David D’Urso Featured in Law360 Dealmakers Q&A

Akin Gump corporate partner David D’Urso was featured in Law360’s Dealmakers Q&A series, which looks at hot issues pertaining to mergers and acquisitions, private equity, real estate and project finance. Among the topics he covered:

  • The most challenging deal he has worked on: “There are two categories of deals that are always challenging: cross-border “carveout” transactions and transactions with family-owned businesses.”
  • Aspects of regulation affecting his practice that are in need of reform: “The Volcker Rule, as enacted in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, affects my practice area by limiting potential investors in private equity funds, thereby limiting the size and number of those funds.”
  • Upcoming trends or under-the-radar areas of deal activity he anticipates: Deal origination and sourcing will be key drivers for successful private equity sponsors. … Successful sponsors will be able to differentiate themselves by sourcing deals outside of the traditional auction process. Proprietary deals are more desirable because of the lack of competition, which leads to lower valuations and a greater likelihood of consummating the transaction.”

To read the full Q&A, please click here.