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David is a partner in the Corporate practice who splits his time between our Aberdeen and Edinburgh offices. He joined the Firm as a solicitor in 2001.

David has specific expertise in Private Equity, Venture Capital, MBOs/MBIs, M&A, growth companies, Renewable Energy and Life Sciences companies. His significant transactions include advising: Scottish Equity Partners and Scottish Enterprise on multiple investment transactions; MB Aerospace Holdings on the disposals of MB Faber and Glacier Energy Services Holdings, the acquisition of Gentz Industries and the sale of the enlarged group by Lloyds Development Capital and management vendors to Arlington Capital Partners; Czura Thornton Private Investment on LP formation, fundraising and subsequent acquisition of Chiltern International Holdings; House of Fraser plc on its acquisition of Jenners; SCF Partners on its investment in Clyde Blowers to fund the subsequent acquisition of the fluid and power divisions of Textron Inc; Quayle Munro Holdings plc and management vendors in the sale of Submersible Technology Services to Neptune Marine Services; Aquamarine Power and Muirden Energy on multiple transactions; and Dysis Medical, Aquapharm Biodiscovery and Biofilm on multiple fundraising rounds.

David was a part-time tutor in company and commercial law for postgraduate students at the University of Edinburgh from 2003 until 2007 and authored a chapter entitled “A Private Institutional Investor Perspective” in “Environmental Technologies, Intellectual Property and Climate Change” published by Edward Elgar 2013.

Away from legal practice, David served as a non-executive director on the board of SPFL football club, Dundee United from 2014 to 2017.


Qualified 2000; Pagan Osborne and Pagan Business Law. joined Maclay Murray & Spens LLP 2001; associate 2005, head of venture capital 2009, partner 2010.




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Madras College, St. Andrews; University of Dundee (1997 LLB (Hons); 1998 Diploma in Legal Practice).


Family; football (serves as non-executive director of Dundee United); skiing; golf (member of The New Golf Club of St. Andrews).

Lawyer Rankings

London > Corporate and commercial > Venture capital

With a cross-disciplinary offering that draws on the expertise of practitioners in the IP, employment and financial regulatory groups, Dentons delivers a ‘high-quality experience‘ to a growing roster of early stage companies and investor clients. Leveraging strong relationships with stakeholders throughout the VC sector, the ‘bright and hardworking’ Joseph Altendorff  is able to effectively provide a ‘very joined-up service‘ to clients, ranging from start-ups to institutional fund clients. On the investor front, Altendorff played a pivotal role in securing instructions from new client Octopus Ventures (including US transactions) and has also been central to the firm’s efforts to strengthen its ties with corporate venturers. Edinburgh-based partner David McGrory  co-heads up the team alongside Altendorff.