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 frequently counsels boards of directors and senior management in connection with crisis situations, activism defense and general governance matters, and special committees on buyout proposals and strategic alternatives.
Over the course of his 30-year career, David has worked with a myriad of prominent public and private companies and financial sponsors on their most important transactions. His deal experience spans an assortment of diverse industries and regularly involves cross-border engagements including recent transactions in the UK, Germany, Australia, China and Israel.
The International Who’s Who of M&A Lawyers named David one of the 10 “Most Highly Regarded Individuals” worldwide in M&A. In 2016, The Legal 500 U.S. selected David for its elite “Leading Lawyers” list for M&A: Large Deals ($1BN+). He is also listed among “The Elite” in New York for Corporate/M&A by Chambers USA and Chambers Global and was highlighted by clients as “one of the top M&A super-large deal transactional lawyers at the top of his game.” David has been named a “Dealmaker of the Year” by The American Lawyer and a “star partner” in The Lawyer’s “Transatlantic Elite.”
As a contributing author of Kirkland M&A Update, David's thought leadership is frequently recognized by major news publications like The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times and in academic circles such as Harvard Law School's Program on Corporate Governance, where he is also a member of the advisory board.
David is a member of the board of directors at the Park Avenue Armory, which is dedicated to giving one of America’s historic architectural treasures new life as a center for performing and visual arts, and the board of New Alternatives for Children, which provides crucial support to families caring for medically fragile children. He is also on the Board of Governors of the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. David lives in Manhattan with his wife and daughter.