David E. Barrett

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

New York
United States
T:+1 212 318 3037
New York
United States
T:+1 212 318 3037
David E. Barrett

David E. Barrett


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David E. Barrett is a member of Norton Rose Fulbright's Corporate, M&A and Securities and Financial Institutions practice areas. He advises buyers, sellers and investors on acquisitions and disposals, investments, joint ventures, restructurings and other transactions involving financial, insurance, technology and industrial businesses of all types. A significant portion of his clients are global institutions and firms domiciled outside of the U.S., and Mr. Barrett has considerable experience representing non-U.S. clients on acquisitions and divestitures of U.S. targets.

Mr. Barrett has extensive experience with transactions involving financial institutions, asset and wealth management firms, broker-dealer and trading firms, insurance companies, insurance agencies and brokers and financial- and insurance-related technology (fintech and insurtech) businesses. His clients include private equity and hedge fund sponsors, as well as other financial investors, including pension funds.

Mr. Barrett also actively advises insurance companies and managing general agents on underwriting M&A representations and warranties insurance policies and other transactional risk policies.

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JD, Harvard Law School, 2001
BA, Emory University, 1998

  • New York State Bar
  • Quility, an insurtech company, in the sale of a minority stake to F&G Annuities & Life
  • HSBC in its investment and joint venture with Tradeshift, a B2B fintech company
  • Intercontinental Wealth Advisors in its sale to CI Private Wealth (Corient)
  • Raymond James in its acquisition of SumRidge Partners, a fixed income electronic market maker
  • The Bank of Montreal in the sale of its EMEA asset management business and transition of certain US assets to Ameriprise's Columbia Threadneedle Investments
  • Waddell & Reed Financial in its sale to Macquarie Asset Management and the sale of its wealth management business to LPL Financial for $1.7 billion
  • Raymond James in its acquisition of Northwest Plan Services (NWPS)
  • Optima Fund Management in its sale to Forbes Wealth Management
  • Eagle Asset Management, a division of Raymond James Financial, in its acquisition of ClariVest Asset Management
  • Mercer Investments, a division of the Marsh & McLennan Companies, in its acquisition of Summit Strategies Group
  • Fidante Partners in its strategic partnership and acquisition of a minority stake in Latigo Partners
  • Aquiline Capital Partners in the sale of Beach & Associates to Acrisure
  • Konica Minolta, Inc. in its acquisition of Invicro LLC
  • Credit Suisse in the sale of NEXT Investors' interests in FastMatch, Inc. to Euronext, in connection with Euronext's acquisition of 90% of FastMatch in a transaction valued at $170 million in equity value 
  • Carillon Tower Advisers, Inc., a division of Raymond James Financial, Inc., in its acquisition of Scout Investments Inc. from UMB Financial Corp. for $172.5 million
  • Siebert Financial Corp. in its sale to Kennedy Cabot Acquisition, LLC
  • Diversified financial services firm in the acquisition of a wealth management business from a global bank
  • Financial and strategic buyers of minority interests in asset management firms, including hedge, private equity and other fund sponsors utilizing alternative strategies
  • Diversified financial services firm in multiple acquisitions of asset management firms and financial technology businesses
  • Global insurance company in its acquisition of a retirement plan servicing business
  • Publicly-traded asset management firm in its sale to a multinational banking and financial services corporation
  • Global banking and financial services company in the sale of its primary U.S. asset management division to private equity
  • U.S. brokerage firm in its sale to a global financial services firm
  • Global financial services firm in the sale of its minority interest in an investment and technology firm
  • New York Metro Super Lawyer, Mergers and Acquisitions, Thomson Reuters, 2019 - 2020
  • New York Metro Rising Star, Mergers and Acquisitions, Thomson Reuters, 2013 - 2018
  • Legal 500 US, recommended lawyer, M&A: Middle-Market ($500m-999m), The Legal 500, 2017 - 2019
  • IFLR 1000 - United States, Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC, 2019 - 2021
  • Panelist, "Evolving Industry Trends – What is Insurable in 2023?" 7th Annual Reps & Warranties and Transactional Liability Insurance ExecuSummit, May 2, 2023
  • Panelist, "New Applications of R&W Coverage: SPACs, Minority Investments, Secondary Transactions," 6th Annual Reps & Warranties and Transactional Liability Insurance ExecuSummit, May 3, 2022
  • Faculty Speaker, "Asset Management M&A: Deal Structuring, Due Diligence, Consent Requirements, and Regulatory Concerns," Strafford webinar, April 6, 2022
  • Panelist, "Where R&W Insurance is Going: Thoughts and Insights into the Future of the Product," 5th Annual Reps & Warranties and Transactional Liability Insurance ExecuSummit, May 18, 2021
  • Featured Speaker, "Representations and Warranties Insurance," Currents Podcast, September 12, 2018
  • Co-Speaker, "Initial Coin Offerings," Financial Services 40-Minute Briefing, October 5, 2017
  • Co-Presenter, "Blockchain and Smart Contracts: An Introduction," Marsh USA web seminar, July 27, 2017
  • Moderator, "Fintech: Smart contracts and regulating for innovation," Norton Rose Fulbright, January 5, 2017
  • Co-Speaker, "Brexit," Financial Services 40-Minute Briefing, November 2, 2016
  • Speaker, "Smart Contracts," ACC Annual Meeting, October 2016
  • Moderator, "Brexit: What it is and how it will affect your business," Norton Rose Fulbright, May 2016