David Heathcote

Global Client Lead Partner

KPMG Australia

David is a veteran of the international banking scene. He spent the first two decades of his career working for financial services organisations, where he honed his skills around a wide suite of debt and corporate finance solutions.

David made the successful transition from investment banking to professional services in 2009, after returning from the UK to lead the Australian Debt Advisory business. He now proudly states he has been at KPMG longer than any other institution during his career, which has allowed him to take on many diverse and challenging roles, including National Managing Partner for Deals, Tax & Legal, Service Group Head for Deal Advisory, Global Head of Debt Advisory and KPMG’s Global Lead Partner for a large global financial services group.

David has transitioned out of his Executive roles, to take on a full time role leading one of Australia’s largest Corporate accounts. “I like the challenge of providing solutions where 1 + 1 = 3. It can be complex and challenging at the same time, but creating value and finding solutions for clients where others can’t is really very rewarding.” He also loves working in partnership with valued clients, “where you are leveraging off different skill-sets from across the firm globally to get an optimal outcome”.

Among other things, David’s years in the United Kingdom taught him how not to behave. “Witnessing the financial crisis in London first hand, you saw how important your own ethics and morals were in building sustainability and resilience in your work.”

  • Banking
  • Deal Advisory
  • Financial Services
  • International Markets
  • Large corporates
  • Legal Services
  • National Markets
  • Tax
  • Transactions
  • Masters of Applied Finance, Macquarie University, Melbourne

  • Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance & Investment, Securities Institute of Australia

  • Bachelor of Economics, Monash University, Melbourne