David provides specialist advice on international trade matters developed through his experience as a trade negotiator. This experience includes several US free trade agreements, including between the US and Australia, and serving as a delegate to the WTO and UN Organisations in Geneva. David has advised many foreign sovereign, Federal and State Government, academic, industry association and private sector clients on a wide variety of international trade matters.
As the Director of MinterEllison's International Trade Group, David specialises in WTO law, free trade agreements, bilateral investment treaties, anti-bribery and corruption, sanctions, export controls, trade remedies, customs matters, regulatory matters affecting trade in goods and services, and a full range of intellectual property law and policy matters.
Prior to joining MinterEllison, David was a trade negotiator for the Office of the United States Trade Representative, in the Executive Office of the President, based in both Washington, DC and Geneva, Switzerland. In addition, David represented the US as counsel and technical expert for WTO dispute resolution.
David has unique expertise to provide advice on a full range of domestic and international trade regulatory requirements, including free trade agreement negotiations, WTO compliance, and treaty implementation. Specific to mining, David has experience drafting software contracts and licences for bespoke applications for utilising augmented reality to visualise subterranean three-dimensional images of mining and extractive sites.
This includes provisions for protection of confidential information and data associated with those sites, export controls and sanctions advice for innovative extractive equipment for global sales, leasing, demonstration and distribution and antibribery and corruption policy advice for investment in mining and extractives interests, including in Russia, South America, Africa and Indo-Pacific.