"[S]pots problems, finds solutions and gets the deal moved across the table."
Chambers USA, 2014 


David Duffee is a finance partner in Mayer Brown’s New York office, and is the leader of the firm’s New York Banking & Finance practice. He advises financial institutions and borrowers in lending transactions – both for US-based borrowers and in cross-border financings. A significant part of David’s practice focuses on Latin American lending. According to Chambers Latin America 2015, David is "[a] popular choice for syndicated bank financing."

Acquisition financings comprise a large part of David’s practice. He also works on lending transactions with insurance company borrowers. He has extensive experience with work-outs, debtor-in-possession financings and other distressed situations.


  • Englisch


  • Advised Natixis and BNP Paribas on the refinancing of Data4.
  • Represented YUM! Brands, Inc., and its subsidiaries Taco Bell of America, KFC Holding Co. and Pizza Hut Holdings, in their $3.5 billion senior secured credit facilities.
  • Represented Whirlpool Corporation in its $2.5 billion senior revolving credit facility.
  • Represented the arrangers of a $200 million senior secured credit facility for a leading supplier to the recreational vehicle and manufactured homes industries.
  • Advised the arranger of a syndicated credit facility to finance a real estate development in Costa Rica.
  • Represented the arrangers of the financing for the US$840 million acquisition by Colombia’s Celsia S.A. of Central American energy assets of French-based GDF Suez.
  • Represented an international bank in a US$150 million reserve-based lending facility for a Brazilian oil and gas producing and operating company.
  • Represented an international bank in connection with a US$300 million financing for Mexican rail company.
  • Represented an international bank in connection with a US$115 million financing for the owner and operator of open-pit copper mines in Arizona.
  • Represented a global home appliance manufacturer in connection with its US$3 billion multicurrency credit facility.
  • Advised the arrangers of a US$ 200 million financing for a Colombian oil and gas exploration company.
  • Represented an international bank in providing a US$138 million margin financing for one of the world’s largest private investment firms.
  • Represented the arrangers of a US$275 million financing for the acquisition of four drilling rigs to be used in the Gulf of Mexico and chartered to Petróleos Mexicanos.
  • Represented an international bank as the arranger of a US$100 million syndicated credit facility for a U.S. chocolate candy manufacturer.
  • Represented an international bank as the arranger of acquisition financings aggregating US$100 million for PhotoMedex, Inc.
  • Advised the arrangers of the US$1.8 billion financing for Sociedad Minera Cerro Verde S.A.A. to be used to finance a portion of the cost of the US$4.6 billion expansion of the Cerro Verde copper and molybdenum mining complex in Peru.
  • Advised the arrangers of a US$190 million syndicated credit facility (denominated in US dollars, Colombian pesos and Mexican pesos) for a multi-national packaging manufacturer.
  • Represented an international bank in connection with the financing of the US$400 acquisition of Nextel del Perú S.A by the Chilean telecommunications company, Empresa Telecomunicaciones S.A. (Entel).
  • Represented an international bank in connection with a US$1 billion credit facility for a Brazilian energy company.


Columbia Law School, JD

Harlan Fiske Stone ScholarHead Casenote and Comment Editor, Columbia Journal of Transnational Law

St. Olaf College, BA, magna cum laude

Phi Beta Kappa; National Merit Scholar



  • New York

Berufliche Aktivitäten

  • American Bar Association, Section of Business Law
  • The Association of the Bar of the City of New York