Our Team

David Perkins

Com­mer­cial Finance, Cor­po­rate

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. 


  • Cor­po­rate
  • Com­mer­cial
  • 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

Practice & Industry Sectors

  • M&A & Private Equity
  • Banking & Finance


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

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