Areas of Expertise

Acquisitions & disposals, Capital raisings, Initial public offerings (IPOs), Takeovers/schemes of arrangements, Corporations Act/ASX Listing Rules compliance

David Schiavello is a specialist mergers & acquisitions and equity capital markets lawyer, who prides himself on delivering successful outcomes for his clients. He is highly sought after for his passion to provide service of the highest quality.

In addition to public and private M&A and equity capital markets, David is also experienced in corporate and commercial advisory and corporate governance across a number of sectors, including technology, retail, professional services and telecommunications. David is especially regarded for his expertise in drafting and negotiating complex purchase price mechanisms in sale and purchase agreements.

David enjoys building strong relationships with his clients, and is focused on understanding their business drivers and objectives, to ensure his advice is always commercially relevant.

What others say

"David's clients say he "has a unique understanding of both private and public M&A related transactions with a strong ability to negotiate technical points whilst explaining them in simple terms. His interpersonal skills make him exceptionally approachable and his competence across a broad range of industries and transaction structures make him an invaluable advisor in any M&A related transactions"
Legal 500 Asia Pacific
"Leading Lawyer – Australia, Equity Capital Markets"
Best Lawyers Peer Review 2021-2025
"Leading Lawyer, Business and Commercial Law"
Doyle's Guide 2021


Incannex Healthcare

Advising on the delisting of previously dual ASX and Nasdaq listed Incannex Healthcare from ASX and the re-domiciliation of that Australian company to Delaware, USA as a solely Nasdaq listed entity. The delisting and re-domiciliation of the A$150 million market capitalisation company occurred by way of separate schemes of arrangement with Incannex Healthcare's shareholders and optionholders.

Octopus Deploy

Advising the shareholders of Octopus Deploy, an Australian based global leader in continuous delivery and deployment automation on the sale of a minority stake to US venture capital firm Insight Partners for US$172.5 million.

Freight Management Holdings

Advising the shareholders of Freight Management Holdings (the owners of leading 4PL service provider efm Logistics) in the several transactions involving Singapore Post. Through these four transactions, in each of the years 2020 through 2023, Singapore Post has acquired 100% of Freight Management Holdings for a total of around A$500 million. Our team advised the FMH shareholders through every step of each transaction.

City Chic Collective

Advising ASX-listed City Chic Collective on its $80 million institutional placement and share purchase plan, and on the Australian legal aspects of City Chic Collective's acquisition of the eCommerce assets of Catherines from NASDAQ-listed Ascena Retail Group, which coincided with the equity capital raise.

Accommodation & Care Solutions

Advising aged and disability care provider Accommodation & Care Solutions on its $62 million sale to ASX-listed Zenitas Healthcare Limited and a consortium led by Adamantem Capital and Liverpool Partners. David's advice extended to driving an overwhelmingly successful outcome for our client on a post-completion earn-out dispute.

Readify Limited

Advising the shareholders of software and app developer Readify Limited, which included private equity, institutional shareholders and senior management, on the sale of Readify to Telstra Corporation Limited. This deal took place as part of a competitive sale process and our role included advising the board of Readify on the merits of competing bids and helping the board and shareholders elect Telstra's offer as the best offer.