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David S. Freed

David S. Freed Partner, Capital Markets and Mergers & Acquisitions

David’s practice focuses on the representation of issuers and underwriters, placement agents, and initial purchasers in public and private offerings of equity and debt securities in an array of industries, with a particular focus on real estate and specialty finance companies. His clients include equity and mortgage real estate investment trusts (REITs), investment banks, and a variety of other real estate-related businesses and specialty finance companies. David also regularly provides general corporate, securities, and corporate governance advice to public company clients. 

Experience Highlights

  • TPG RE Finance Trust, Inc. in its $233 million initial public offering of common stock
  • NorthStar Realty Finance in its approximately $16 billion combination with NorthStar Asset Management Group and Colony Capital in an all-stock merger of equals 
  • Issuers, underwriters, initial purchasers, and placement agents in initial public offerings, follow-on offerings, “at-the-market” offerings, secondary public offerings, and Rule 144A and Regulation D private placements
  • Underwriters in forward equity offerings
  • Issuers and investment banks in debt consent solicitations, debt exchange offers, and tender offers
  • Hotel, office property, healthcare, and mortgage REIT management teams and boards of directors in REIT formation transactions, corporate fiduciary matters, corporate governance matters, and conflict of interest transactions
  • Hotel, healthcare, and mortgage public REITs and other public companies with respect to their periodic reporting, disclosure and other securities law and NYSE and NASDAQ compliance matters
  • Public and private companies in merger and acquisitions, asset purchases and sales, joint ventures, and other strategic financial transactions
  • Non-U.S. investors in their investment in a publicly traded hotel REIT


Contact Details

New York

T +1.212.237.0196
F +1.917.849.5370
dfreed@velaw.com
666 Fifth Avenue
26th Floor
New York, NY 10103
Local time: 2:57 PM
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David's Practices

  • Washington and Lee University, J.D., 2004
  • University of Virginia, B.A., 1998
  • Admitted to practice: New York; Virginia
  • Legal 500 U.S., Capital Markets: Equity Offerings; Real Estate: REITs, 2017 and 2018
  • Selected to the Latin Lawyer 250, International Category, 2014
  • Member: National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts