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Overview

A trusted adviser on both domestic and cross-border transactions, David develops comprehensive legal solutions for investors, acquirers and sellers.

Considered one of Utah’s leading corporate lawyers, David has decades of experience helping clients successfully close sophisticated deals at home and abroad. Public and private companies routinely rely on David’s familiarity with U.S. and foreign markets to negotiate and finance a wide range of transactions. He has guided clients across numerous industries, including manufacturing, technology, healthcare, food, cosmetics, construction, hospitality and sports.

David frequently advises clients regarding:

  • Corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, minority investments, strategic alliances, and asset sales and purchases
  • Private equity and venture capital investments
  • Intra-company mergers and reorganizations
  • Debt and equity financing
  • Corporate governance

David has resided outside the United States for much of his career — including over a decade in Mexico City — and clients appreciate the unique cultural and commercial understanding he brings to international business transactions. Regardless of whether he is assisting a Utah-based business expand within the state or navigating the complexities of an international deal, he’s sensitive to each client’s unique goals, challenges and opportunities and strives for optimal positioning every time.


Industries

Services

Recognition

  • The Legal 500 United States, Mergers and Acquisitions, 2019
  • Chambers USA, Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions Law, 2003-2020
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions, Venture Capital, 2006-2021
  • Lawyer of the Year, Venture Capital Law, Salt Lake City, 2017
  • Utah Business, Legal Elite, International and M&A
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent

Education

  • J.D., Pepperdine University School of Law
  • B.A., Brigham Young University

Admissions

  • Utah
  • District of Columbia

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Inter-American Bar Association (IABA)
  • Utah State Bar, Business Law Section
  • Utah Technology Council (UTC)

Languages

  • Spanish, fluent
Experience

International Corporate

  • Represented successful bidder for expansion of international airport.
  • Represented dietary supplement company in connection with establishment of manufacturing facility and retail outlets in China.
  • Represented U.S. provider of telephone and internet services in connection with obtaining license from Mexico's state-owned railroad company and Ministry of Communication and Transport to provide telephone and internet services, to lay cable in railroad right of way and various related joint ventures with international telecommunications companies.
  • Represented major U.S.-based hospitality owner/developer in variety of financing transactions, and in connection with its acquisition of license from Mexican government–owned oil company (Pemex), to own and operate travel plazas, and related Mexican joint venture and financing.
  • Represented U.S.-based personal care products company in expanding operations in more than 23 countries.
  • Represented U.S. subsidiary, world's largest mineral company, in connection with international joint development agreement with regard to multimillion dollar technology.
  • Represented U.S.-based energy developer in connection with development and financing of gas-fired co-generation facility in Peru.
  • Represented transdermal drug delivery company in strategic alliances with leading global medical device, laboratory and biopharmaceutical companies.
  • Represented U.S. data processing company in connection with establishment of Mexican maquiladora.
  • Represented contact lens company in connection with cooperation agreement with U.S. subsidiary of large Italian-owned optical chain, providing for joint marketing and development of national physician network.
  • Represented contact lens company in connection with joint venture with large Japanese optical chain, providing for sale and marketing of contact lenses in Japan and joint development of proprietary contact lens.
  • Represented hospitality owner/developer and its affiliate in connection with offering and processing of debit cards in Mexico, and related international, corporate and regulatory issues.
  • Represented large apparel retail chain with manufacturing facilities in China and Mexico, in import/export and customs matters.
  • Represented Chinese public company in restructuring of its U.S. geothermal operations.
  • Represented California-based electric power conservation technology company developed at Cal State Irvine in connection with its international joint venture, licensing, distribution and manufacturing matters related to Latin America.
  • Represented large manufacturer of specialty gases regarding export of equipment and products to Taiwan, and structuring of manufacturing and supply arrangement with Taiwanese company.

International and Domestic Compliance

  • Represented Utah's largest exporter of commodities in ongoing trade compliance matters.
  • Represented Utah's largest exporter of commodities in internal investigation and related governmental inquiry into alleged trade violations.
  • Represented large multi-national consumer products company in internal investigation of its Latin American operations.

International M&A and Restructuring

  • Represented U.S. cable television consortium in connection with acquisition of cable TV systems in Mexico and the Caribbean.
  • Represented leading television provider in connection with its acquisitions in various countries in Latin America, including a joint venture with the Chilean telephone company.
  • Represented regional infrastructure construction company in merger with large Irish public company.
  • Represented large Mexican boot manufacturer in connection with its acquisition of its U.S. distributor.
  • Represented medical device company in connection with cash and stock-for-assets acquisition of Singapore company and its Chinese affiliates (including manufacturing facility and related intellectual property), and related financing with large U.S. bank and DBS Bank.
  • Represented German industrial company and its foreign subsidiaries in its sale of stock to large U.S. public company.
  • Represented dietary supplement business in spin-off of foreign subsidiaries in Chile, Argentina, Malaysia and Colombia.
  • Represented medical device business in cash and stock-for-assets acquisition of United Kingdom company (including manufacturing facility and related intellectual property) and related financing.
  • Represented contact lens company in connection with sale of joint venture interest to large Japanese optical chain.
  • Represented Swedish manufacturer of sports equipment in attempted acquisition of specialty company.
  • Represented large aerospace manufacturing company in connection with acquisition of aerospace component manufacturing company and related manufacturing facilities in China, Germany and Mexico.
  • Represented major Canadian cooperative in its acquisition of national sporting goods chain.
  • Represented large Canadian cooperative in sale of stock and assets of its U.S. operations to major U.S. sporting goods retailer and separate real estate holding company, including 50+ locations nationwide.

Regional M&A, Joint Ventures and Restructuring

  • Represented municipal client in connection with its acquisition of professional Utah hockey franchise.
  • Represented national commercial real estate, media and professional sports company in multi-million dollar acquisition of national marketing and media company located in qualified Opportunity Zone.
  • Represented Utah-founded personal care products company in various intracompany mergers and reorganizations.
  • Represented medical imaging equipment corporation in its merger with world's primary diagnostic medical systems corporation in stock purchase of nearly $5M.
  • Represented regional internet business in connection with its acquisitions of 15 strategic internet technology/network/web hosting companies.
  • Represented computer memory and data storage producer in connection with its acquisition of three internet service providers (ISPs), web hosting and internet services companies.
  • Represented telecommunications carrier in connection with its acquisition of another major long-distance service company.
  • Represented cardiac ultrasound company in its merger with medical software company.
  • Represented Utah-based technology company in its merger with high-speed satellite ISP.
  • Represented Utah-based software company in its merger with telecommunications provider.
  • Represented prominent Utah family in connection with contested acquisition of venture capital firm.
  • Represented large regional data center in disposition of minority interest to private equity firm.
  • Represented pipeline supply company in disposition of its assets to strategic buyer (two tranches).
  • Represented regional petroleum logistics and marketing company in disposition of its western U.S. operations.
  • Represented Utah-based hedge fund in its sale of stock to large Minneapolis-based hedge fund.
  • Represented large consumer finance company in a sale of 75 percent interest to a large, New York private equity firm.
  • Represented large private equity fund in its acquisition of aircraft components manufacturing company.
  • Represented eyewear client in its sale to Boston-based private equity fund. Transaction included spin-off of eye care division (frames, lenses and virtual try-on intellectual property) to large Italian optical company.
  • Represented family in sale of majority interest of world-famous ski and summer resort, including real estate and resort assets and operations, to private equity fund with other resort portfolios.
  • Represented regional leasing and financial servicing corporation in its merger with national bank.
  • Represented large Rocky Mountain-based finance software company, in sale to national auto lender.
  • Represented legal outsourcing company to private equity-backed legal outsourcing and eDiscovery company.
  • Represented large regional data center in sale to large private equity-backed buyer.
  • Represented a large West Slope data center in a sale to a publicly traded real estate investment trust (REIT).
  • Represented online optical frames and lens manufacturer in acquisition by leading U.S. retailer of contact lenses.
  • Represented large Utah-based maker of thaw-to-serve cookies and brownies, and frozen cookie dough, to large national food services company.
  • Represented a multi-regional commercial lighting supply company in a buyout by its employees.
  • Represented a California-based alternative energy company utilizing novel wind turbine technology in power generation, together with related acquisition, joint venture and financing matters.
  • Represented data centers client in recap and investment by national lender.
  • Represented large scrapbooking company in sale to New York City–based private equity fund.
Community Leadership
  • World Trade Center, Board of Trustees
  • Mexico Utah Business Council, Chairman ex officio, Board of Trustees
  • U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, Utah Advisory Counsel
  • Wayne Brown Institute, Board of Trustees

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