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Founder & Managing Director

David is a Managing Director of Water Street Partners, which he co-founded in 2008.  David works with clients across the globe, in all phases of the joint venture lifecycle from deal making to restructuring and exit.  

Prior to founding Water Street Partners, David spent 22 years at McKinsey & Company. David founded and led the JV and Alliance Practice at McKinsey, where he also was a leader of the firm’s Corporate Finance and Strategy practices. As a longstanding partner at McKinsey, David advised on more than 300 transactions, including many of the largest energy and technology JVs in the world. He has served companies across the deal lifecycle, including deal strategy, structuring, valuation, negotiation, governance, restructuring and exit.

Author of the book Collaborating to Compete, David has also written articles in the Harvard Business Review, the Financial TimesCFO Magazine, and many other business publications.

Prior to McKinsey, David was an economist with Chase Econometrics and Evans Economics.  He holds graduate and undergraduate degrees in economics from Tufts University.  David grew up in Ethiopia and Korea.

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