According to sources:
“Cannot find a finer attorney anywhere”
“Has a brilliant mind, is creative, thoughtful and really dives in”
“One of the preeminent transactional partners out there”

Chambers USA 2021

David A. Kurzweil

New York
  • 1271 Avenue of the Americas
  • New York, NY 10020
  • USA

David Kurzweil, former Local Co-Chair of Latham & Watkins' Corporate Department, 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$90 million acquisition of Convergent Energy and Power, a battery storage development company; (ii) the US$17 billion acquisition of Calpine; (iii) a joint venture bid with Dynegy to buy Engie SA’s US power plants; (iv) the US$1.94 billion acquisition of Wheelabrator Technologies from Waste Management and the subsequent sale to Macquarie Infrastructure Partners; (v) the US$1.1 billion take-private of EnergySolutions; (vi) the sale of FirstLight Power Enterprises to GDF Suez; (vii) the US$3.45 billion sale of Equipower Resources and Brayton Point Holdings to Dynegy; (viii) the sale of Terra-Gen Power Holdings II; and (ix) the US$400 million acquisition of CenterPoint Energy Services
  • 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
  • Ardian in its acquisition of a 50% stake in Angus Chemical Company, a manufacturer and distributor of nitroalkane based chemicals
  • Global Infrastructure Partners in its US$684 million sale of Competitive Power Ventures, an electric generation development company, to OPC Energy
  • 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 Corp. in (i) the US$350 million acquisition of the Odessa Power Plant; (ii) the acquisition of Crius Energy Trust; and (iii) the acquisition of Ambit Holdings
  • Avangrid in its pending US$4.3 billion acquisition of PNM Resources, an energy holding company
  • 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
  • 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
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