David L. Forney

David L. Forney, KL Gates, strategic joint venture lawyer, Corporate Transactions,
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Professional Biography

David Forney is a “company side” corporate lawyer specializing in corporate, strategic joint venture and M&A transactions. For nearly 30 years, David has represented industry parties in complex joint venture, M&A, and other strategic transactions. This experience allows David to have a greater perspective and understanding of company side concerns and processes, whether the other side in the transaction is a competitor, another strategic party or a private equity fund.  His experience includes developing close working relationships with in-house counsel, in-house business development teams, internal due diligence teams, various internal legal experts and management.  It has also given David insight into pricing models, internal approval processes, accounting and reporting concerns, competition concerns, and risk tolerances unique to company side participants.  David’s nearly 30 years of experience representing public and private industry participants, on top of a four-year foundation at Price Waterhouse (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) as a CPA, has made him particularly qualified to handle complex strategic transactions for middle market and large business clients.  

David’s experience includes numerous domestic and international joint venture and alliance transactions for public and private clients, such as Carrier Corporation, PPG Industries, Inc., Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel Corporation, World Wrestling Entertainment (the “WWE”) and the Voest-Alpine unit of Siemens.  For more than 15 years, David has been approved M&A counsel for United Technologies Corporation (UTC) for transactions under $1 billion and has handled more transaction volume for UTC business units than any other attorney during the past 15 years.  He has completed over 150 transactions for Carrier Corporation, UTC Fire and Security, Pratt & Whitney, Hamilton Sundstrand, UTC’s Innovation Business Development Division, and the UTC parent company in various M&A, joint venture, re-structuring, and commercial transactions. 

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