David Dantzic, a partner in the Washington, D.C. office and former Local Chair of the Corporate Department, has been practicing law since 1994.

Mr. Dantzic has developed particular experience in structuring and negotiating cross-border transactions on behalf of both US and non-US clients. Mr. Dantzic advises clients in a wide range of business sectors, including aerospace/defense and government services, automotive and transportation, industrial, and technology companies on:

  • Public and private mergers and acquisitions
  • Going private transactions
  • Carve-out acquisitions
  • Consortium arrangements
  • Joint ventures

In addition to his work for firm clients, Mr. Dantzic is presently serving as the president of the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia.

Mr. Dantzic’s clients include:

  • Axalta Coatings
  • The Carlyle Group
  • Ciena Corporation
  • Darden Restaurants
  • Platinum Equity
  • PAE
  • Sequa Corporation
  • Nature's Bounty
  • Nouryon

Mr. Dantzic’s experience includes representation of:

  • PAE in connection with its US$1.55 billion cash and stock merger with Gores Holdings III, a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC)
  • The Carlyle Group in connection with its €10.1 billion leveraged acquisition of AkzoNobel’s specialty chemicals business
  • Liberty Tire in connection with its restructuring and subsequent acquisition of Lakin Tire
  • Platinum Equity in connection with its US$860 million acquisition of PAE
  • Veyance Technologies, Inc. in connection with its US$1.9 billion sale to Continental AG
  • Darden Restaurants, Inc. in connection with its US$2.1 billion sale of the Red Lobster restaurant chain to Golden Gate Capital
  • The Carlyle Group in connection with its US$4.9 billion leveraged acquisition of DuPont's Performance Coatings business
  • CoreSite, a US based data center operator that is organized as an REIT, in its initial public offering of common stock
  • The Carlyle Group in connection with its US$4.0 billion acquisition of NYSE-listed NBTY, Inc., a global manufacturer and retailer of nutritional supplements and the subsequent sale to KKR
  • Ciena Corporation in its successful “stalking horse bid” and US$769 million acquisition of Nortel’s Metro Ethernet Networking business
  • The Carlyle Group in connection with its US$2.8 billion acquisition of NYSE-listed Sequa Corporation
  • The Carlyle Group in connection with its US$1.75 billion sale of Standard Aero and Landmark Aviation to Dubai Aerospace Enterprises Limited
  • The Carlyle Group in connection with its US$1.475 billion leveraged acquisition of Goodyear’s Engineered Products Division
  • The Carlyle Group in its investment in the US$15 billion buyout of Hertz
  • The Carlyle Group in its acquisition and subsequent US$650 million sale of Horizon Lines, the largest domestic containerized shipping company in the United States

Bar Qualification

  • District of Columbia


  • JD, Harvard Law School, 1994
  • BA, Cornell University, 1989