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David S. Hirsch

Partner

David focuses his practice in general corporate law, with dedicated emphases in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, commercial lending and securities law.  As a trusted advisor, David advises clients on matters ranging from everyday corporate governance and operational questions to strategic expansion and sophisticated financings.  Additionally, he serves as bond counsel, borrower’s counsel and bank counsel on a broad array of tax-exempt financing transactions.

David represents companies in all stages of business, including emerging and developing companies, established private middle-market businesses, and publicly held companies.  He also represents cannabis industry clients on corporate and capital formation matters.

Recent experience includes:

  • Represented the members of a predictive analytics software company in an equity sale to an Irish public company.
  • Represented several national banks in connection with the documentation of secured credit facilities ranging from $20 – $100+ million in size.
  • Representing a Massachusetts medical and adult use marijuana business with respect to formation, capital raising and operational matters.

 

Experience

Mergers & Acquisitions Experience:

  • Represented a public, state-chartered bank in connection with its merger into a large national bank.
  • Represented the members of a predictive analytics software company in an equity sale to an Irish public company.
  • Represented a regional food distribution company in an asset sale to one of the country’s largest food distribution businesses.
  • Represented a privately-owned consumer products distributor in several strategic corporate acquisitions.
  • Represented a United States parking company in large multi-property joint venture with national real estate fund and a Canadian parking company.
  • Represented the shareholders of a foreign exchange and international payments company in an equity sale to a privately-owned United Kingdom-based company.
  • Represented a jewelry manufacturer in connection with an asset sale to a growing jewelry business.
  • Represented a Class II Railroad in connection with its acquisition by one of the nation’s largest railroad operators.

Finance Experience:

  • Represented a Class I Railroad in:
    • an offer to qualified institutional buyers and non-United States persons to exchange outstanding debt securities for cash and $750 million of 30-year notes.
    • a $1.5 billion public offering of multiple series of senior notes, as well as several other public debt offerings.
  • Represented several national banks in connection with the documentation of secured credit facilities ranging from $20 – $100+ million in size.
  • Represented numerous borrowers in connection with obtaining new credit facilities.
  • Serves as bond counsel to the Massachusetts Development Finance Agency with respect to tax-exempt and taxable bond transactions.
  • Serves as bond counsel to the Rhode Island Health and Educational Building Corporation with respect to tax-exempt and taxable bond transactions.

Cannabis Industry Experience:

  • Representing a Massachusetts medical and adult use marijuana business with respect to formation, capital raising and operational matters.
  • Represented a service provider to a Maine medical marijuana licensee with respect to general corporate and operational matters.

Credentials

Work Experience

  • Hinckley Allen
    • Partner (2018-Present)
    • Associate (2009-2017)
  • Rhode Island Supreme Court, Appellate Screening Unit
    • Intern (2007)
  • Cohen Foundation
    • Dor L'Dor Staff Member, Israel (2006)
  • Wiley Rein LLP
    • Legal Assistant (2005-2006)
    • Project Assistant (2004-2005)

Charitable & Civic Involvement

  • University of Connecticut School of Business Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) Business Case Challenge, Judge (2016)

Bar Memberships

  • Connecticut, 2010
  • Massachusetts, 2009
  • Rhode Island, 2009

News & Insight

Firm News

Hinckley Allen Represents First Connecticut Bancorp, Inc. in $544 Million Transaction

June 20, 2018

Hinckley Allen is representing First Connecticut Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: FBNK), the holding company for Farmington Bank, in connection with First Connecticut Bancorp’s acquisition by People’s United Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: PBCT), the holding company fo…

Firm News

Hinckley Allen Expands Partnership, Elevating Six Attorneys to Partner

January 12, 2018

Hinckley Allen today announced that the following attorneys have been elevated to Partner: John L. Arnold, Christopher V. Fenlon, David S. Hirsch, Seth M. Pasakarnis, Nathan R. Sabourin, and Michael J. Tentindo. These attorneys assumed their new positions …

Publication

Tips for Recreational Marijuana Use Policies in “Social Model” Assisted Living Residences

May 7, 2019

As more states consider legalizing recreational marijuana, assisted living residences (ALRs) face a unique challenge: residents that chose to use this product.  Formal guidance regarding how ALRs should address a resident’s use of recreational marijuana…

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SEC Rule 15c2-12 Amendments Require Disclosure of Additional Events

August 28, 2018

On August 15, 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) finalized and adopted amendments to Rule 15c2-12 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Rule 15c2-12), which proscribes certain notice requirements pertaining to obligations of state and loc…

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Cryptocurrency Regulations are Taking Shape

April 17, 2018

As originally seen in Law Technology Today.Despite significant recent media coverage, questions remain regarding how regulators will treat cryptocurrencies. In light of these questions, it is critical for business leaders and investors to understand how U.

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Supreme Court Rules That Whistleblowers Must Report to the SEC to Benefit from Dodd-Frank Protections

March 6, 2018

On February 21, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court held, in Digital Realty Trust, Inc. v. Somers[1] (“Digital Realty”), that the anti-retaliation protections for whistleblowers under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (“D…

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Case Study

Hinckley Allen Representing First Connecticut Bancorp, Inc. in $544 Million Transaction

Hinckley Allen is representing First Connecticut Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: FBNK), the holding company for Farmington Bank, in connection with First Connecticut Bancorp’s acquisition by People's United Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: PBCT), the holding company for …

Case Study

Hinckley Allen Represents Bankwell Financial Group, Inc. in its Acquisition of Quinnipiac Bank & Trust Co.

Hinckley Allen represented Bankwell Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: BWFG), a Connecticut bank holding company of Bankwell Bank, in its acquisition of Quinnipiac Bank & Trust Company. The acquisition will add approximately $100 million in assets to Bankw…

Case Study

Hinckley Allen Represents Propark America in the Formation of a $500 Million Joint Venture

Hinckley Allen represented Propark America, a national parking services provider, and its affiliates in connection with the formation of a joint venture investment (“the joint venture”) that will seek to acquire and aggregate up to approximately $50…

Case Study

Hinckley Allen Representing Royal DSM on $2.6 billion Pharma Transaction

Hinckley Allen is representing Royal DSM, a global life sciences and material sciences company client, in a $2.6 billion series of transactions that will combine Patheon, Inc. (TSX: PTI) and the DSM Pharmaceutical Products business group into a new company…

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Hinckley Allen Represents Online Education Client, Hospice Education Network, Inc., in Exit Transaction

Hinckley Allen recently represented Hospice Education Network, Inc. in its sale to Relias Learning, the leader in online learning content and learning management systems for the senior care industry. The acquisition will add over 160 hospice and palliative…

Case Study

Hinckley Allen Represents Bankwell Financial Group, Inc. in its IPO

Hinckley Allen represented Bankwell Financial Group, Inc., a bank holding company that, through its subsidiary Bankwell Bank, serves the banking needs of residents and businesses throughout Fairfield County, Connecticut, in its $48.6 million initial public…

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Events

Past Event

Medical Marijuana Law in Connecticut

August 27, 2018

David S. Hirsch and Daniel L. Gottfried will be speaking at National Business Institute's seminar on Medical Marijuana Law in Connecticut. While medical marijuana creates opportunities for those with qualifying conditions, it also can lead to a myriad of …

Past Event

Learning Startup Culture: Innovation and High Tech Ecosystem

June 14, 2018

Partner David Hirsch is moderating a panel discussion about the entrepreneurial spirit in Israel and how Rhode Island the Latino and Israeli communities can collaborate to learn and benefit from these experiences and relationships. Co-hosted by the Rhode I…

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The Business Value Inaugural Breakfast "Building Value in Your Business While Running In"

October 19, 2017

Hinckley Allen's David Hirsch is speaking at The Business Value Forum's Inaugural Breakfast event focused on "Building Value in Your Business While Running It." This event will bring together company owners, executives, and advisors to discuss the importan…

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Practical Advice for Raising Capital

October 6, 2016

Hinckley Allen Associate David S. Hirsch spoke at the Hartford Capital Summit, providing practical advice for raising capital.

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