Trent Dykes

David Ryan

Partner, Sydney

david.ryan@dlapiper.comT +61 2 9286 8674

I am a partner in the corporate team in Sydney who enjoys working with people with the drive, vision and self-belief to create something out of nothing by an act of pure will, no matter the obstacles in their way. I know how satisfying that can be, having established my own successful business prior to studying law.

As a corporate transactional lawyer, I cut my teeth advising on some of the largest and most complex M&A, capital markets and restructuring transactions in Australia. Through that work, I developed a knack for quickly coming up with innovative solutions to often complex problems to ensure the success of a deal. I now bring those skills to bear helping dynamic companies and the people who own and invest in them achieve their dreams.

While I enjoy working with entrepreneurs, investors and their companies at various stages of their development, the skills I developed advising on the larger deals means that I am particularly well placed to advise our emerging company clients when they are planning a potentially transformative transaction like an M&A exit or IPO, a merger or a fundraising to fund a strategic acquisition.

Outside of work it's all about family — my wife Ally, our beautiful children Rachel-Marie, Chelsea and Sebastian and our crazy German Shepherd, Maybach — and motorsport. I have competed successfully in motor racing for many years and even managed to win an Australian national title a few years ago. These days, I compete in the Australian Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge, where I often get the chance to meet successful entrepreneurs and business owners who share my passion for the sport.