David Innes is a corporate partner in the firm’s London office and Head of the UK Private Equity Group. His practice covers a full range of UK and cross-border private equity and M&A transactional work.

Mr. Innes has represented clients in some of the most prominent transactions in recent years. He is singled out for his “approachable, professional and appropriately pragmatic” approach, and ranked as a leading individual for Private Equity: Buyouts in Chambers UK (2020), with the guide previously noting him as “a voice of reason” in M&A transactions. He is also noted for his experience in Private Equity Transactions in The Legal 500 UK (2020). Previous editions of the guide have described him as a “highly experienced” lawyer who combines “responsiveness, technical strengths and strong commercial sense.” He has also been described as “very able,” a “good technical lawyer,” “a good executer of deals” and “client friendly and flexible.” He is also recommended for Private Equity by IFLR1000 (2020), and ranked as a Notable Practitioner for Private Equity in Chambers Global (2017).

Mr. Innes has written articles for a wide range of publications, contributes a chapter to Tolley’s Company Law, and regularly speaks at conferences on company law issues. Recent publications include co-authoring “Debevoise & Plimpton Discusses Contingency Planning For Brexit,” The CLS Blue Sky Blog (December, 2017); “US and UK share purchase agreements: comparing approaches,” PLC Magazine (January, 2015); the deal structuring chapter in the Middle East and Africa edition of the BVCA’s International Series (September, 2013); “Mapping The Revised UK Takeover Landscape,” Law360 (September, 2013); “Oh, To Be In England!,” The Daily Deal (January, 2013) and “United Kingdom – Transactions” Getting The Deal Through: Private Equity (2012, 2013 and 2015). Recent speaking engagements include “The Legal Responsibilities of Non-executive Directors,” BVCA Ned Programme (October, 2017); “Warranties and Indemnities,” BVCA Training: Legal Agreements in Private Equity (February, 2017); “New Investment Opportunities in EU Bank Assets Arising from an Evolving Regulatory Landscape,” BVCA Summit – Breakfast Roundtable (October, 2016); “Choices of Law in Acquisitions Agreements: U.S. vs. U.K.,” Practising Law Institute (April, 2013); “Warranties and Indemnities,” British Venture Capital Association (March, 2013); and “Exits: Current Trends in Private Equity Divestments, Including Dual/Triple Tracks, Secondaries and Distressed Situations and Analysis of Recent Deal Terms,” International Bar Association (November, 2012).

Mr. Innes received his B.A. and M.A. in Law from Trinity College, Oxford.


  • University of Oxford, 1986, B.A.

Bar Admissions

  • Solicitor, England & Wales