David Lewis > DLA Piper LLP (US) > Phoenix, United States > Lawyer Profile

DLA Piper LLP (US)
2525 EAST CAMELBACK ROAD SUITE 1000
PHOENIX, AZ 85016-4232
United States
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Work Department

Corporate; Capital Markets; Mergers and Acquisitions; Private Equity; Emerging Growth and Venture Capital; Education; Technology

Position

Chair, US Education Sector

Career

David Lewis focuses his practice in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, public and private securities offerings, other complex corporate transactions and the general representation of public and private companies.

His clients operate in a number of different industries, including education, technology, financial services, real estate, consumer products, gaming, airlines and media.

David serves as ongoing corporate and securities counsel for both publicly traded and private companies. In this role, he counsels boards and senior management teams on all aspects of corporate governance, disclosure and securities law compliance, as well as on their duties under state and federal law and under the rules and regulations of the NYSE and Nasdaq. He has led public and private companies through dozens of domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions ranging in value from the low millions to over US$1 billion. He also represents public and private issuers and investors in corporate finance transactions, including initial and follow-on equity offerings, public and 144A debt offerings, securitizations and other private offerings involving a broad range of debt and equity securities.

David is a co-founder of DLA Piper’s Education Sector, a cross-disciplinary group of lawyers experienced in the representation of education companies and institutions, and has represented education clients in connection with numerous acquisitions, dispositions, investments, financings, and compliance matters.

Education

B.A., Dartmouth College; M.A., Duke University; J.D., Duke University School of Law

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Finance > Capital markets: debt

DLA Piper LLP (US)’ issuer-focused debt practice had a strong showing in the real estate sector over the past year. Notable highlights included New York-based Christopher Giordano advising global REIT WP Carey on a €500m notes offering on the Irish Stock Exchange. In addition, Phoenix-based David Lewis assisted STORE Capital with its $350m senior notes offering. Other significant areas of experience include TMT, cross-border offerings and energy and natural resources. The group also handles underwriter-side work. Finance chair Jamie Knox, who recently advised US Steel on a $650m notes offering, and capital markets chair Christopher Paci are key contacts in New York office.

United States > M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m)

DLA Piper LLP (US)‘s ‘responsive and communicative practice‘ fields lawyers with sector expertise in a range of industries, including technology, life sciences, healthcare and real estate; the practice is also experienced in deals involving franchising and distribution, insurance, manufacturing, and business and financial services. It acts in a variety of complex transactions, including stock-for-stock mergers, management buyouts, tender offers, proxy contests, cross-border acquisitions, and divisional purchases and sales; the team also advises special committees of boards on contests for control, including hostile bids and proxy contests, and assists with diligence and structuring issues, including tax, antitrust and IP. Active key clients include Sodexo, Grand Canyon Education, Rolls-Royce Power Systems and ASB Capital Management. New York-based US M&A chair Jonathan Klein assisted Sodexo, a Paris-based global food services and facilities management company, with its acquisition of Centerplate, a US-based sports and entertainment venue hospitality provider; Phoenix’s US education sector chair David Lewis led advice to Grand Canyon Education on its sale of Grand Canyon University (GCU) to a nonprofit entity, which led to GCU becoming one of the largest nonprofit universities in the country; Chicago partner Andrew Weil acted for Rolls-Royce Power Systems in the sale of its Germany-based fuel injector business, L’Orange, to US-based Woodward; and co-global private equity chair and co-US corporate group chair Joseph Alexander Jr, who divides his time between Dallas, Atlanta, Miami and New York, advised ASB Capital Management, one of the largest institutional investment management firms in the Washington DC area, on the sale of Infomart Data Centers’ Dallas operations to Equinix, which included the Infomart Dallas building. Other key advisers include US corporate co-chair John Gilluly, who divides his time between Houston, Austin and Dallas, San Diego office managing partner Jeff Baglio, and co-chair of the Northern California corporate and finance practice Eric Wang, who is based in both Silicon Valley and San Francisco. Recent growth for the Austin corporate practice saw the firm hire a team of six former Jackson Walker, L.L.P. partners, who advise institutional investors on investments and secondary transactions; Steven Bartz, who is experienced in fund formation, private equity, joint ventures and strategic alliances, joined the Dallas office from Thompson & Knight LLP; and Kevin Grant, who acts for strategic and financial buyers and sellers in both US domestic and cross-border M&A, and Emilio Ragosa were recruited in New Jersey from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, where Ragosa led the corporate group in the Princeton office. Also of note, Thomas Gaynor and Jinjian Huang joined the San Francisco office in 2019.