David K. Boston is a partner in the Corporate & Financial Services Department and Co-Chair of the Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group.  He has significant experience in merger and acquisition transactions involving public and private companies and in public and private offerings of equity and debt securities.  Dave regularly advises boards of directors and senior management on strategic and governance matters.


Dave represents strategic companies and private equity firms in a wide range of merger and acquisitions transactions, including purchases and sales of public companies and private companies, strategic equity investments, cross-border transactions, spin-offs and corporate control contests.  His practice covers companies in a variety of industries and geographies, with a focus on financial services, asset management and communications.

Capital Markets

Dave represents issuers and underwriters in capital markets transactions.  He has extensive experience in IPOs, follow-on equity offerings by seasoned companies and Rule 144A and registered debt offerings.  These securities offerings are by issuers across a variety of industries.  In addition, Dave advises companies regarding disclosure matters under the securities laws.

Chambers USA (2023) and Chambers Global (2023) rank Dave among the leading individuals practicing Corporate/M&A Law in New York.

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Dave’s representative M&A transactions include advising:

  • Level 3 Communications in numerous acquisitions and divestitures, including its:
    • sale to CenturyLink ($34 billion)
    • acquisition of tw telecom ($7.3 billion)
    • acquisition of Global Crossing Limited ($3 billion)
    • acquisition of Broadwing Corporation ($1.4 billion)
    • acquisition of TelCove, Inc. ($1.1 billion)
    • acquisition of WilTel Communications from Leucadia ($680 million) 
    • and its sale of Technology Spectrum to Insight Enterprises, Inc.
  • Curtis Instruments in its sale to Kohler Co.
  • Man Group plc in its acquisition of Varagon Capital Partners, L.P.
  • Franklin Templeton in its acquisitions of Legg Mason ($4.5 billion), Lexington Partners ($1.75 billion), Putnam Investments ($925 million), Alcentra, Benefit Street Partners and AdvisorEngine
  • Victory Capital in its acquisitions of USAA Asset Management Company, WestEnd Advisors, RS Investment Management and Munder Capital
  • Providence Equity Partners and Warburg Pincus in their $1.15 billion sale of Telcordia Technologies to Ericsson
  • Neuberger Berman in its $2.6 billion sale to Lehman Brothers
  • Hedge fund manager Ramius LLC in its business combination with Cowen Group
  • Cowen Group in its acquisition of LaBranche & Co.
  • Virtus Investment Partners in its acquisition of RidgeWorth Investments
  • Aberdeen Asset Management in its acquisition of Artio Global Investors, FLAG Capital Management, Arden Asset Management and ETF Securities
  • Elior in its acquisition of TrustHouse Services Group
  • The Titan Corporation in its $2.6 billion sale to L-3 Communications
  • América Móvil in its $1.8 billion acquisition of Telecomunicaciones de Puerto Rico from Verizon 
  • Teléfonos de Mexico in several transactions, including its:
    • acquisition of AT&T Latin America
    • acquisition of MCI’s controlling interest in Embratel Participacoes 
    • and the sale of its equity interest in MCI to Verizon
  • Cadmus Communications in its sale to Cenveo
  • Warburg Pincus in its acquisition of TransDigm Holding
  • Marsh in its sale of Crump Group to an affiliate of J.C. Flowers
  • Peter Kiewit Sons’ in its spin-off of Kiewit Materials
  • Kiewit Materials in its sale to Rinker Materials

Capital Markets
Dave’s representative capital markets transactions, include advising:

  • Franklin Templeton in notes offerings
  • Victory Capital in its initial public offering and secondary offering
  • CenturyLink in notes offerings
  • Level 3 Communications in numerous offerings of common stock, convertible notes and notes
  • Lennar in numerous notes offerings
  • Virtus Investment Partners in an offering of common stock and preferred stock
  • Ventas, Inc. in numerous offerings of common stock, convertible notes and notes
  • Deutsche Bank Securities and another underwriter in notes offerings of Rialto Holdings
  • Deutsche Bank Securities and J.P. Morgan in numerous common stock, preferred stock and convertible notes offerings of Strategic Hotel & Resorts
  • BofA Merrill Lynch and another underwriter in a preferred shares offering of Arch Capital
  • Telcordia Technologies in offerings of notes
  • Cowen Group in its initial public offering following its combination with Ramius
  • Neuberger Berman in offerings of common stock and convertible notes



Columbia Law School, J.D., 1991 Stanford University, B.A., 1988

Bar Admissions

Connecticut, 1991 New York, 1992