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David M. Blumental

David M. Blumental

Latham & Watkins LLP

Central Hong Kong, HKG

David Blumental advises Asia-based and other international clients on a wide range of cross-border transactions – mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, joint ventures, foreign direct investment and projects, and related cross-border disputes and compliance matters. He has a focus on the energy and natural resources industries, and has represented clients on upstream oil and gas, LNG project development and long-term offtake agreements, petrochemicals, chemicals and mining projects in North and South America, Southeast Asia, Africa, China, the Middle East, Russia, Central Asia and Australia. Mr. Blumental has worked in Asia for nearly 20 years. He serves as Global Co-chair of the firm’s Oil & Gas Industry Group.


Mr. Blumental’s practice focuses on:

  • Cross-border mergers, acquisitions and divestitures 
  • Joint ventures 
  • Project development and financing 
  • Private equity investments

In addition to advising on transactional matters, Mr. Blumental regularly counsels clients on cross-border litigation, arbitration, compliance and corporate governance matters involving Chinese or other Asian parties.


JD, University of California, Berkeley, 1999

Certificate in Advanced Graduate Studies, Peking University, 1992

M.A., Stanford University, 1991

Certificate in Advanced Studies, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced Int'l Studies (Nanjing), 1989

BA, Middlebury College, 1988

Bar Qualifications



Chinese (Mandarin), English, French, Spanish, Chinese (Shanghai)

Recognition Highlights

Who’s Who Legal: The World’s Leading Energy Lawyers 2015

China, Energy & Natural Resources (International Firms) (Band 1)

David Blumental is "an excellent attorney" who "really understands the issues," sources say. His familiarity with the Chinese oil and gas sectors is also noted as an asset by clients.

Chambers Asia-Pacific 2014

Sources note that David Blumental is "well respected," with one identifying his deep understanding of both the Chinese and the international markets as a distinct advantage. His advice is often sought by Chinese oil and gas corporations, particularly in connection with their outbound investments and acquisitions.

Asia-Pacific Region, Energy & Natural Resources (Band 2)

Chambers Global 2014

“David Blumental is described as ‘an excellent lawyer’ and is noted for his language skills in Mandarin, French and Shanghainese.”


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