ProfessionalsDavid K. Lakhdhir
A partner in the Corporate Department since 1992, David Lakhdhir has particular expertise in cross-border mergers, acquisitions and strategic joint ventures. He has been resident in the firm's London office since 2002.
In recent years, David has acted for a number of leading U.S. financial institutions and private equity investors in acquisitions and exit transactions in a wide range of European and Asian countries, as well as advising European companies in their U.S. M&A transactions. He has advised on major cross-border acquisitions in the financial services, telecommunications, power, entertainment, semiconductor, beverage, outsourcing, Internet and media sectors. He has also advised on the creation of several large-scale international joint ventures involving combinations of companies from the United States, Europe, Japan, Korea, India and Turkey.
From 1993 to 1997, David served as partner-in-charge of the firm’s Tokyo office. His representations during this period included the establishment of the Universal Studios theme park in Osaka; the deleveraging and revitalization of the Doosan Group (a Korean business conglomerate) through a series of M&A transactions; several bank “mega”-mergers; and over $10 billion of equity, hybrid capital and debt offerings for several of Japan’s largest financial institutions.
After joining Paul, Weiss in 1984, David initially focused primarily on U.S. merger and acquisition transactions, including a series of innovative leveraged buy-outs and several hostile takeovers, and was profiled as a so-called “merger whiz kid” in a 1986 Wall Street Journal article.
David is a Director of Human Rights Watch, and Chair of its Policy Committee and Asia Advisory Committee. He is a member of the advisory Council of JUSTICE, a U.K. law reform and human rights organization, and was the Chair of the International Law Committee of the NYC Bar Association from 1999 to 2001. In 1983-84, he was a Visiting Scholar at the Indian Law Institute in New Delhi.