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525 B Street, Suite 2200
San Diego, California 92101
Direct Phone: 619.525.3863
Direct Fax: 619.744.5482
david.boatwright@procopio.com
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David C. Boatwright

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David C. Boatwright practices in the areas of transactional business and tax matters, including general business and contractual matters, partnership and joint venture arrangements (including private equity funds), limited liability companies, mergers, acquisitions and corporate recapitalizations and restructurings, and real estate acquisition, development, finance, exchange, and sale.

Prior to joining Procopio, Mr. Boatwright served as Chair of the San Diego tax practice at Latham & Watkins for over a decade.

Representative Matters

Mr. Boatwright has extensive experience with company sale, merger and acquisition transactions, and with strategic joint ventures, ranging in value from a few million dollars to over a billion dollars.

Sale, Merger and Acquisition Transactions

Sell-Side
  • Representation of a number of local technology companies that were acquired by publicly traded companies in tax-free reorganizations, one of which was an $800 million transaction.
  • Representation of a ship-building company that was acquired for cash by a Fortune 100 company.
  • Representation of a local interior-design company that was acquired for cash by a Fortune 100 company.
  • Representation of numerous local companies in different spaces that were acquired by private equity funds in leveraged buy outs.
  • Representation of a local digital-stock photography company that was acquired by a company wholly owned by Bill Gates.
  • Representation of a publicly traded real estate opportunity fund that was taken private by management.
  • Representation of numerous local and out-of-county shoe and apparel companies that were acquired by publicly traded companies in taxable transactions and tax-free reorganizations.
  • Representation of local private company in restructuring and selling a $450 million portfolio of commercial, industrial, and R&D properties.
Buy-Side
  • Representation of a local publicly traded technology company in acquiring other technology companies in the same space, in both taxable transactions and tax-free reorganizations.
  • Representation of a publicly traded company in acquiring numerous companies in the eye apparel space, in both taxable transactions and tax-free reorganizations.
  • Representation of a publicly traded diversified holding company in acquiring numerous portfolio companies in tax-free reorganization transactions and leveraged buy outs.
  • Representation of a San Francisco-based private equity fund in acquiring numerous portfolio companies in different spaces.
  • Representation of a local group of individuals in taking a publicly traded company private in a leveraged purchase/recapitalization.
Strategic Joint-Venture Transactions
  • Representation of a private company in joint venturing with a public company to launch a national retail campaign.
  • Representation of a large local operating business that contributed the assets of the business into a venture with a large Japanese company in the same space.
  • Representation of a partnership in acquiring and consolidating numerous operating companies in the education space.
  • Representation of management of an operating business in venturing with outside money to acquire the business from its publicly traded owner in a leveraged buy out.
  • Representation of the owner of 2,000 acres of local land, which was contributed to a partnership with a publicly traded home builder for development of a mixed-use residential community.
  • Representation of the owner of land around San Diego's Petco Park that contributed the land into different ventures with different partners for development and operation of hotels and condominiums (including the first joint hotel/condo project in San Diego and one of the first in the country).
  • Representation of the pension trust for a Fortune 100 company in acquiring and selling a number of downtown high-rise office towers.
  • Representation of the owner of land that entered into a “synthetic” joint venture with an Indian Tribe for development and operation of the land as a hotel.
  • Representation of a non-profit company that entered into a “synthetic” joint venture for development of high-rise condominium complexes on land owned by the client.
  • Representation of a developer and operator of senior-living communities in entering into a joint venture with a large foreign investor.
  • Representation of a publicly traded company that contributed land into a joint venture for development and operation of the largest truck stop in America.
Education
  • JD, Pepperdine University School of Law, 1981 (Salutatorian; Pepperdine Law Review Member)
  • BS (Accounting), Northern Arizona University, 1978
Distinctions
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent Rating
  • Top Rated Lawyers – 2012 (Mergers and Acquisitions)
  • Top Rated Lawyers – 2014 (Taxation Law)
  • The Best Lawyers in America® - 2005-2014 (Tax Law)
  • Southern California's Top Rated Lawyers – 2012-2014
  • Southern California Super Lawyers® – 2007-2012 (Real Estate) 2013-2014 (Tax)
  • The State Bar of California Board Certified Taxation Specialist
Community Involvement
  • Monarch School Project – Advisory Committee Member (Past Chair of the Board of Directors)
  • Pepperdine University School of Law – Board of Visitors

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Recent Seminars 
  • “Opportunistic Investing in Debt Today: Sourcing & Buying Performing, Sub-Performing and Non-Performing Loans/Loan Portfolios,” IMN 9th Annual Winter Forum on Real Estate Opportunity and Private Fund Investing, Laguna Beach, CA, January 19, 2012.