David Connolly is a partner in Shearman & Sterling's New York Mergers & Acquisitions Group. David represents multinational corporations and financial institutions in acquisitions and sales of public and private companies and their assets, solicited and unsolicited transactions, takeover defense strategies, joint ventures, and corporate governance matters. David's clients also include professional sports franchises and their owners, and he has been recognized by Legal 500 for his representation of those clients. In 2011, M&A Advisor named David to its 40 Under 40 list of outstanding M&A professionals. From 2002 through 2004, David practiced in Shearman & Sterling's Capital Markets Group, representing clients in public and private securities transactions, including offerings of high yield and investment grade debt, convertible securities, and common and preferred stock.