David is chair of the firm’s Corporate & Securities practice group and co-chair of the Cross-Border and International practice group. For over 30 years, David has advised management and boards of directors of public and private companies throughout the country and as U.S. counsel for international clients, in complex corporate transactions, securities offerings and governance matters, as well as day-to-day general corporate, securities compliance and executive compensation matters. Having previously served as the acting general counsel of a publicly held company and having directed them through a transformational transaction and byzantine tax issues, he also frequently serves as outside general counsel to his clients.
David represents issuers in registered public equity and debt offerings (including initial public offerings, primary and secondary offerings and rights offerings) and public and private placements of equity and debt securities, as well as investors and borrowers in private equity and venture capital investments.
David’s clients span a broad range of industries – energy, mining, insurance, technology, manufacturing and many more – and he provides strategic counsel to their officers and directors on mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, dispositions, public and private tender offers and proxy contests. He has significant experience helping clients develop and implement effective strategies to overcome the multifaceted challenges in seeking to preserve and monetize net operating losses (NOLs).
David has a rare ability to build an extraordinary level of trust with clients based on his strong technical skills and his devotion to understanding every aspect of their operations, competitive environments and long-term objectives. This comprehensive approach enables him to develop strategies tailored to each distinct set of circumstances and navigate his clients through the numerous challenges and opportunities they encounter throughout the life cycle of their businesses. According to his clients, “He understands and does a very effective job of managing the day-to-day governance issues and the various matters that come up during the year.” David “provides excellent advice and counsel from a practical as well as legal point of view,” and “he thinks like a business leader, so he is that much more valuable.”
David has been recognized in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (recommended in “Corporate/M&A & Private Equity”) in every year since 2010, and in Chambers USA’s Energy: Mining & Metals (Transactional) Nationwide and Global categories, since their respective introductions in 2016 and 2017. In the words of David’s clients, “His representation is comprehensive and always on point. We depend upon him for business as well as legal advice, and he has never disappointed us.”