David Peterman

Clients hire me for the decades of experience I bring to every complex transaction and my collaborative approach to helping all parties find common ground. I start each transaction by identifying the business objectives that will make or break the deal for my clients and the various needs and pressure points other parties will bring to the table. Once I have a strong grasp of the competing interests at stake, I can keep everyone focused on achieving a win-win outcome without getting bogged down in irrelevant details that stir up pointless conflict.

David Peterman is a skilled dealmaker and business advisor with over 30 years of experience guiding domestic and international clients through mergers and acquisitions, securities transactions, complex corporate projects, and day to day operational matters. Companies of all sizes, buyers, sellers, issuers and investors rely on David to negotiate and structure a variety of transactions and corporate projects, including acquisitions and dispositions of stock, assets, and business divisions, carve-outs, and public and private securities transactions, and to solve and achieve operational challenges and objectives. He also has deep experience handling offerings, periodic reporting and providing strategic advice to public company boards and management.

David’s clients include major corporations, small and middle-market companies, closely held businesses, family-owned businesses, private equity funds and investors across every industry sector, from energy, manufacturing and industrial services to retail, media, hospitality, technology and many more.

Counseling clients on everyday legal and business concerns is also a significant strength of David’s practice. He provides strategic guidance on general commercial deals, corporate governance, employment issues, regulatory matters and proactive dispute resolution to avoid litigation. When a problem or opportunity falls outside of his practice focus, David gives clients access to the best resources available, whether it involves making a referral to an experienced lawyer in the firm or managing a versatile team of professionals that can achieve a positive outcome.

Representative Experience
  • Represented Genesis Park in its sale of Texas Monthly magazine to Enterprise Products
  • Represented Lime Rock Partners in multiple transactions, including the sale of GEODynamics, Inc. to Oil States International
  • Represented Tubal-Cain, a family owned business, in its sale to VLS Recovery Services, LLC, a portfolio company of Aurora Capital Partners
  • Represented the leading consolidator of the RV retail sector in its acquisition of the #2 volume RV dealer in Texas
  • Represented private equity funds and management teams in connection with private equity sponsorship of management teams to find, acquire, and develop oil and gas assets and mineral interests
  • Represented a leading project developer in developing a novel financing structure in which a private equity fund provided an equity commitment to support investment obligations of the project developer in connection with the construction and development of a natural gas gathering system
  • Representing a project developer in a project to joint venture with existing power plants to develop CO2 capture capability in compliance with Section 45Q requirements and related tax equity financing
Thought Leadership / News
  • Chambers USA, Texas: Technology: Corporate & Commercial  (2004 - 2013)
  • Texas Top Rated Lawyer, LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell (2013 - 2014)
  • Legal 500 U.S., Leading lawyer, M&A: Middle-Market (2016)
  • Legal 500 U.S., Recommended lawyer, M&A: Middle-Market (2013 - 2016)
  • The Best Lawyers in America – Corporate Law and Venture Capital Law (2007 - 2022)
  • Texas Super Lawyer (Thomson Reuters) (2006 - 2011, 2014 - 2018)
  • BTI Client Service All-Star, BTI Consulting Group (2010)
Organizational Involvement
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Houston Bar Association, Mergers & Acquisitions Section
    • Organizing Committee Member
  • J.D., with honors, The University of Texas School of Law (1985)
  • B.B.A., Finance, The University of Texas (1982)
Bar Admission
  • Texas
When I Feel Most At Home
  • Reading books – recent favorites include City of Thieves, All the Light We Cannot See, and The Dutch House.
  • Enjoying outdoor activities – hunting, fishing, golfing and just about anything that allows me to spend time outdoors.