David Leinwand


New York
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David Leinwand is a partner based in the New York office.

Mr. Leinwand's practice focuses on public and private merger and acquisition transactions. He also provides advice regarding governance matters and the fiduciary duties of officers and directors to corporations and their boards. Mr. Leinwand has had several articles published in the Penn State Law Review, The M&A Lawyer, The New York Law Journal, Insights and IFLR regarding mergers and acquisitions and the duties of corporate directors. His most recent article was "Judge and Banker—Valuation Analyses in the Delaware Courts," which appeared in the March 2012 issue of the Penn State Law Review. Mr. Leinwand is a member of the New York City Bar Association’s Committee on Mergers, Acquisitions and Corporate Control Contests. In addition, he is recommended for private equity buyouts by The Legal 500 U.S. and IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Law Firms.

Mr. Leinwand is currently representing TPG, Warburg Pincus and Neiman Marcus in the $6 billion acquisition of Neiman Marcus by Ares Management and CPPIB, as well as Open Text Corporation in its $1.165 billion acquisition of GXS Group, Inc. He previously represented Warburg Pincus and Bausch + Lomb in the $8.7 billion sale of Bausch + Lomb to Valeant Pharmaceuticals, as well as advising Warburg Pincus in its acquisition of Bausch + Lomb. He also represented ABB in its acquisition of Power-One Inc. and previously represented ABB in its acquisition of Ventyx Inc. He represented Warburg Pincus in its acquisition of the Endurance International Group, and subsequently represented Endurance in its acquisitions of HostGator and the websites business of Intuit Corporation. He also represented Biomet in its acquisition of the global trauma business of DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., Warburg Pincus in its acquisition of Rural/Metro Corporation, DSM in its acquisition of Martek Biosciences Corporation, Nortel Networks in the sale of its global Enterprise Solutions business to Avaya, Barclays Capital in the purchase of Lehman Brothers' U.S. and Canadian investment banking and capital markets businesses and its Manhattan headquarters, the shareholders of J.&W. Seligman in the sale of that Company to Ameriprise, UBS in connection with its acquisition of the Private Client Branch Network of Piper Jaffray Companies and Targa Resources in connection with its leveraged acquisition of assets from Dynegy Inc. Mr. Leinwand has represented the private equity firm, TPG, in a number of transactions. He represented both TPG and Warburg Pincus in connection with their acquisition of Neiman Marcus Group and has advised TPG in connection with its investment in Fidelity National Information Services (a division of Fidelity National Financial), its buyout of PETCO Animal Supplies, and in its sale of Beringer Wine Estates to Foster's Brewing Group. Mr. Leinwand also represented PeopleSoft in connection with Oracle's unsolicited tender offer for PeopleSoft; and Mikasa in its acquisition by J.G. Durand Industries.

Mr. Leinwand also regularly represents financial advisors in merger and acquisition transactions. He represented Citigroup Global Markets as financial advisor in several M&A transactions, including as financial advisor to Quintana Maritime Limited in connection with the acquisition of Quintana by Excel Maritime Carriers, Ask Jeeves in its acquisition by IAC/InterActiveCorp; Mykrolis in its merger of equals transaction with Entegris; Maxtor in connection with its acquisition of Seagate; and Pixelworks in its acquisition of Equator Technologies.

Mr. Leinwand joined the firm in 1992 and became a partner in 2000.  He received a J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard University in 1991 and an undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.  From 1991 to 1992 he served as law clerk to the Honorable Michael B. Mukasey, United States District Court, Southern District of New York.

Mr. Leinwand is a member of the Bar in New York.

Honors and Distinctions

The Legal 500 U.S. - Private Equity Buyouts.

IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Law Firms - Private Equity Transactions.


  • Harvard Law School
    (J.D., 1991)
  • University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business
    (B.S., 1988)

Bar Admissions

New York - November 1993

Areas of Law