One of the leading members of Kirkland's corporate practice and a member of the Firm's Global Executive Management Committee, David focuses his practice on complex mergers and acquisitions including contested and cross-border transactions. He also frequently counsels boards of directors and senior management in connection with crisis situations, in addition to general governance matters.
David recently represented Blackstone in its approximately $26 billion acquisition proposal for Dell and Clearwire Corporation in Sprint's $14 billion acquisition of the remaining stake in Clearwire and the unsolicited competing offer for the company by DISH Networks. Other notable transactions led by David include Duff & Phelps' $665 million sale to Carlyle Group, Bristol-Myers Squibb's $7 billion acquisition of Amylin Pharmaceuticals and Avis Budget Group's $500 million acquisition of Zipcar.
He is representing Given Imaging Ltd. of Israel in its pending $1 billion sale to Covidien plc and represented Avis Budget in its $1 billion acquisition of Avis Europe plc, adding to his considerable international experience, which also includes representing Bristol-Myers in its collaboration arrangement with Reckitt Benckiser for the distribution of several over-the-counter medicines in Latin America; Koor Industries in Makhteshim-Agan Industries' $2.4 billion merger agreement with a subsidiary of ChemChina; and Teva Pharmaceutical in its $5 billion acquisition of ratiopharm, Germany's second largest generics producer.
David has also represented BHP Billiton in its $150 billion offer to acquire Rio Tinto, Cendant Corporation in its separation into four independent, publicly owned companies, Realogy in its $9 billion going-private by Apollo, Travelport in its $4.3 billion sale to an affiliate of Blackstone and Toys "R" Us in its $6.6 billion acquisition by an investment group.
The International Who's Who of Mergers & Acquisitions Lawyers 2013 also named David one of the 10 "Most Highly Regarded Individuals" that stand out worldwide in M&A. He is also listed among an elite group of Tier 1 M&A practitioners in Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business. In 2012, he was named a "Dealmaker of the Year" by The American Lawyer and previously as one of their "45 Under 45." As a contributing author of Kirkland's M&A Update, David's thought leadership has been acknowledged by The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times' Deal Professor and Investment Dealers' Digest.
David is a member of the board of directors at the Park Avenue Armory, which is dedicated to giving one of America's historic treasures a new life as a center for performing and visual arts. He also serves on the board of New Alternatives for Children, which provides crucial support to families caring for medically fragile children. David lives in New York with his wife and daughter.