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David Smith


David Smith

David Smith is an associate in the Corporate practice of Clifford Chance's Houston office. He advises private equity funds and public and private businesses in corporate matters and strategic transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, minority investments, joint ventures, and securities offerings across multiple industries.

  • MN8 Energy LLC in its private placement, with gross proceeds of US$325 million from the issuance and sale of shares of its convertible preferred stock.
  • Goldman Sachs Renewable Power in its separation from Goldman Sachs Asset Management to form MN8 Energy, an independent renewable energy company and second largest U.S. independent solar and storage energy producer by capacity.
  • Galvanic Energy in its sale of leased acreage to ExxonMobil estimated to contain lithium products to supply 50 million electric vehicles.
  • BCP Raptor Holdco in its US$9 billion business combination between BCP Raptor, a Blackstone and I Squared Capital portfolio company, and Altus Midstream to form Kinetik Holdings.
  • Talos Energy in its US$1.1 billion acquisition of EnVen Energy Corporation, a private operator in the deepwater U.S. Gulf of Mexico.
  • Hartree Partners in its take-private of Sprague Resources, a master limited partnership listed on the NYSE.
  • Desert Peak Minerals in an agreement to combine with Falcon Minerals Corporation in a US$1.9 billion transaction.
  • Mach Resources LLC in its US$190 million initial public offering of Mach Natural Resources LP.
  • Crowley Maritime Corporation in a joint venture with Seabulk Tankers, Inc., a subsidiary of SEACOR Holdings, to combine their respective fleets of “Jones Act” vessels engaged in liquid energy and chemical transportation and related operations and services to form Fairwater Holdings LLC, a new, independent U.S. Jones Act service provider.

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Career and qualifications

  • Baylor University (B.A.) 2013
  • Harvard School of Law (J.D.) 2017
  • University of Cambridge (LL.M.) 2016
  • Admitted as an Attorney-at-Law in Texas 2019
  • Joined Clifford Chance 2024