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David J. Perkins

Partner, Corporate

David J. Perkins has a diverse corporate practice focused on private equity investment funds, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, large‑scale real estate acquisitions and dispositions, and financings and restructurings.

Mr. Perkins counts among his client base Amazon, American Securities, BDT Capital Partners, Brookfield, British American Tobacco, Dentsu Aegis, Element Financial, Lindsay Goldberg, MSD Capital, Stage Stores, Tetragon Financial Group, Westbrook Partners and White Mountains Insurance.

Notable recent transactions include representing:

  • Brookfield in connection with its pending $1.5 billion acquisition of the remaining stake it does not already own in TerraForm Power.
  • Lindsay Goldberg and American Securities in connection with the $2.405 billion acquisition of AECOM’s Management Services business, Lindsay Goldberg in its strategic partnership with Kroger to form PearlRock Partners and Golden West Packaging Group’s acquisition of Fleetwood‑Fibre Packaging & Graphics.
  • White Mountains Insurance in connection with its investment in Elementum, MediaAlpha’s sale of a significant minority stake to Insignia Capital, its $388 million acquisition of NSM Insurance Group, the $250 million investment in Kudu Investment Management from Oaktree Capital and White Mountains, and its sale of TRANZACT to Clayton, Dubilier & Rice.
  • MSD Partners in connection with a preferred equity investment in the Miami Marlins, as part of the $1.2 billion acquisition of the Miami Marlins by an ownership group led by Bruce Sherman and Derek Jeter.
  • Pitney Bowes in the $700 million sale of its Software Solutions business to Syncsort and its $395 million acquisition of Borderfree.
  • D+H in connection with its C$4.8 billion sale to Vista Equity Partners.
  • British American Tobacco in connection with its $97 billion merger with Reynolds American.
  • Stage Stores in connection with its acquisition of select assets of Gordmans Stores through a bankruptcy auction.
  • BDT Capital Partners in connection with the formation of BDT Capital Partners Fund 3, which raised $9.1 billion of capital commitments, and BDT Capital Partners Fund II, which raised $6.2 billion in capital commitments.
  • Dentsu Aegis in connection with its acquisition of Merkle.
  • Element Financial in connection with its $6.9 billion acquisition of GE Capital’s fleet management operations in the United States, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand.
  • Westbrook Partners in connection with the formation and private placement of their tenth real estate fund, consisting of aggregate capital commitments of approximately $2.85 billion from over 60 investors.
  • Westbrook Partners in connection with various acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures and financings involving real estate assets with an aggregate value of over $10 billion, including Ritz‑Carlton hotels located in Boston, New York and Washington D.C., Four Seasons hotels located in Miami and San Francisco and various commercial and residential properties located throughout the U.S.
  • O’Connor Capital Partners in connection with the formation of several real estate investment vehicles for non‑U.S. sovereign wealth investors and several subsequent investments by these vehicles in retail properties in the U.S. and Mexico.

Mr. Perkins has been recognized by IFLR1000 for his work in both mergers and acquisitions and real estate acquisitions. In 2014, he was recognized by Law360 as one of 10 outstanding real estate lawyers in the nation under the age of 40. Mr. Perkins has also been named a New York Rising Star by Super Lawyers for real estate. He also serves on the Private Investment Funds Committee of the New York City Bar Association.

Mr. Perkins was born in Dover, New Hampshire. He received a B.S. from the United States Military Academy in 1997 where he was a distinguished honor graduate, and a J.D., with high honors, from the University of Washington in 2005 where he was an Executive Editor of the Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif.

Mr. Perkins joined Cravath in 2005 and was elected a partner in 2012. Prior to joining Cravath, Mr. Perkins served as an officer in the United States Army in a variety of infantry assignments, including with the 82nd Airborne Division and the 25th Infantry Division, and was later recalled to active duty in 2008 to serve as an embedded advisor to the Afghan National Police in southern Afghanistan, ultimately attaining the rank of Major.

Mr. Perkins is admitted only in New York.

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