With more than 30 years of experience, David Grimes focuses his practice on cross border and domestic M&A, securities, commercial and restructuring transactions. He represents companies and private equity funds in their acquisitions, dispositions and joint ventures. He also represents venture funds in their investments, and financial institutions in their financing transactions and restructurings. David counsels clients in various industries, including media, life sciences, financial institutions and industrials.

Prior to joining McDermott, David co-founded another AmLaw 100’s Paris office and was the former head of its cross-border transactions practice group.


  • Represented Rhône Capital, a transatlantic private equity fund, in its acquisition of Rexair, the manufacturer and distributor of Rainbow® products for indoor environments from Newell Brands (NASDAQ: NWL).
  • Represented Petit Forestier Group, European leader in refrigeration rental, in its first US acquisition of Mendon Leasing*
  • Representing Dalian Wanda Group in its $1 billion purchase of Dick Clark productions*

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  • The M&A Advisor Cross Border M&A Deal of the Year, 2015


  • Emory University School of Law Advisory Board, member
  • Anchor Health Initiative, co-founder and board member


Emory University, School of Law, JD, 1987
London School of Economics and Political Science, MSc, 1984
College of William and Mary, BA, 1983

New York


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