Summary

David handles complex corporate transactions, particularly mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, joint ventures and strategic commercial relationships. David has particular experience in the payments industry, handling acquisitions of payments-related businesses and assisting clients with payment processing agreements and other technology-related services agreements in the Fintech industry.

Prior to joining Taft, David was a partner in the corporate group of Eversheds Sutherland (US), LLP in Atlanta, Ga.

Awards

  • Honoree, Best Lawyers in America, Mergers and Acquisitions Law (2021)

  • Honoree, Leading Lawyers, Mergers & Acquisitions (2019)

  • Honoree, Georgia Super Lawyers® Rising Stars (2005 – 2012)

  • Honoree, The Legal 500 United States, Mergers Acquisitions and Buyouts (2009)

All Service Areas

Education

  • Emory University School of Law (1999)

    with honors

  • Vanderbilt University (1996)

    cum laude

Admissions

  • State - Ohio
  • State - Kentucky
  • State - Georgia

Notable Matters

  • Represented publicly-traded financial services company in the acquisition of multiple growth companies in the Fintech and payments industry.
  • Represented venture-backed technology business in its sale to European software company for $35 million.
  • Represented international services firm in the acquisition of a technology services business with operations in the United States, the United Kingdom, Brazil, Hungary, and Japan.
  • Represented public company diversified industrials business in divestiture of subsidiary for $185 million.
  • Represented food and agribusiness concern in the acquisition of a food manufacturing business for $500 million.
  • Represented consumer products company in a merger with a public company in a transaction valued at $2.6 billion.
  • Represented publicly traded infrastructure business in its sale and the separate split off of a related business in a private securities offering in a transaction valued at $120 million.
  • Represented food company in acquisition of well-known consumer brand for $43 million.
  • Represented private equity sponsor in formation of multiple funds.

Speeches and Publications

Acquisition of Privately-Held Company: Drafting Points for the Stock Purchase Agreement, Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia – Negotiated Corporate Acquisitions Program, February 2017.

Negotiating Letters of Intent: Using the Tools and Avoiding the Traps – Corporate and Litigation Perspectives, 36th Annual Business Law Institute, October 2017.

Insuring M&A Success: A Practical Guide for Utilizing Representation and Warranty Insurance, 35th Annual Business Law Institute, October 2016.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association

    Member, Mergers and Acquisitions Committee

Community Involvement

  • Ohio Justice and Policy Center

    Board of Directors