David H. Sands: Lawyer with Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

David H. Sands


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Practice Areas

  • Corporate
  • Capital Markets
  • Emerging Growth/Venture Capital
  • Joint Ventures and Strategic Alliances
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Private Equity
  • Entertainment
  • Technology
  • and Advertising
  • Finance
  • Equity Sponsor Finance
  • Digital Media
  • Financial Services
  • Mortgage Banking
University Oberlin College, B.A., 1984
Law SchoolBoston University, J.D., 1987
Admitted1987, California

David Sands is a partner and former Co-Practice Leader of the Firm's Corporate Practice Group. David splits his time among the Firm's Los Angeles, Orange County, and Century City offices.

Areas of Practice

Mr. Sands handles major strategic and institutional transactions involving corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures.

Mr. Sands concentrates on the representation of companies involved in the media, entertainment and technologies industries and companies involved in the creation and distribution of financial products and financial services in a wide variety of key strategic transactions, including formation planning and initial capitalization, executive compensation structures, Internet and e-commerce arrangements and institutional capital transactions and other forms of equity and debt offerings (public and private), strategic alliances and partnerships, and merger and acquisitions (including take private transactions). He has extensive experience in providing counseling and providing strategic planning for the Firm's clients.


•2013 Most Influential M&A Advisors in Los Angeles Business Journal
•2013 Top Transactional Attorneys in Variety's Legal Impact Report
•2012 and 2015 Game-Changing Attorneys in Variety's Legal Impact Report
•Featured in Variety's Dealmakers Impact Report '08. The profile covers several of his entertainment industry matters: representing Reveille owners in its sale to Shine, Cookie Jar in its purchase of DIC and a dispute with American Greetings, as well as Endemol in its acquisition of 51 Minds and Original Media.
•Top leading Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions (Venture Capital) Lawyer, Chambers & Partners', 2007-2015
•Southern California Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers, 2009-2015
•Mergers & Acquisitions, Legal 500, 2008-2012, 2014, 2015
•Which Lawyer?, Corporate/M&A, Practical Law Company, 2009-2012

Publications & News


•Deutsche Bank Victory May Have Far-Reaching Consequences

Law360, January 23, 2014
•Strategies Leading to Successful Acquisitions

Inside the Minds: VC Portfolio Company M&A Strategies, July 2008
•The Global Credit Crunch: A MAC?

The Material Adverse Change Clause

The Deal, November 14, 2007

Corporate & Securities Law Blog Posts
• Does A Consumer's Exercise of a Rescission Right Mean that the Loan Is Automatically Rescinded? Perhaps Not, According to One Federal Court, If the Consumer Does Not Also File a Lawsuit for Rescission, May 20, 2014
• When Is a Non-Binding Term Sheet or Letter of Intent Enforced as a Binding Contract? September 13, 2013
• Delaware Chancery Court Decisions Highlight That a Crucial Difference In Analyzing Director Liability For Bad Faith In the Context of an M&A Sales Process Is the Seriousness of the Bidder, April 23, 2013
• Delaware and California Courts Split as to Whether a Reverse Triangular Merger Results In an Assignment By Operation of Law, Creating Potential Pitfalls for Delaware and Other Foreign Corporations Located in California, April 9, 2013
• The Importance of Well-Crafted MAE Provisions: Sallie Mae in Courtroom Battle with J.C. Flowers-led Buyout Group, October 24, 2007
• California Court Limits Partnership Non-Compete Agreements, June 1, 2006

Financial Institutions Law Blog Posts
• CFPB Issues Letter on TRID Enforcement and Liability, January 11, 2016
• The End Is In Sight? Deutsche Bank Claims Victory In Defense Of A Repurchase Claim Based Upon Statute Of Limitations, December 30, 2013
• California Department of Corporations States That Wholesale Account Executive Who Does Not Deal With Consumers Is Not A Mortgage Loan Originator, April 24, 2012
• Helping Families Save Their Homes Act of 2009 Imposes New and Uncertain Disclosure Requirements On Buyers and Assignees of Home Loans, May 29, 2009
• New California Law Requires Additional Steps For Foreclosures, August 19, 2008
• Federal Bank Agencies Publish Examples of Information to be Provided for Hybrid Mortgage Products, June 9, 2008
• Federal Trade Commission and Federal Reserve Board Issue Proposed Rules on Risk-Based Pricing Notices, June 9, 2008
• Federal Agencies Issue Final Rules On Fighting Identity Theft, February 15, 2008

Media Mentions

•PE Firms Must Tread Lightly To Cash In On Mortgage Servicing

Law360, April 9, 2013
•Dealmakers Get Busy as Banks Exit Mortgage Loan Servicing

Daily Journal, March 28, 2013
•Q&A With Sheppard Mullin's David Sands

Law360, December 13, 2011
•Sheppard Mullin Lands Entertainment Group

January 27, 2003

Speaking Engagements

•Panelist, Building Relationships for Success, Houlihan Lokey Conference on Financial Services Industry, New York, NY, March 5, 2014 (Also at Avenue of the Stars Office)


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Office Information

David H. Sands

Forty-Third Floor, 333 South Hope Street
Los AngelesCA 90071-1448


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