David Strong

David Strong


University of Denver (BSBA, 1992)
Stanford Law School (J.D., 1995)
New York University School of Law (LL.M., 1997)

Bar Admissions

New York

David Strong (“Dave”) is a transactional tax partner with Morrison & Foerster LLP. Dave is the current co-chair of the firm’s Tax Department and co-chair of its Federal Tax practice. He also serves as managing partner of the firm’s Denver office.

Dave works closely with transaction teams across the firm, including teams located in Los Angeles, New York, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Tokyo, and Washington D.C. Dave’s nationally-recognized areas of expertise include mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity and venture capital investments, restructurings, distressed situations, and initial public offerings and other types of capital markets transactions. Throughout his career, Dave has worked on transactions across a broad range of industries, including consumer, healthcare, manufacturing and industrial services, media and entertainment, mining and natural resources, real estate, technology, and internet and telecommunications.

Dave is the past chair of the Corporate Tax Committee of the Tax Section of the American Bar Association, a fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel, and a frequent speaker on corporate and other tax matters at local, regional, and national seminars and continuing legal education programs. Dave is also an adjunct professor and member of the faculty at The University of Denver Law School (Graduate Tax Program), where he teaches a class on corporate reorganizations, spin-offs, recapitalizations, and restructurings.

Dave received his J.D. from Stanford Law School and his LL.M. in Taxation from New York University. Prior to moving to Denver, Dave worked for several years as both a transactional tax attorney and as an investment banker in New York City.

ON Semiconductor Corporation
Represented ON Semiconductor Corporation (Nasdaq: ON) in its $2.4 billion acquisition of Fairchild Semiconductor International, Inc. (Nasdaq: FCS)

Envision Healthcare Corporation
Advised Envision Healthcare Corporation (NYSE:  EVHC) in connection with certain tax matters related to its $10 billion combination with AmSurg Corporation

EmCare Corporation
Advised EmCare Corporation, a subsidiary of Envision Healthcare Corporation, in numerous platform acquisitions of physician and related services groups

SoftBank Corporation
Advised SoftBank Corporation in its $8.6 billion sale of its controlling stake in Finnish gaming company Supercell Oy to Chinese Internet company Tencent Holdings, Ltd, a global leader in personal-computer and mobile games

SoftBank Corporation
Represented SoftBank Corporation in its $1.26 billion acquisition of a controlling interest in Brightstar Corporation

DaVita Inc.
Represented DaVita Inc. (NYSE:  DVA) in its $4.42 billion acquisition of HealthCare Partners Holdings, LLC

DaVita Inc.
Represented DaVita Inc. in its $360 million acquisition of Renal Ventures Management, LLC and the simultaneous divestiture of seven dialysis centers to affiliates of Physicians Dialysis

Unilever plc
Advised Unilever in its acquisition of Dollar Shave Club

Pinnacle Entertainment Inc.
Represented Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. in its $2.8 billion acquisition of Ameristar Casinos, Inc.

Special Committee of the Board Of Directors of Caesars Entertainment Corporation
Represented special committee of the board of directors of Caesars Entertainment Corporation in connection with formation of a new joint venture and related $1.2 billion subscriptions rights offering

Tax-Free “Merger of Equals”
Represented international cable company in $11 billion tax-free “merger of equals” transaction utilizing “double-dummy” structure

Stock-for-Stock Tender Offer
Represented buyer in $4 billion stock-for-stock tender offer for publicly traded software company and subsequent squeeze-out merger

Tax-Free Merger
Represented seller in $3.2 billion tax-free merger involving the combination of both domestic and international packaging and manufacturing operations

Tax-Free Merger
Represented buyer in $2.1 billion tax-free merger between two domestic oil exploration and production companies

Stock-for-Stock Tender Offer and Subsequent Squeeze-Out Merger
Represented buyer in $1.5 billion stock-for-stock tender offer for outstanding minority public stake and subsequent squeeze-out merger

Splunk, Inc.
Advised Splunk, Inc. in its $190 million acquisition of Caspida, Inc.

Visa Inc.
Advised Visa Inc. in numerous acquisitions, including its acquisitions of TrialPay and Cardinal Commerce

Advised Yahoo! in multiple transactions, including its $640 million acquisition of Brightroll

Purchase of Professional Sports Franchise
Represented individual buyers in purchase of professional sports franchise

KRG Capital Partners
Represented KRG Capital Partners in numerous acquisitions and dispositions, including its sale of Avizent to Abry and its sale of Tronair to Levine Leichtman

VMG Partners
Represented VMG Partners in its sale of Mighty Leaf Tea to Peet’s Coffee

Main Post Partners
Represented Main Post Partners in its growth equity investment in KUIU, LLC, an outdoor sportswear retailer

Weston Presidio
Represented Weston Presidio in its sale of Edge Systems, Inc. and of Snooze Holdings, Inc.

Longitude Capital
Represented Longitude Capital in its investment in California Cryobank and its subsequent acquisition of Donor Egg Bank

Hellman & Friedman
Represented Hellman & Friedman in its acquisition of OpenLink Financial

Represented RE/MAX in its $250 million initial public offering utilizing a hybrid corporate/partnership “Up-C” structure and related “tax receivable agreements”

National CineMedia
Represented National CineMedia in connection with its $880 million initial public offering and related $800 million debt financing utilizing hybrid corporate/partnership “Up-C” structure and “tax receivable agreement”

Convertible Note Offering
Represented issuer in $1 billion convertible note offering utilizing “call-spread” hedging structure

Stock Rights Offering
Represented issuer in $1 billion stock rights offering

Convertible Note Offering
Represented issuer in € 500 million convertible note offering

Convertible Note Offering
Represented issuer in $500 million “pay-in-kind” convertible note offering

Bond Repurchase
Represented issuer in $300 million bond repurchase

Publicly-Traded Foreign Corporation
Represented holders of $1 billion of dividend-paying stock in publicly-traded foreign corporation

Monetization Strategy
Represented individual investor in “variable pre-paid forward contract” monetization strategy for concentrated position in publicly traded stock

Recognized by Best Lawyers in America 2020 in the area of Tax law.

Recognized by Who's Who Legal 2018 in the area of Corporate Tax.

Recommended for International Tax and US Taxes: Non-Contentious in Legal 500 US 2017 and 2019.

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