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David Mendel

Partner

David is incredibly thoughtful and responsive, making him a joy to work with. I feel confident that the advice provided will steer our organisation correctly.

Client quotation, Chambers UK 2023

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About David Mendel

David advises clients on share-scheme arrangements for senior executives and employees, all aspects of employment law as well as corporate governance matters.

He regularly acts on some of the largest public M&A transactions, where he advises on the UK Takeover Code and how the deal may impact employees, and share options and awards. On international private M&A transactions, David specialises in business transfers, information and consultation obligations, and retention arrangements.

David also helps clients with sensitive employment law issues, such as senior executive appointments and terminations, employee investigations and redundancy exercises. He has acted on injunctions and claims for breach of contract in the High Court and unfair dismissal, whistleblowing and discrimination claims in the employment tribunal.

He has a keen interest in the impact of technology on employment law.

David is ranked in Chambers as part of our Band 1 Employee Share Schemes and Incentives practice.

Recent work

  • Advising Comcast on its £30.6bn acquisition of Sky. Read more about the deal in our case study.
  • Advising London Stock Exchange Group on the employment and incentives aspects of its proposed $28bn merger with Deutsche Börse; its acquisition of Refinitiv; its acquisition of Frank Russell Company (and the related rights issue).
  • Advising SSE on the proposed spin off and merger of its retail business with nPower and subsequent sale of SSE's retail business to Ovo Energy.
  • Advising BG Group on its $70bn takeover by Royal Dutch Shell.
  • Various employment disputes in the High Court, including securing an interim injunction against an employee who moved to a competitor and defending claims for breach of contract.
  • Various employment tribunal litigation in relation to unfair dismissal, discrimination and whistleblowing.
  • Advising on a range of other public and private transactions including: the takeover of Jimmy Choo by Michael Kors; the merger of Xstrata and Glencore; and advising ABB on the sale of its powergrids business to Hitachi.

Qualifications

Education

  • BPP Law School, UK (legal practice course, distinction)
  • New College, University of Oxford, UK (BA in jurisprudence, first class)

Professional memberships

  • Employment Lawyers’ Association
  • SharePlan Lawyers