David E. Gardels: Lawyer with Husch Blackwell LLP

David E. Gardels

Omaha,  NE  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Securities & Corporate Governance
  • Banking & Finance
  • Biofuels
  • Biomass & Landfill Gas
  • Investment Management
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Renewable Energy
  • Wind Energy
Contact InfoTelephone: 402.964.5027
Fax: 402.964.5050
University George Washington University, B.A., Political Science, 1976
Law SchoolUniversity of Nebraska College of Law, J.D., with high distinction, 1979 Nebraska Law Review, Managing Editor, 1978-1979
Admitted1979, Nebraska

Professional Associations and Memberships
•Association of Corporate Growth, Nebraska Chapter, Board of Directors, 2011-present
•Nebraska State Bar Association, Securities Law Section
•Omaha Bar Association
•Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals
•Rocky Mountain Chapter, President, 2008-2011; Advisory Board, 2000-present
•National Board of Directors, 2014-present


An accomplished transactional lawyer, David is a trusted advisor as companies pursue growth, acquisitions, mergers or dispositions. His emphasis as a member of the firm's Energy & Natural Resources team is renewable energy, especially ethanol, biodiesel and wind. David represents investment bankers, developers and owners of renewable energy projects, providing specific counsel that meshes with their business direction.

David's noteworthy industry accomplishments include:
•Advising Texas-based Benefuel in a joint venture for development of refineries that operate with Benefuel's patented technology for generating high yields of biodiesel from low-cost feedstocks.
•Counseling three public and a number of private ethanol companies with all aspects of finance and operations, including strategic partnerships, senior secured debt facilities and public and private debt and equity.
•Representing several advanced biofuels companies in the development stage with matters that included debt and equity financing, procurement of technology licenses, technology scale-up and Department of Energy funding programs.

In investment management, David represents advisors and public and private companies, both open and closed-end funds, in all aspects of investment and compliance, including structuring of fund complexes, exemptive orders, company registration, business development company (BDC) elections, ongoing Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) reporting, SEC examinations, Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) applications and administration, portfolio investments, corporate governance and fund mergers. David has structured several unique BDCs, including funds with a two-level SBIC structure, a renewable energy fund and a growth stage venture fund.

In securities and corporate governance, David has broad experience with a variety of private and public debt and equity securities, including initial public offerings and convertible debt structures for public and private companies. He assists clients in all aspects of corporate governance, including board and committee operations, for public and private companies.

Additionally, David represents early-stage and growth-stage technology companies. In this capacity, he and his team provide full life-cycle support for these companies, and he advises in all aspects of capital formation.

David is a member of the firm's Partner Board and its Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee.

Awards and Recognitions
The Best Lawyers In America, Corporate Law, International Trade and Finance Law, 2005-2015
Chambers USA, Corporate/Commercial Law, 2010-2014

Civic Involvement
•Episcopal Diocese of Nebraska, Trustee of Bishop and Trustees, 2009-present; Committee on Legislation; President, Council on Discipline
•Nebraska Arts Council, Board of Directors, 2006-2013
•Opera Omaha, Board of Directors, Advisory Board, 2011-present; Chair of Long Range Planning, 2011-present; President, 2003-2005
•Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Senior Warden, 2012-present

•Represented public ethanol issuer that operates a 110-million-gallons-per-year ethanol plant that uses excess steam from adjacent coal-fired power generation plant with significant minority investment from international grain trading company.
•Represented growth stage technology companies with businesses focused on software, electronic payments, electronic security and customer interface/digital signage solutions.
•Represented clients and served as transaction leader in numerous buy-side and sell-side merger/acquisition transactions in industries,including renewable energy, manufacturing, financial services, information technology, electronic security and retail.

Business Insights

Business Insights
2.12.13 JOBS Act - Impact on Capital Formation and M&A, Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) Nebraska
Speaking Engagement Omaha, NE
8.01.12 Ethanol Plant Boards of Directors - Fiduciary Responsibilities, American Coalition for Ethanol, annual ethanol conference
Speaking Engagement Omaha, NE
8.23.11 Top Issues Facing Ethanol Plant Boards of Directors
Energy & Natural Resources Speaking Engagement Des Moines, IA
9.21.10 SEC Adopts Final Rules on Shareholder Proxy Access
9.15.10 Financial Reform Impact on Registered and Unregistered Asset Managers
Seminar Kansas City, MO, Omaha, NE and St. Louis, MO
8.05.10 Impacts of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act on Executive Compensation and Corporate Governance
7.28.10 Amendments to Form ADV Adopted
7.23.10 New Rule Restricts Political Contributions from Investment Advisers to Government Clients
4.15.10 Supreme Court Issues Decision in Mutual Fund Excessive Fees Case
2.17.10 SEC Issues Interpretive Guidance on Disclosure of Business or Legal Developments Regarding Climate Change and Related Issues
Energy & Natural Resources Alert

In The News
8.19.14 Husch Blackwell Boasts 106 Best Lawyers on 2015 List, Seven “Lawyers of the Year”
Energy & Natural Resources Financial Services Food & Agribusiness Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals Real Estate, Development & Construction Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation News Release
6.10.14 Husch Blackwell Guides Green Plains in $225 Million Credit Facility Placement
Energy & Natural Resources News Release
5.23.14 Chambers USA 2014 Gives Husch Blackwell High Rankings in Nine Areas of Law; 40 Attorneys Recognized
Energy & Natural Resources Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals Real Estate, Development & Construction News Release
8.16.13 Best Lawyers 2014 Names 109 from Husch Blackwell, 13 “Lawyers of the Year”
Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals Real Estate, Development & Construction Financial Services Energy & Natural Resources News Release
7.01.13 Husch Blackwell Advises Benefuel Inc., Securing a Joint Venture Agreement with Flint Hills Resources Renewables LLC
Energy & Natural Resources News Release
6.21.13 Midlands Business Journal: Husch Blackwell Partner David Gardels Discusses the Rising Demand for Energy and Environmental Attorneys
Energy & Natural Resources News Coverage
6.03.13 Husch Blackwell Receives High Rankings, Praise from Clients in Chambers USA 2013
News Release
8.23.12 2013 Best Lawyers Includes 106 Husch Blackwell Attorneys in 56 Practice Areas and 7 States
News Release
8.15.12 The Daily Record: Husch Blackwell Omaha Partner David Gardels Profiled for Career Success and Community Involvement
Energy & Natural Resources News Coverage
6.12.12 Husch Blackwell Receives Top Rankings from Chambers and Partners
Real Estate, Development & Construction News Release


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Office Information

David E. Gardels

13330 California Street, Suite 200
OmahaNE 68154


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