David S. Allinson

  • Partner
  • Edavid.allinson@lw.com
  • 1271 Avenue of the Americas
  • New York, NY 10020
  • USA
  • T +1.212.906.1749
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Profile

David Allinson, Co-Chair of Latham & Watkins’ New York Corporate Department, counsels leading private equity firms and public companies on a range of complex M&A transactions and general corporate matters.

Mr. Allinson draws on more than two decades of experience serving as a strategic advisor to clients. He applies a commercially focused approach to help clients structure and execute transactions involving diverse industries, with a particular focus on the energy, healthcare, and technology sectors. His clients include multi-industry-focused, energy-focused, infrastructure-focused, and healthcare-focused private equity firms, as well as diverse public and private companies.

Mr. Allinson’s practice encompasses:

  • Leveraged buyouts
  • Take-private transactions
  • Joint ventures
  • Carve-outs
  • Co-investments
  • Corporate governance matters

Mr. Allinson previously served as Global Co-Chair of the firm’s Private Equity and Mergers & Acquisitions Practices.

Accolades

Mr. Allinson has received broad industry recognition as a leading corporate practitioner. Among his honors, he was featured in the Financial Times’ US Innovative Lawyers Report for representing The Blackstone Group in its US$1.5 billion equity investment in Cheniere Energy Partners. He has been profiled by BTI Consulting Group as a Client Service All-Star, and by The New York Times in the publication’s Facebook of Wall Street’s Future list. Mr. Allinson is also regularly cited by The Legal 500 US and Chambers USA for his transactional work, and was recently named a Leading Dealmaker in America by Lawdragon 500.

Experience

Mr. Allinson’s experience includes representing:

  • Inovalon, a leading provider of cloud-based platforms empowering data-driven healthcare, in its US$7.3 billion take-private sale to an equity consortium led by Nordic Capital
  • T-Mobile in its agreement with DISH to divest Sprint’s prepaid businesses and Sprint’s 800 MHz spectrum assets for approximately US$5 billion and on consent decree with the DOJ 
  • ArcLight Capital Partners in a number of transactions, including its: 
    • US$1.92 billion acquisition of PSEG’s 6,750-megawatt fossil generating portfolio
    • US$2.1 billion acquisition with the Blackstone Energy Group of four power plants from American Electric Power 
    • Acquisition and sale of Leeward Renewable Energy 
  • The Blackstone Group in a number of transactions, including its:
    • US$7 billion sale of its stake in Cheniere Energy Partners
    • US$1 billion equity financing of FirstEnergy
  • ReNew Power, an India-based pure-play renewable energy producer, in its US$8 billion business combination with RMG Acquisition Corp. II, a SPAC
  • Property Solutions Acquisition Corp., a SPAC, in its US$3.4 billion business combination with Faraday Future, a developer of electric vehicles
  • RMG Acquisition Corp., a SPAC, in its US$1.3 billion business combination with Romeo Systems, an energy technology company
  • Blue Road Capital in a number of transactions, including its acquisition of Diamond of California from Snyder’s-Lance 
  • Bridgepoint Advisors Limited in its acquisition of Kyriba Corporation 
  • Carlyle Power Partners and Cogentrix Energy in a number of transactions, including the acquisition of Rhode Island State Energy Center 
  • Consonance Capital Partners in a number of transactions, including its:
    • Acquisition of Orsini Pharmaceutical Services
    • Acquisition and sale of Enclara Healthcare
  • CVC Capital in a number of transactions, including the acquisition of The Alpha Corporation of Tennessee 
  • IFM Investors in its acquisition of interests in GTC Global Container 
  • Goldman Sachs’ Merchant Banking division in its acquisition of Capital Vision Services from Atlas Partners and CDPQ 
  • Ribbon Communications in a number of transactions, including:
    • The merger of Sonus Networks and Genband
    • Its acquisition of ECI Telecom Dubai International Capital in its US$1.7 billion sale of MAUSER Group to Clayton, Dubilier & Rice 
  • Global Crossing in its merger with Level 3 Communications 
  • GVC Holdings in its creation of a 50-50 joint venture with MGM Resorts
  • Sabre Holdings in its US$5.4 billion take-private sale to Texas Pacific Group and Silver Lake 

Thought Leadership

  • COVID-19: Due Diligence Considerations for M&A Transactions -  May 13, 2020
  • M&A Commentary - Amendments to Delaware Merger Statutes: An Arrow in Your Quiver, Not a Silver Bullet -  June 13, 2013
  • Treasury Department Pooled Auction Initiative to Sell TARP Investments -  July 24, 2012
  • Martin Marietta’s Bid for Vulcan Stayed -  May 10, 2012
  • PIPEs Survey and Report -  April 1, 2010
  • SmartCapital Newsletter - US Edition, Issue 5 -  May 2007
  • SmartCapital Newsletter - US Edition, Issue 4 -  September 2006
  • SmartCapital Newsletter - US Edition, Issue 3 -  June 2006
  • SmartCapital Newsletter - US Edition, Issue 2 -  March 2006
According to sources:
“A tremendous lawyer; a tireless worker who is always available to discuss complex issues”
“Has enormous experience and intellectual firepower, great commercial sense and knows how to get a deal done”
“Experienced, insightful and a pleasure to work with”Chambers USA 2021
Bar Qualification
  • New York
Education
  • JD, New York University School of Law, 1995
  • BA, Colgate University, 1992
    magna cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa
Industries
  • Energy & Infrastructure
  • Technology
Practices
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Private Equity