David K. Burton is a partner in Mayer Brown's New York office and a member of the Tax Transactions & Consulting practice. He leads Mayer Brown's Renewable Energy group in New York. He advises clients on a wide range of US tax matters, with a particular emphasis on project finance and energy transactions. In addition, he also advises clients on tax matters regarding the formation and structuring of domestic and offshore investment funds.
David has extensive experience structuring tax-efficient transactions, such as sale-leasebacks, flip partnerships, pass-through leases and other structures, for the acquisition and financing of renewable energy assets.
Earlier in his career, David 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, David oversaw all of the tax aspects for more than $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 US. Before joining GE EFS, David was a tax lawyer at GE Capital and primarily focused on aircraft and equipment leasing and financing and asset acquisitions.
David received the “Distinguished Legal Writing Award (Law Firm)” as part of the 2016 Burton Awards. He also is a co-editor of Tax Equity Times
, which addresses issues at the intersection of renewable energy and tax policy in the United States. David has been recognized by A Word About Wind’s
"Legal Power List 2016", the definitive rundown of the 100 most influential lawyers working on the financial side of the global wind sector. David is also recognized by Chambers USA
2015 in the area of Projects: Renewables & Alternative Energy.
David received his BA magna cum laude
from Ithaca College in 1993 and his JD cum laude
from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1996, where he was on the staff of The Tax Lawyer