David Bakst is a partner in Mayer Brown's New York office and a member of the Corporate & Securities practice focusing on capital markets. His practice focuses on a wide variety of public and private securities offerings ranging from large New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ listed IPOs and multibillion-dollar debt offerings to smaller private offerings. With more than 20 years of capital markets experience, particularly focusing on securities offerings involving non-US issuers, David has led securities offerings for a number of the most prominent issuers in Europe, Asia, Australia, and Latin America. He advises clients from a broad range of industries, including life sciences, financial services, energy, telecommunications, and technology. David regularly advises leading investment banking firms on domestic and international capital markets offerings, and also advises companies regarding Securities Act and Exchange Act compliance, NYSE and NASDAQ compliance, corporate governance, and Sarbanes-Oxley Act matters.

David is recognized as a “Lawyer of the Year” for Securities/Capital Markets Law in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. For three consecutive years, he has been ranked as “highly regarded” by the IFLR1000 guide for Capital Markets: Debt, Capital Markets: Equity, and M&A in the United States. David has also been recommended by The Legal 500 US in the Capital Markets: Debt, Equity and Global Offerings categories, as well as in the Healthcare: Life Sciences category. The guide notes, "David Bakst is an experienced capital markets specialist with significant expertise in a variety of global markets."

Spoken Languages

  • English
  • Hebrew


Boston College Law School, JD, cum laude
Editor-in-Chief, International & Comparative Law Review, 1995-1996

Northwestern University, BA


  • New York


  • New York State Bar Association
  • New York City Bar Committee on Securities Regulation