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David J. Penna


David J. Penna

Mergers & Acquisitions
Washington DC

Advises clients on complex project development, financing and M&A transactions, with a focus on the energy, power and infrastructure sectors.

David represents sponsors, lenders, developers, multinational corporations and governmental entities in all phases of the development and financing of U.S. and international projects, with a focus on the energy, power and infrastructure sectors. He also regularly handles mergers and acquisitions, with an emphasis on deals involving power generation assets.

His practice encompasses the development and financing of wind, solar and biomass projects as well as natural gas, oil, LNG and petrochemicals projects. His work is recognized by Chambers, which quotes a client describing David as “practical and a problem solver, commercial and effective.”

In addition to his extensive experience in private practice, David served in a senior role at the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), providing strategic policy advice related to national security and international development. He also led the development and implementation of new policies and initiatives for the DFC.



Chambers USA – Projects

Chambers Global – Projects, USA


J.D., Yale Law School
B.A., Indiana University

Professional history

  • Davis Polk since 2023
  • Partner, Latham & Watkins, 2001-2019 and 2020-2023
  • Office of Strategic Initiatives, U.S. International Development Finance Corporation, 2019-2020

Qualifications and admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • State of New York
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