David Lai

David Lai


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David’s experiences have primarily been in the private sector, advising Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) 200 clients and entrepreneurs on matters including working capital optimisation, capital restructure liquidity risk, and mergers and acquisitions (M&A). He brings a combination of local and international experience, having worked abroad in Washington DC and Singapore. Notably, he has held prior roles as a consultant with a financial services focus at a ‘big four’ bank and as an analyst at a leading Australian investment bank and global M&A boutique.

Influential work

  • Working capital optimisation of a $300m funds-from-operations ASX50 real estate investment trust, resulting in streamlined transaction systems and substantial cost savings.
  • Scenario analysis of an ASX20 energy provider to verify commodity price forecasts and hedging positions
  • Debt restructure and refinancing for an independent schools association
  • Sell-side advisory for a managed service IT provider; including recommendations to enhance operating restructure, unique value proposition design and revenue growth strategies
  • Buy-side advisory for an international equipment hire company; involving target analysis, merger modelling and transaction management.

Outside of Nous

Beyond work, David is a conference coordinator and advisor to a not-for-profit organisation that seeks to empower high school and university students from disadvantaged areas with the skills and knowledge to make a positive impact in their communities. He holds bachelors of law and commerce from The University of Sydney.

In his spare time...

David is an avid tennis player, having represented his high school, university and district at the highest levels. He also enjoys playing the guitar and piano.