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David M. Grimes

David M. Grimes



  • Emory University School of Law, J.D., Professional Articles Editor of the Emory International Law Journal; Moot Court member
  • London School of Economics and Political Science, MSc, Comparative Government
  • College of William & Mary, B.A., Economics


  • French

David is a partner in Reed Smith’s New York and Paris offices who brings more than 25 years experience to cross border and domestic M&A, securities, commercial and restructuring transactions. He routinely represents companies and private equity funds (including their portfolio companies) in their acquisitions, dispositions and joint ventures, venture funds in their investments, and banks and other financial institutions in their financing transactions and restructurings. David has acted for clients in a variety of industries, with particular experience in media, life sciences, financial institutions, energy & commodities, chemicals and manufacturing.

David was the managing partner of Reed Smith’s New York Office from 2004 to 2006, was a co-founder of the firm’s Paris office, and formerly was head of Reed Smith’s Cross Border Transactions Practice Group.

Employment History

  • Reed Smith

Honors & Awards

  • Winner, Cross Border M&A Deal of the Year, The M&A Advisor, 2015.


David speaks and writes French fluently and earned his baccalauréat degree from a French lycée. He is a member of the Emory University School of Law Advisory Board and a founder and director of Anchor Health Care Initiative, a not-for-profit health clinic.