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David R. Yates advises clients on international and domestic public and private mergers and acquisitions, investments, divestitures, joint ventures, and strategic transactions, including those involving cross-border complexities. He also counsels private equity funds and their portfolio companies on a wide range of middle-market complex business transactions. David’s clients include a broad range of publicly owned and privately held U.S. and foreign companies.

David regularly represents foreign clients regarding U.S. acquisitions, as well as domestic companies in relation to their international expansion and divestitures.


  • Mergers & acquisitions
  • Private equity
  • Manufacturing and industrial sector
  • Corporate law
  • Latin America
  • Buyouts & exits
  • Auction processes



  • Represent Banneker Partners, a leading private equity fund focused on enterprise software businesses, in numerous transactions, including the acquisition of EFC Systems, Inc. by its portfolio company Dairy, LLC.
  • Represented the Monomyth Group in the joint venture formation of Anovion, LLC with JV partner Amsted Rail Company and the acquisition of Pyrotek's battery materials division, a manufacturer of synthetic graphite anode material critical for lithium-ion batteries. Anovion launched as a leader in the North American battery materials supply chain through the combination of key assets contributed by affiliates of Amsted Graphite Materials, a world leader in graphite materials science, and the acquired Pyrotek battery materials division and has the largest commercially operational production capacity of synthetic graphite anode material in the United States.
  • Represented Louisiana-Pacific Corporation in the sale of its CanExel® Siding Business including its East River facility located in Nova Scotia, Canada to Maibec, Inc. 
  • Represented American Virtual Cloud Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVCT), a Georgia-based premier global cloud communications offering proprietary UCaaS, CPaaS, and CCaaS capabilities and its subsidiary Computex Technology Group., a Texas based IT solutions provider specializing in data centers, enterprise networking, cloud, cybersecurity, and managed services, in the sale of Computex business to Calian Group Ltd., a Canadian based technology services consulting firm.
  • Represented Top Level Design LLC, a leading top-level domain owner and provider of registry services, in its sale of its “.design” top-level domain to GoDaddy Registry.
  • Represented Light Networks LLC, a provider of Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS), Contact Center as a Service (CCaaS), and network/telecom solutions to elevate digital interactions for their customers, employees, and partners, in its sale to Anexinet Corp., a portfolio company of private equity fund Mill Point Capital LLC.
  • Represented Louisiana-Pacific Corporation in its acquisition of BlueLinx’s prefinishing assets at a Granite City, Ill. facility located in St. Louis strengthening LP’s SmartSide Trim & Siding branded prefinished siding solution.
  • Represented SereneIT, Inc., an Engineering and IT solutions firm, managed services provider, and value-added reseller, in its sale to Anexinet Corp., a portfolio company of private equity fund Mill Point Capital LLC.
  • Represented American Virtual Cloud Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVCT) and its subsidiary AVCtechnologies in the carve-out acquisition of Ribbon Communications Inc.’s (NASDAQ:RBBN) Kandy Communications, an industry-leading proprietary, multi-tenant, highly scalable cloud communications platform, in an all-stock transaction.
  • Represented ATL Data Centers LLC, a Mining as a Service (MaaS) company, in its acquisition of a crypto-mining data center.
  • Serve as counsel to sponsor Monomyth LLC in numerous investment transactions.
  • Serve as counsel to sponsor Fifth Lake Management in numerous investment transactions.
  • Served as counsel to OmniMax International, Inc. in multiple domestic and international transactions.
  • Represented Accordion Health in its sale to Evolent Health.°
  • Represented Promerica Financial Corporation in multiple acquisitions, including the acquisition of Banco Citibank de Guatemala, S.A. and affiliate Cititarjetas de Guatemala Limitada, and the acquisition of shares representing 56 percent of Banco de la Producción S.A., Ecuador’s third-largest publicly traded lender.°
  • Represented South Florida company in the disposition of its portfolio of over 100 U.S. service station assets to 7-Eleven, Inc.°
  • Represented pharmaceutical marketing services company in its $65 million sale to a publicly listed company.°
  • Represented multiple multinational financial institutions in acquisition and divestiture transactions of private banking assets under management and loans.
  • Represented a Danish company, one of the world’s largest suppliers of frozen bread products, in its acquisition of a Florida-based company and on-going matters in the U.S.°

°The above representations were handled by Mr. Yates prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, 2023-2024
  • Member, Winning Team, The M&A Advisor Turnaround Awards, “Restructuring of the Year ($100 MM - $500 MM),” for the restructuring of Vivus Inc., 2021
  • Listed, The Legal 500 Latin America, “International Corporate/M&A,” 2012-2019
  • Listed, Chambers USA, “Corporate/M&A, Georgia,” 2013-2016
  • Team Member, Latin Lawyer Magazine, “Latin Lawyer 250 – International Category: Corporate and M&A,” 2006-2009; 2013-2016
  • Recognized, Daily Business Review, “Dealmaker: Corporate/M&A,” 2008-2016
  • Recipient, International Law Office and Lexology USA & Canada, “Client Choice Award, M&A–Georgia,” 2015
  • Finalist, The M&A Advisor, International M&A Awards, “Corporate/Strategic Acquisition of the Year (Over $100mm – $1 Billion),” 2015
  • Trustee, Ron Clark Academy, 2023-Present
  • Member, American Bar Association
    • Member, Committee on Mergers and Acquisitions
    • Member, Committee on Private Equity and Venture Capital
  • Member, State Bar of Georgia Business Law Section
  • Member (multiple Board committees), Covenant House of Georgia
  • Member, Yale Alumni Schools Committee


  • J.D., cum laude, University of Alabama School of Law, 2001
    • Member of the Managing Board, Internet Editor, Journal of the Legal Profession
  • M.B.A., University of Alabama, Manderson Graduate School of Business, 2001
  • B.A., Yale University, 1995
    • Letter Winner, Varsity Football
  • Georgia