David led CNF’s successful development from its inception in 2008 until 2015. His innovations in developing CNF’s capital have contributed to the broader development of conservation trust funds and conservation finance.
Prior to joining CNF, David was widely recognized as one of Europe’s leading financial lawyers. During his 28-year career at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP (S&C), he advised principally on capital markets transactions of all kinds, including many of Europe’s most important privatizations. David was a driving force behind his firm’s expansion into French and German law during the 1990s, opened its Frankfurt office in 1995, and managed S&C’s organic expansion in continental Europe. He retired from S&C as an active partner in 2007 to pursue his other interests. David also serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of the Bank of Georgia, the Republic of Georgia’s leading commercial bank.
A citizen of the United States, David graduated from Yale College, received his law degree from UCLA, and was a Fulbright scholar at the University of Frankfurt.