Mr David Brinton > Clifford Chance > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile

Clifford Chance
NEW YORK, NY 10019-6131
United States

Work Department

M&A corporate, Energy & resources, Private equity, Sovereign wealth


David Brinton engages in a corporate and securities law practice focusing on mergers and acquisitions.

David regularly represents sellers, purchasers and other parties in negotiated cross-border and domestic mergers, acquisitions, reorganizations, joint ventures and investment transactions as well as advising on a variety of financing transactions.

David is experienced in public and private debt and equity offerings by both US and non-US companies with extensive experience advising funds and fund managers.


The University of California, Hastings College of Law (JD), 1985; Springfield College (BS), 1982

Lawyer Rankings

Latin America: International firms > Corporate and M&A

Clifford Chance is relatively unusual in having an established M&A team in Sao Paulo, backed by a number of Latin America-facing M&A specialists in the US and Europe. It is also active in cross-border transactions between Asia and Latin America. It continues to impress in representing corporates and financial investors in Latin America deals and advises a range of businesses in Brazil and other key markets around the region. Energy and infrastructure is a key strength for the team, which has worked on a series of investments in renewable energy projects. It has a numerous Spanish and Portuguese speakers, both Latin American-born practitioners and those that have lived and worked in the region. Although most of its Latin America-focused lawyers are based in the Americas, the firm’s London office has also worked on a series of recent headline deals. David Brinton is a leader in energy and infrastructure deals, and is noted for his experience in financial sponsor investments. Anthony Oldfield is managing partner of the Sao Paulo office and a vastly experienced M&A specialist, with a recent track record in venture capital investments in the Brazilian fintech sector. Thais Garcia is an increasing established talent in M&A and a genuine Latin America expert who now leads many of the firm’s headline deals in the region. Madrid’s Samir Azzouzi is another key figure with a fine record in financial sponsor investments; senior figure Javier Amantegui (corporate/M&A, private equity and investment fund work) also operates from the Spanish capital. At associate level, Carla Ruggero is a talented up-and-comer. The team was further strengthened in June 2023 with the hire of oil-and-gas transactional specialist, David Sweeney (who joined the firm’s new Houston office) from Akin. All named individuals are based in New York unless stated otherwise.

United States > M&A/corporate and commercial > Private equity buyouts: large deals ($500m+)

Clifford Chance represents major clients in the private equity sphere including the likes of KKR, Carlyle, Blackstone, and Rothschild in a diverse range of complex and high-value transactions, utilizing an extensive network of experienced attorneys across the US, London, Paris and Frankfurt. Following the departure of former practice head Gary Boss  in June 2022, the New York-based team is jointly led by Kevin Lehpamer and Neil Barlow, the pair having represented Cinven in a $2.6bn agreement with life science giant Bayer AG, acquiring its Environmental Science Professional business. The team is bolstered by the ‘high quality’ David Brinton , who has particular expertise in the energy, infrastructure and financial sectors.