David Kurzweil, former Global Co-Chair of Latham & Watkins' Power Industry Group, advises leading US and international private equity funds and companies on a range of complex M&A and joint venture transactions.
Mr. Kurzweil’s multifaceted practice includes public and private company deals on behalf of a variety of principals, special committees, private equity and leveraged buyout funds, and financial advisors. He draws on his prior experience working in the London office of a global law firm to regularly advise both domestic and international entities in multijurisdictional transactions. His deal work covers diverse industries, with a particular focus on the energy, infrastructure, and financial services sectors.
Mr. Kurzweil also provides general corporate advice to both public and private companies.
A nationally recognized M&A practitioner, Mr. Kurzweil has been regularly featured in Chambers USA and The Legal 500 US for his prominent transactional work.
Mr. Kurzweil serves on the Board of Directors of StreetWise Partners, a nonprofit organization that works with low-income individuals to overcome employment barriers, obtain better jobs, and achieve economic self-sufficiency by creating deep mentoring relationships with volunteer business professionals. He is also on the Board of Visitors of Columbia Law School, a group of distinguished alumni who represent the diversity of experiences, interests, and places embraced by Columbia Law School.
Mr. Kurzweil previously served as Co-Chair of the firm’s New York Corporate Department.
Mr. Kurzweil’s experience includes advising:
Private Equity and Financial Sponsor Representations
- Energy Capital Partners in numerous transactions, including (i) the US$17 billion acquisition of Calpine, (ii) a joint venture bid with Dynegy to buy Engie SA’s US power plants, (iii) the US$1.94 billion acquisition of Wheelabrator Technologies from Waste Management and the subsequent sale to Macquarie Infrastructure Partners, (iv) the US$1.1 billion take-private of EnergySolutions, (v) the sale of FirstLight Power Enterprises to GDF Suez, (vi) the US$3.45 billion sale of Equipower Resources and Brayton Point Holdings to Dynegy, and (vii) the pending sale of a 40% stake in Terra-Gen power Holdings II to First State Investments
- Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co in a number of matters, including its (i) acquisition of Internet Brands, (ii) approximately US$2.4 billion acquisition of majority ownership of Sedgwick Claims Management Services, and subsequent sell down to CDPQ, and (iii) acquisition and subsequent disposition of Alliant Insurance Services
- Consortium of investors led by Macquarie in its (i) US$7.4 billion acquisition of Puget Energy, and (ii) US$3.5 billion acquisition of Spirit Finance
- Aquiline Capital Partners in a number of matters, including its (i) sale of ENGS Commercial Finance to Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance Company, and (ii) sale of Worley Claims Services to Kohlberg & Company
Strategic Client Representations
- Vistra Energy in (i) the US$350 million acquisition of the Odessa Power Plant and (ii) the pending acquisition of Crius Energy Trust
- National Semiconductor in its US$6.5 billion sale to Texas Instruments
- Rakuten in the acquisitions, of Viki, a provider of online video streaming services, and Buy.com
- A large global utility in a number of acquisitions, including acquisitions of utilities in South America and the US, as well as a number of dispositions of non-core businesses
- Booz Allen Hamilton in its US$2.54 billion sale to The Carlyle Group and related spinoff of its commercial consulting business, Booz & Company
- Boston Generating in its US$1.1 billion bankruptcy sale to Constellation Energy
- Adecco SA in its approximately US$1.29 billion acquisition of MPS Group
- Advanced Biohealing in its US$750 million sale to Shire plc
- Safran SA in the US$400 million acquisition of Goodrich Electric Power Systems