David S. Felman - Hill Ward Henderson

David S. Felman

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1995
Phone: 813-227-8483

Dave is a Shareholder and the practice leader of the firm's Corporate & Tax Group. He has practiced banking, corporate, and securities law in Tampa and New York City. While with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York, his practice focused on acquisitions and public and private securities offerings, including representation of a major leveraged buy-out firm and several major underwriting firms. Since returning to Tampa in 1990, Dave's practice has principally involved securities offerings, venture capital investments, mergers and acquisitions, and representation of public, established and emerging growth companies.

Dave acts as counsel to a number of institutional venture capital and private equity investors, including Lovett Miller & Co., Ballast Point Venture Partners, HealthEdge Investment Fund, Stonehenge Capital, Inflexion Fund and The Burton Partnership.Dave acts as counsel to public companies with respect to securities and governance matters, including defensive measures, Exchange Act reports, SRO requirements, audit and compensation committee practices, annual meetings, and general advice to Boards of Directors.

Dave's 2012 deals include representing Lifestyle Family Fitness, Inc. in its acquisition by L.A. Fitness and SRI/Surgical Express (Nasdaq: STRC) in its acquisition by Synergy Health.  Dave's 2011 deals include representing Technology Research Corporation (Nasdaq: TRCI) in its acquisition by Coleman Cable, Inc. (Nasdaq: CCIX); Dispensing Solutions, Inc., a HealthEdge portfolio company, in its purchase by PSS World Medical, Inc. (Nasdaq: PSSI); and an investor group led by Ballast Point Ventures in their investment in Instawares Holdings Company.

Dave is a founder and the principal organizer of The Florida Directors’ Institute, an annual full-day program on corporate governance for public company directors. Dave also serves as Vice Chair and on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the Florida Venture Forum. Dave has chaired The Florida Bar’s Business Law Section, its Corporations and Securities Law Committee, and committees responsible for drafting laws governing Florida corporations and guidelines for legal opinions. He continues to serve on the Executive Council of the Business Law Section. Dave is a Co-Chair of the annual Southeastern Private Equity and M&A Forum in Atlanta, Georgia. Dave also serves as a faculty member of the annual Federal Securities Institute, a two-day program in Miami, and has spoken at seminars throughout the United States regarding securities offerings and compliance, private equity capital raising transactions, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions and lending deals.

Duke UniversityJ.D. 1982Wake Forest UniversityBA 1979
Florida Directors'' InstituteThe Florida Venture Forum

Case History

Renew Life Products — We represented this company in its acquisition by Swander Pace, a California-based private equity fund.
Moffitt -- Merck Joint Venture — We represented the Moffitt Cancer Center in a research-based joint venture with Merck, valued at over $70 million.
Sale of Peopleclick, Inc. — We represented the investor group in the acquisition of Peopleclick, Inc. by a strategic investor for more than $90 million, which closed in December 2009.
Financing of Tampa Bay Rays — I represented the principal lender in its $75 million loan that financed the acquisition of the expansion Major League Baseball franchise, the Tampa Bay Rays (then the Devil Rays).
Acquisition of Audio Visual Innovations — We represented this company in its acquisition by Silver Lake Sumeru in a transaction valued at more than $200 million.  AVI  is the largest integrater of audio visual systems in the United States, with over $400 million of revenues.

Office Location

Bank of America Plaza, Suite 3700
101 East Kennedy Boulevard
P.O. Box 2231
Tampa, FL 33602
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2016 Lawyer of the Year in Mergers and Acquisitions Law of the Tampa Metro Area2015 Lawyer of the Year in Banking and Finance Law of the Tampa Metro Area2014 Lawyer of the Year in Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law of the Tampa Metro Area2012 Lawyer of the Year in Banking and Finance Law of the Tampa Metro Area2009 Lawyer of the Year in Banking and Finance Law of the Tampa Metro Area
David S. Felman has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!David S. Felman has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!David S. Felman has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!David S. Felman has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2012!David S. Felman has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2009!

Practice Areas

Banking and Finance Law (Acquisition Finance, Asset-Based Lending, Corporate Governance, Finance, Investment, Leveraged Finance, Loan Documentation, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Securities, Transactions, Venture Capital)
Corporate Law (Banking, Corporate Finance, Executive Compensation, Funds, General Corporate, Investment, Leveraged Buyouts, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Funds, Publicly-Held Companies, Securities, Transactions, Venture Capital)
Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law (Leveraged Buyouts, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Venture Capital)
Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law (Leveraged Buyouts, Private Equity Funds)
Venture Capital Law (Private Equity)

Other Information

Gender: Male