David Burton focuses his practice on the tax aspects of energy transactions with an emphasis on the renewable energy sector. He has extensive experience structuring tax-driven vehicles, such as sale-leasebacks, flip partnerships, inverted leases and other structures, for the acquisition and financing of renewable energy assets. Among his noteworthy engagements, Mr. Burton has represented a project company as to Treasury Grant and tax matters in the financing of a $1.5B solar PV project in California supported by a Department of Energy loan guaranty; a prominent solar panel manufacturer in connection with a sale and leaseback of photovoltaic solar energy equipment to be installed on a site owned by the city of Galt in California; and a prominent solar panel manufacturer in connection with a sale and leaseback of photovoltaic solar energy equipment to be installed on a site owned by Castaic Lake Water Agency in California.
Prior to joining Akin Gump, Mr. Burton was the managing director and senior tax counsel at GE Energy Financial Services (GE EFS), one of the world's leading investors in energy projects. At GE EFS, Mr. Burton oversaw all of the tax aspects for over $21 billion in global energy projects from structuring transactions to accounting for taxes to formulating tax policy initiatives. During his tenure at GE EFS, the division's investments in wind, solar, hydro, biomass and geothermal power grew to $6 billion, making GE EFS the largest tax-advantaged energy investor in the U.S. Before joining GE EFS, Mr. Burton was a tax lawyer at GE Capital and primarily focused on aircraft and equipment leasing and financing and asset acquisitions. From 1996-2000, Mr. Burton was a tax lawyer at a large, international law firm in Philadelphia.
Mr. Burton is an active member of the tax committees of the American Wind Energy Association and the Solar Energy Industry Association. He also is a member of the tax committee of the Equipment Leasing & Financing Association.
Mr. Burton received his B.A. magna cum laude from Ithaca College in 1993 and his J.D. cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1996, where he was on the staff of The Tax Lawyer. He is a member of the New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey state bars.