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David Brinton

David Brinton


David Brinton

David Brinton engages in a corporate and securities law practice, focusing on mergers and acquisitions. He regularly represents sellers, purchasers and other parties in negotiated cross-border and domestic mergers, acquisitions, reorganizations, joint ventures and investment transactions.

He is experienced in public and private debt and equity offerings and has advised on a variety of financing transactions. Among the sectors he focuses on are energy and infrastructure.

  • Colony Capital, a leading global investment management firm, on its acquisition of Digital Bridge
  • Actis
    • on the establishment of a Pan-Latin American renewable energy platform, Atlas Renewable Energy, and the acquisition of over 1,500 MW of solar PV assets from SunEdison in Latin America
    • on the sale of a 92% stake in Energuate, Guatemala’s largest electricity network, to IC Power, a wholly-owned subsidiary of New York Stock Exchange-listed Kenon Holdings
    • on the sale of Actis and Mesoamerica’s combined 100% stake in Globeleq Mesoamerica Energy
  • CITIC Agri Fund on the acquisition by an affiliate of CITIC Agri Fund of a select portion of Dow AgroSciences' (a subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company) corn hybrid seed business in Brazil for approximately US$1.1 billion
  • Royal Dutch Shell in its acquisition from Repsol S.A. of a portfolio of LNG assets
  • Samchully Asset Management Co., Ltd. in its acquisition of
    • a 34% stake in Cardinal Gas Service LLC from Total E&P USA, Inc., a midstream company operating in the Utica formation, and EV Energy Partners, L.P.
    • a 33 1/3% interest in the Luna Energy Facility, a net nominal 570 MW natural gas-fired combined-cycle electric generation facility located in Luna County, New Mexico, from Freeport-McMoRan Inc
  • Mitsubishi on the sale its stake in the Cochrane coal-fired power project located in Chile

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Career and qualifications

  • Springfield College (BS, Political Science) 1982
  • The University of California, Hastings College of Law (JD) 1985
  • Joined Clifford Chance 1985
  • Admitted as an Attorney-at-Law in New York 1986
  • Partner since 1994

Awards and citations

  • David Brinton heads the Americas M&A group and has a fine record in energy transactions across Latin America, including private equity-led deals.
    Legal 500 2022 – Latin America: International firms: Corporate and M&A – Tier 1
  • David Brinton remains a respected figure in the Latin American corporate domain, benefiting from considerable activity in this space. He regularly counsels on M&A transactions arising from the energy and infrastructure sectors.
    Chambers USA 2022: Corporate/M&A (International Counsel) – Band 3
  • Ranked as a Leading Individual
    Legal 500 Latin America 2022, Corporate and M&A – International Firms
  • "David has a lot of experience and not only helps with the legal aspects, but also gives a lot of insight on the commercial side."
    Chambers Latin America 2021: Corporate/M&A (Latin America-wide)
  • David Brinton has an excellent record in energy and infrastructure transactions in Latin America, including private equity deals.”
    Legal 500 Latin America 2020, Corporate and M&A – International Firms
  • "David Brinton 'creates very strong bonds with clients', is 'a great strategic thinker' who 'provides clear and creative solutions to complex issues', and is 'commercial and business-oriented' with 'an easy-going and approachable style'."
    Legal 500 Latin America 2019: International Firms: Corporate and M&A – Leading Lawyer
  • "David Brinton is highlighted by commentators as 'a competent leader, as well as a charismatic, efficient and hands-on lawyer.'"
    Chambers Latin America 2020: Corporate/M&A – Latin America-wide
  • "David Brinton shows ‘great leadership and charisma’, is ‘always on top of all aspects of all the deals his team is involved in’ and is ‘a commercial and business-oriented lawyer’; noted for energy sector transactions"
    Legal 500 Latin America 2018: International Firms: Corporate and M&A – Leading Lawyer
  • "New York’s David Brinton is head of the firm’s US and Americas corporate practice and is ‘excellent’, ‘extremely responsive’ and has ‘in-depth M&A experience and extensive knowledge about the energy sector’; he is a ‘commercial and business-oriented lawyer’ who ‘focuses on identifying the issues that matter’ and has an ‘easy-going and approachable style’."
    Chambers Latin America 2017: International Firms – Corporate/M&A