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David A. Kurzweil

New York
  • 885 Third Avenue
  • New York, NY 10022-4834
  • USA

David Kurzweil is a partner in the New York office of Latham & Watkins. Mr. Kurzweil is the Global Co-Chair of the firm's Power Industry Group and former Co-Chair of the Corporate Department for the New York office. He is also a member of the firm’s Corporate Governance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Public Company Representation, and Takeover Planning & Defense Practices. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions and general public company representation.

Mr. Kurzweil has a broad array of experience in both public and private company mergers and acquisitions, including representing principals, special committees, private equity and leveraged buyout funds, and financial advisors. He has also represented issuers, underwriters, and initial purchasers in numerous debt and equity securities offerings, and he has provided general corporate advice to both public and private companies. Mr. Kurzweil was recently recognized by Chambers USA 2014 – 2018 and The Legal 500 US 2014 – 2018.

Mr. Kurzweil serves on the Board of Directors of StreetWise Partners, a not-for-profit 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.

Mr. Kurzweil's recent representative matters advising private equity funds and financial sponsors, include:

  • Energy Capital Partners in numerous transactions, including (i) a joint venture bid with Dynegy Inc. to buy Engie SA's US power plants, (ii) the acquisition of Wheelabrator Technologies, Inc., an operator of waste-to-energy facilities, from Waste Management, Inc. for US$1.94 billion, (iii) the US$1.1 billion take-private of EnergySolutions, Inc. a leader in nuclear commercial services, (iv) the dispositions of FirstLight Power Enterprises to an affiliate of GDF Suez, NextLight Renewable Power to First Solar, and Equipower Resources Corp and Brayton Point Holdings to Dynegy Inc. for US$3.45 billion, and (v) multiple acquisitions and dispositions involving approximately 20,000 MW of power generation assets
  • Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co in a number of matters, including its (i) acquisition of Internet Brands, (ii) acquisition of majority ownership of Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc. for approximately US$2.4 billion, and (iii) acquisition of Alliant Insurance Services
  • Consortium of investors led by Macquarie Bank Limited in (i) its US$7.4 billion acquisition of Puget Energy, Inc. and (ii) its US$3.5 billion acquisition of Spirit Finance Corporation
  • Natural Gas Partners in its US$445 million sale of CRC-Evans International to Stanley Black & Decker
  • LS Power in numerous transactions involving the acquisition and disposition of power generation assets


Mr. Kurzweil's recent representative matters advising strategic clients, include:

  • National Semiconductor in its US$6.5 billion sale to Texas Instruments
  • Hunt Transmission Services in its US$221.5 million acquisition of Cap Rock Energy Corporation and NewCorp Resources Electric Cooperative from an affiliate of Lindsay Goldberg
  • Rakuten in a number of acquisitions, including Viki, a provider of online video streaming services, and, a US-based e-commerce website
  • A large global utility in a number of acquisitions, including acquisitions of utilities in South America and the US
  • Topcon Positioning Group in the acquisition of Digi-Star LLC, a developer and manufacturer of electronic agriculture products and software, from Baird Capital
  • Hubbell Incorporated and its subsidiaries in numerous matters, including its (i) acquisitions of Powerohm Resistors, a manufacturer of power resistor products, (ii) Continental Industries, a manufacturer of exothermic welding and connector products, and (iii) Connector Manufacturing and Canadian Connector, manufacturers of electrical components
  • Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. in its US$2.54 billion sale to The Carlyle Group and related spinoff of its commercial consulting business, Booz & Company Inc.
  • Boston Generating in its US$1.1 billion bankruptcy sale to Constellation Energy
  • Adecco SA in its US$1.289 billion acquisition of MPS Group, Inc., a provider of professional staffing services
  • Advanced Biohealing in its US$750 million sale to Shire plc
  • Summit Midstream Partners in its US$590 million acquisition of Encana’s Piceance basin gas gathering business

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