock exchange matters and general corporate advice. He acts for a broad range of clients and in particular large corporates and financial services groups.

David is also Head of Retail within our Consumer Goods and Retail sector group. David is the Chairman of the City of London Law Society’s Company Law Committee and a contributing author to “A Practitioners’ Guide to the UK Takeover Code”.




Member of the City of London Law Society Company Law Committee


Exeter University (LLB) 1986

Lawyer Rankings

London > Risk advisory > Corporate governance

(Hall of Fame)

David PudgeClifford Chance LLP

Clifford Chance LLP acts for a range of top international blue-chip clients across the full spectrum of corporate governance issues, including compliance, regulatory and risk management matters. The practice stands out for its dedicated international ESG board and strong global platform, allowing it to handle cross-border mandates with ease. David Pudge co-heads the team and acts for financial institutions and corporate entities on transactions and governance issues, including shareholder engagement, annual general meetings (AGMs) and board effectiveness reviews. Luke Tolaini, who jointly leads the team, is a key name for corporate crises and investigations brought by regulators; Steven Fox is recommended for public company-related law, including regulatory and compliance matters, and Richard Crosby handles M&A, equity capital markets matters and restructurings. Rae Lindsay is a litigation and disputes practitioner with considerable expertise in ESG matters, policy development and implementation, due diligence and risk management, while at the more junior end of the team, senior associate Alanna Hunter is recommended for advice pertaining to AGMs, market abuse regulation and governance policies.

London > Industry focus > Retail and consumer

The team at Clifford Chance LLP supports its clients holistically, advising on M&A, competition matters and risk management work. Practice head David Pudge specialises in both domestic and cross-border M&A, public takeovers, stock exchange matters and general corporate advice; his clients include large corporates in the retail and finance sector such as the French Connection Group. Duad Khan has relocated to the Abu Dhabi office.

London > Corporate and commercial > M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £500m+

(Leading individuals)

David PudgeClifford Chance LLP

In the wake of an impressive run which has seen the team advising the likes of Telefónica, Cellnex, and Chrysaor Holdings on market-leading transactions, Clifford Chance LLP continues to handle numerous multi-billion pound deals for an impressive range of financial sponsors and FTSE 350 corporates. Practice co-chair Melissa Fogarty‘s recent highlights include big-ticket telecoms acquisitions and multi-jurisdictional divestitures in the financial services sector, while Tim Lewis‘ takeover expertise has seen him handling major cross-border deals for leading multinational insurers. A number of leading banks and retailers routinely turn to David Pudge for assistance in public takeovers and stock exchange matters. Steven Fox‘s comprehensive sector focus sees him handling public and private M&A work for a mix of international corporations, investment banks, and financial institutions. Gareth Camp is noted for his expertise in healthcare, consumer goods, and retail sector deals, while Katherine Moir‘s cross-border capabilities encompass public acquisitions, take-privates, and combinations. David Lewis left the practice in January 2022.