Attorney Profile:

David Gitlin



David Gitlin co-leads the firm’s Emerging Technology Practice. He focuses his practice on corporate and securities, with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, technology development, and corporate finance. For more than 30 years, David has counseled foreign clients doing business in the United States and U.S. clients doing business abroad. He has structured more than 350 M&A and venture capital deals, many of which have been cross-border transactions involving leading businesses in Finland, India, Israel and Sweden, among others.

David is recognized by Chambers USA Guide as a leading M&A attorney, and is nationally ranked as a leading Venture Capital attorney. In 2005, he was recognized by the mayors of Philadelphia and Tel Aviv for exceptional accomplishments in developing business opportunities for Israeli companies in the United States.


•Impact investing and structured exits
•Licensing and technology transfer
•Joint ventures

Awards & Recognition

•Listed, Chambers USA Guide, 2007-2017
•Pennsylvania, Corporate M&A and Private Equity, 2007-2017
•Nationwide, Investment Funds and Venture Capital, 2012-2013
•Recipient, Distinguished Humanitarian Award, Bnai Zion Foundation, 2010
•Rated, AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5

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Articles, Publications, & Lectures

•Speaker, Exit Process and Practical Guidelines for Venture Capital Professionals, Young Venture Capital Forum, February 2017
•Quoted, Structured Exits: A New Path To Angel Liquidity? Forbes, October 8, 2015
•Author, Structured Exits: A New Universe of Potential Funding for Companies in Underserved Markets, The Deal, September 2, 2015
•Mentioned, Sealing The Deal: Greenberg Guides Consol's $3.5B Mine Sale, Law360, December 3, 2013
•Mentioned, Murray's $3.5B Consol Coal Mines Buy Gets Antitrust OK, Law360, December 3, 2012
•Mentioned, New Deal: Five Firms Advise $3.5 Billion Sale of W. Va. Coal Mines by Consol, New York Law Journal, October 31, 2013

Associated News & Events

Press Releases

02.24.17 Foreign Entrepreneurs Starting Businesses in Region Collaborate with Experts

01.23.17 Greenberg Traurig Hosts FundingPost Philadelphia Investor Roundtable Event

01.18.17 A Year In Review: Greenberg Traurig Philadelphia

12.16.16 Greenberg Traurig’s Emerging Technology Group Presents at Philadelphia’s MAKEOffices

11.08.16 Greenberg Traurig Advised Venture Fundusz Inwestycyjny Zamkniety in Relation to its first Series A Investment in a Delaware Corporation

09.26.16 Greenberg Traurig’s Emerging Technology Group Partners with Northwestern University’s Start-Up Incubator, The Garage

06.09.16 Greenberg Traurig Philadelphia Recognized in 2016 Chambers USA Guide

05.27.16 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys, Practices Included in the 2016 Chambers USA Guide

05.09.16 Greenberg Traurig Hosts Three Events for Philly Tech Week

05.06.16 Greenberg Traurig’s Emerging Technology Group to Present at the 2016 Angel Capital Association (ACA) Summit

Published Articles

09.02.15 Structured Exits: A New Universe of Potential Funding for Companies in Underserved Markets


06.07.16 Life Sciences & Medical Technology Newsletter, Spring/Summer 2016

04.10.15 Life Sciences & Medical Technology Newsletter Spring, 2015

Areas of Practice (5)

  • Corporate & Securities
  • Emerging Technology
  • Private Equity
  • Life Sciences & Medical Technology
  • Global - Israel Practice

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
215.988.7850  Phone
215.988.7801  Fax
Law School Attended:
Tel Aviv University, Faculty of Law, J.D., with honors, 1979; University of Pennsylvania Law School, LL.M., with honors, Recipient, Gowen Award, 1981
Year of First admission:
1981, New York; 1983, Pennsylvania; 1984, Israel

Professional & Community Involvement

•Past Chair, Bnai Zion Foundation, Mid-Atlantic
•Past President, America-Israel Chamber of Commerce, Mid-Atlantic Chapter

Hebrew, Fluent; Spanish, Fluent
Reported Cases:
Significant Representations: Represented Electro-Science Laboratories, Inc. in its acquisition by Ferro Corporation, also involving the concurrent acquisition of Agmet Limited in the UK and the assets of their sister corporation in Shanghai, China.; Advised Venture Fundusz Inwestycyjny Zamkniety, managed by TFI Trigon S.A., in connection with the acquisition of a non-controlling stake in Seed Labs Inc., a U.S.-based corporation involved in the development of an end-to-end smart lighting platform using new transmission protocols.; Represented Amazon Ventures in a Series D investment in WhoSay, Inc.; Represented Consol Energy, Inc. in a $3.5 billion sale of Consolidation Coal Company to a subsidiary of Murray Energy Corporation.; Represented publicly traded Finnish manufacturing company in its acquisition of a division of a large U.S. company, including the purchase of stock and assets of subsidiaries located in the United States and five foreign countries, and the coordination of closings in different countries across different calendar years.; Represented multinational publicly traded Swedish manufacturing company in its acquisition of a division of a Fortune 500 company, including the purchase of stock and assets of subsidiaries located in 12 different countries.; Represented multinational publicly traded Indian company in the acquisition of a California corporation. The transaction included particularly complex regulatory matters specific to the defense industry as well as cross-border employee benefit issues.; Represented Nasdaq-traded CRO in the acquisition of a Finnish corporation for a combination of cash and stock. The transaction involved complex cross-border securities issues.; Represented Israel-based provider of application problem resolution software in its acquisition by a large U.S. software company, structuring and negotiating a complex stock purchase agreement that incorporated the use of a novel statutory take along provision.; Represented Israel-based leading manufacturer of armored equipment in its acquisition of a Michigan-based defense contractor.; Represented Mid-Atlantic late-stage venture fund in an investment in a rapidly expanding provider of medical market research.; Represented U.S.-based biotech company in a Series B round investment that was led by a Swiss-based, global life sciences fund and a leading California-based life sciences investment firm.; Represented Swiss-based, global life sciences fund in a Series B investment in a biotechnology company engaged in the development of novel products for the treatment of metabolic diseases.; Represented U.S.-based corporation engaged in the development of alternative energy sources in a significant investment by a leading Israeli private equity fund.; Represented Israeli-based biotech company in a worldwide license and distribution agreement with a leading Italian pharma company.; The above representations were handled by Mr. Gitlin prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP .

Peer Reviews

  • 5.0/5.0
  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.

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