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David Leinwand

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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton


David Leinwand is a partner based in the New York office. Mr. Leinwand's practice focuses on merger and acquisition transactions. David has represented a broad array of buyers and sellers, as well as their financial advisors, in a wide variety of public and private deals. In particular, he has significant experience advising private equity firms in their acquisitions and dispositions. He also provides advice regarding governance matters and the fiduciary duties of officers and directors to corporations and their boards.


David joined the firm in 1992 and became a partner in 2000. J.D., Harvard Law School (1991); B.S., University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business (1988).


Mr. Leinwand is a member of the Bar in New York.

United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

Private equity buyouts

Within: Private equity buyouts

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has a less strictly-defined private equity practice compared to its natural competitors, with its key partners operating across the corporate transactional spectrum. This approach has not diminished its capability of attracting big-name private clients, which include the likes of TPG, Warburg Pincus, Carlyle and The Raine Group. Moreover, it has succeeded in winning work from non-traditional sponsors such as sovereign wealth funds, pension funds and family offices; these include Temasek and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. The team advised Kindred Healthcare on its $4.1bn acquisition by a consortium of TPG Capital, Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe and Humana; the company was then divided in two, with TPG and Welsh Carson taking exclusive ownership of some specialist assets including long-term acute care hospitals. In another headline deal, it advised Warburg Pincus and Allied Universal (a portfolio company of Wendel) on its $1bn acquisition of US Security Associates from Goldman Sachs. Paul Shim and David Leinwand are the senior figures in the team with both having a long track record of advising TPG and Warburg Pincus respectively. James Langston and Paul Tiger are increasingly prominent members of the private equity community.

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