Geoff Davis concentrates his practice in domestic and international business transactions, including all phases of structuring, drafting and negotiating private equity investments, mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buy-outs, securities offerings (and periodic reporting matters), joint ventures and secured and unsecured loan transactions for large and small private and public companies, financial institutions and, primarily, sovereign wealth funds based in the Middle East.

Geoff represents clients investing in a broad range of industry groups, including emerging technologies, biotech, telecommunications, energy, banking, foods, shipping and terminals, real estate, textiles, chemicals and computer technologies. He represents funds and companies in connection with the preparation and negotiation of the terms of investments and exit strategies. He has extensive global experience in private equity transactions on behalf of one of the largest private equity investors in the world and has consummated more than 200 substantial private equity transactions in the United States, Europe and Asia in recent years.

Geoff has also structured unique market leading global custody and securities lending agreements between institutional investors and many of the world’s leading financial institutions and developed “state of the art” investment management agreements that have been broadly utilized by investors.

In addition, Geoff is active in assisting companies in raising capital and has acted as a director of Puma II, an offshore private equity fund, and Benefactor, Inc., a factoring company.

Geoff attended Amherst College, where he was selected to be the research and teaching assistant for Henry Steele Commager, the senior historian of the College. He was selected as a John Woodruff Simpson Fellow and Evan Carroll Commager Fellow while receiving his master’s degree in international law from Cambridge University.

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  • University of Cambridge, LL.M., 1987
  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1984
  • University of Cambridge, LL.B., 1982
  • Amherst College, B.A., 1980


  • District of Columbia, 1993
  • New York, 1985
  • Senior Courts of England and Wales, 2010

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  • Co-author, “Co-Investments: The Potential, The Pitfalls and The Protections,” Financier Worldwide (April 2005)
Speaking Engagements
  • Contributor, Capital Thinking Radio Show (March 31, 2011)
  • Moderator, “An Industry Perspective on Central Counterparties: Are they the ‘Good,’ the ‘Bad’ or Just ‘Neutral’ for the Advancement of the Securities Lending Industry?” 17th Annual Beneficial Owners’ International Securities Lending Summit, Scottsdale, AZ (February 13-16, 2011)
  • Panelist, “Old School Vs. New School Lending Debate: The Pros/Cons of Different Routes to Market for Today & the Future,” Beneficial Owners’ International Securities Lending & Collateral Management Conference, Phoenix, AZ (February 3-5, 2016)
  • Panelist, Sovereign Wealth Funds Conference, American University Kogod School of Business (November 2015)
  • Panelist, Sovereign Wealth Funds Conference, American University Kogod School of Business (October 2014)
  • Panelist, “State of the Money- An Update on Funding Options for Emerging Growth and Middle-Market Businesses,” ABA Business Law Section, CLE Program (November 19, 2010)

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