Our Team

David Perkins


I spe­cialise in cor­po­rate law, cap­i­tal rais­ing and com­mer­cial law. With a back­ground in bank­ing law where I was the chief legal offi­cer and a com­pa­ny sec­re­tary for an inter­na­tion­al bank, I have been in pri­vate legal prac­tice in the finan­cial ser­vices indus­try in my own firm since 2002. In that time I have devel­oped a sig­nif­i­cant fol­low­ing of clients in the cor­po­rate advi­so­ry and cap­i­tal rais­ing areas, my prac­tice also includes many areas of gen­er­al com­mer­cial law. This unique com­bi­na­tion adds sig­nif­i­cant depth to Swaab’s cor­po­rate and com­mer­cial practice. 


My recent expe­ri­ence includes: 

  • For­ma­tion and restruc­ture of for­eign banks in Australia
  • Merg­er of ASX list­ed companies
  • $500 mil­lion US$ note issue by major ASX list­ed infra­struc­ture company
  • $100 mil­lion plus Accel­er­at­ed rights Enti­tle­ment Offer for ASX list­ed resource company
  • Var­i­ous under­writ­ten and non-under­writ­ten cap­i­tal rais­ings (IPO, rights issues, place­ments, secu­ri­ty pur­chase plans and con­vert­ible note issues) total­ing in excess of $2 bil­lion for ASX list­ed companies
  • Aus­tralian Finan­cial Ser­vices Licence appli­ca­tions and amend­ment of licence conditions
  • Unwind­ing of long estab­lished pri­vate com­pa­ny with assets in excess of $50 mil­lion and res­o­lu­tion of con­tentious share­hold­er disputes
  • Due Dili­gence to sup­port merg­ers and acquisitions
  • Cor­po­rate inves­ti­ga­tion and Reports
  • Estab­lish­ment of var­i­ous com­pa­nies includ­ing share­hold­er agree­ments, joint devel­op­ment agree­ments and similar
  • Rep­re­sen­ta­tion of for­eign shareholders
  • Res­o­lu­tion of com­plex con­trac­tu­al disputes
  • Set­tle­ment of var­i­ous share­hold­er disputes
  • Devel­op­ment of finan­cial prod­ucts in Aus­tralia and Asia: invest­ment prod­ucts, trans­ac­tion ser­vices prod­ucts and pay­ment platforms
  • Var­i­ous prop­er­ty trans­ac­tions; acqui­si­tions, dis­pos­als, sub­di­vi­sion and leases


  • Corporate and commercial advice
  • Corporate governance and compliance
  • Board best practice
  • ASX listing rules
  • Equity capital markets transactions including IPOs
  • Debt financing
  • Mergers & acquisitions
  • Financial services industry regulation
  • Financial product development

Roles, memberships and education

  • Member: Law Society of New South Wales
  • Fellow: Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Fellow: Governance Institute of Australia
  • Fellow: Institute of chartered secretaries and administrators
  • BJuris. Bachelor of Jurisprudence
  • LLB: Bachelor of Law
  • Grad Dip CM: Graduate Diploma of Corporate Management
  • AICD Company Directors Course
  • Solicitor and Notary Public