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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.


  • Leveraged buyouts
  • Auction processes
  • Cross-border transactions
  • Mergers & acquisitions
  • Private equity
  • Buyouts & exits
  • Corporate law
  • Latin America



  • Serve as counsel to sponsor Monomyth LLC in numerous investment transactions.
  • Represented a private equity fund in the divestiture of a division of a portfolio company.
  • 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 global private equity fund in its acquisition of a leading golf management company.°
  • Represented multiple multinational financial institutions in acquisition and divestiture transactions of private banking assets under management and loans.°
  • Represented Banco de Sabadell, S.A. in its acquisition from The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation of all the stock of Mellon United National Bank, which had deposits of $1.675 billion and $875 million in loans.°
  • Represented one of Spain’s leading construction groups in expansion into oil waste management in the United States through its acquisitions of two subsidiaries of Siemens Water Technologies Corp. for $182.4 million.°
  • 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.°
  • Represented a number of private foreclosure, bankruptcy, eviction, and REO services-information processing businesses in the sale of non-legal support assets to a private equity fund.°

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


  • 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
  • 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


  • J.D., cum laude, University of Alabama School of Law
  • M.B.A., University of Alabama, Manderson Graduate School of Business
  • B.A., Yale University
  • Georgia