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David Dawborn
Senior International Counsel

David is a partner of Herbert Smith Freehills who has been based in Jakarta for 30 years. He advises on M&A, energy, projects, finance and capital market transactions.

+62 21 3973 6102
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Consistently recognised as one of Indonesia’s leading international lawyers, David advises on a diverse range of cross-border corporate, commercial and financial transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, securities, as well as natural resources and infrastructure projects.

David is a respected adviser to a list of regular blue-chip clients including Rio Tinto, Temasek, Goldman Sachs, China Investment Corporation, Alibaba, Deutsche Bank, Willis Towers Watson, Mars, Diageo, Sumitomo and Mitsubishi.


Having worked in Jakarta since the early 1990s, David is fluent in spoken and written Bahasa Indonesia.