David He

David is a partner focused on start-ups and venture capital.

David He
David He
P+65 6800 0895
David He

David works closely with venture funds, startups and technology companies on a variety of matters, including cross-border equity and debt financings, mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings, and corporate governance. He has advised on hundreds of venture-backed deals and has led negotiations involving parties based in the U.S., India, China, Middle East, Africa, Australia and all across Southeast Asia.

David has been recognized by The Legal 500 as a “Next Generation Partner” in the Start-Up and Venture Capital - Foreign Firms in Singapore category. He is recognized by Chambers and Partners and named by the India Business Law Journal’s A-List as one of the top 100 India-focused lawyers at international law firms. David was also listed as one of Asia’s 40 Under 40 Lawyers for 2022 by Asian Legal Business, a Thomson Reuters publication, which recognizes the top young lawyers from international and domestic firms across Greater China, South Korea, Japan, Southeast Asia and India. Most recently, David was featured as a guest on the BRAVE Southeast Asia Tech Podcast.

David serves as outside counsel and has represented a number of startups based in APAC, India, MENA and the UK in their venture financings, M&A and general corporate matters, including: abillion (Singapore), Alerzo (Nigeria), Appsmith (India), AyoConnect (Indonesia), (Indonesia), ErudiFi (Singapore), Fastcargo Logistics (Philippines), Globaleur (South Korea), Jago (Indonesia), Kargo (Indonesia), Khatabook (India), Koppiku (Malaysia), Loop Health (India), Love Bonito (Singapore), Mecho Autotech (Nigeria), MobiusCarbon (UK), PayMongo (Philippines), PickUp Coffee (Philippines), Pinhome (Indonesia), Quincus (Singapore), (India), SaaS Labs (India), Salmon (UAE), SirionLabs (India), Terminal Africa (Nigeria), Terrascope (Singapore), TurtleTree Labs (Singapore), Travtus (UK) and (India).

David also regularly acts as counsel to venture capital and growth equity investors based all over the world, including: Addition, Asia Partners, BEENEXT, EDBI, Greenoaks Capital, Lightspeed India and Lightspeed US, Lone Pine Capital, Matrix Partners, Monk’s Hill Ventures, Nosara Capital, Peak XV, Prosus Ventures, Rocketship, Softbank Ventures Asia, Spark Capital, SIG, Tanglin Venture Partners, Tiger Global, TNB Aura, Valar Ventures and Wavemaker.

Previously, David practiced in the Silicon Valley office of Fenwick & West and the New York office of Davis Polk & Wardwell. David received his J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he served as the Chief Articles Editor of the Columbia Business Law Review. He received his B.S. in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University.

David has passed the Level I examination of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) program. He is a fluent Mandarin speaker and is a member of the State Bars of California and New York.


  • Columbia Law School, J.D.
  • Cornell University, B.S., Applied Economics and Management