David E. Wells focuses on advising public and private companies in connection with corporate finance transactions and mergers and acquisitions. In the field of corporate finance, Mr. Wells routinely assists clients with public and private securities offerings including IPOs, registered direct offerings, secondary offerings, PIPEs, registered shelf offerings, and Regulation D and offshore offerings. In the mergers and acquisition space, he has worked on a wide variety of transactions, including public company mergers, going-private transactions, strategic and financial investments and divestitures, public and private leveraged acquisitions and spin-offs, exchange offers, tender offers and hostile-takeovers and defenses. Mr. Wells has received numerous awards for his securities and mergers and acquisitions work.
For many of his clients, Mr. Wells also provides advice regarding corporate governance, securities law compliance, securities exchange (NYSE, NASDAQ and OTC) compliance, director fiduciary duties and executive compensation, equity compensation plans, self-tender offers, stock repurchases and accelerated stock repurchase programs.
Mr. Wells has represented a wide variety of public and private clients, including those in the following industries: medical device, biologic, health care, telecommunication, hi-tech equipment and service, software, internet based retailers, alternative media, regulated and unregulated financial services, REITs, real estate development, private investment funds, alternative energy, poultry production, premium spirits and other brands, airport development and manufacturing and distribution. His clients have ranged from start-up operations to Fortune 500 companies.
Mr. Wells' unique financial and legal background has assisted a number of small companies grow into large, established private or public companies.
Areas of Concentration
•Corporate finance and securities law
•Mergers & acquisitions
•Corporate governance and special committee advice
Awards & Recognition
•Listed, South Florida Legal Guide, Top Lawyer, 2013-2015
•Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Securities / Capital Markets Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, 2008-2015
•Listed, Chambers USA Guide, 2007-2014
•Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Florida Super Lawyers, 2007, 2010-2014
•Finalist, Daily Business Review, Top Dealmaker of the Year - Corporate Finance Category, 2013
•Selected,Top Attorney for Corporate and Business, 2013
•Team Member, Corporate Board Member magazine and FTI Consulting Inc., one of America's Best Corporate Law Firms, 13th Annual Legal Industry Study, 2013
•Team Member, U.S.A. M&A Deal of the Year - Large Markets, Global M&A Network, 2013
•Finalist, Daily Business Review, Top Dealmaker of the Year - Corporate (Domestic) Category, 2012
•Listed, Florida's Best Lawyers, 2012
•Member, team ranked as a top corporate law firm in Miami as selected by corporate directors, in the annual Legal Industry Research Study by Corporate Board Member magazine and FTI Consulting Inc. (10th year), 2002-2009, 2011-2012
•Finalist, The M&A Advisor, Healthcare/Life Sciences Deal of the Year, 2011
•Finalist, The M&A Advisor, Upper Middle Market Deal of the Year, 2011
•Rated, AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
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•President and Owner, legal and financial consulting firm, April 1997-April 2001
Articles, Publications, & Lectures
Articles•Quoted, December To-Do List Will Set You Up for 2014, Miami Herald, December 18, 2013
•Featured, Greenberg Traurig Team Works $850M Health-Care Merger, Daily Business Review, January 9, 2013
•Featured, Acquisition Depended on Rare Financing Contingency Terms, Daily Business Review, May 7, 2012
•Author, Special Report: Securities Law, SEC Disclosure Rules Not the Magic Bullet, Daily Business Review, January 2010
•Author, When Perfectly Good Cash Isn't Perfectly Good, Maximize Management, June 2009
•Author, FASB Proposes Expanded Disclosure Requirements for Loss Contingencies Relating to Liabilities, The Privacy & Data Security Law Journal, January 2009
•Featured, The Lawyer as Snitch, Daily Business Review, September 23, 2002
•Author, Senior Honors Thesis: The Impact of the 1986 Tax Reform Act Upon Residential Housing
•Panelist, LT CFO Events, Internal Controls & Fraud Prevention: Preparing control and fraud prevention tactics - Corporate Governance Area
•Panelist, Association of Public Compliance, AIM Market Offerings, July 2007
Associated News & Events
129 Greenberg Traurig Florida Attorneys Listed In Best Lawyers In America 2015
96 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Named 2014 Florida Super Lawyers
53 Greenberg Traurig Florida Attorneys Included in 2014 Chambers USA Guide
Greenberg Traurig Attorneys, Practices Included in 2014 Chambers USA Guide
Greenberg Traurig Recognized at Annual Americas M&A Atlas Awards
55 Greenberg Traurig Florida Attorneys Included In 2013 Chambers USA Guide
Chambers USA Guide 2013 Includes 175 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys, 33 Practice Areas
25 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Recognized by Daily Business Review During its 2013 Top Dealmakers of the Year Awards Ceremony
Greenberg Traurig Represents Metropolitan Health Networks, Inc. in its $850 Million Acquisition Agreement by Humana, Inc.
54 Greenberg Traurig Florida Attorneys and 13 Top-Ranked Practice Areas in Florida Appear in 2012 Chambers USA Guide