HOUSTON – Pillsbury has expanded its Houston corporate practice with the arrival of Dave Taylor. Taylor, who joins as a special counsel from Holland & Knight, has a diverse background that fits particularly well with many of Pillsbury’s strengths and will add to its offering across numerous practice areas.

“Dave is a talented lawyer whose multifaceted practice fits well with our Houston growth strategy,” said Houston office managing partner Amanda Halter. “While he will work closely with Andrew Strong to further develop our fast-growing biotech practice in Texas, the many synergies between his experience and the firm’s will undoubtedly benefit clients on other fronts as well, including on issues related to blockchain technology, fund formation and more general corporate and securities matters.”

Jeffrey Delaney, the leader of Pillsbury’s global Corporate practice, added: “We are seeing a growing appetite for the things that we do here at Pillsbury in Houston, particularly in the corporate space. Dave will help us grow that position.”

Taylor has more than 15 years of experience in the formation, regulation and operation of private investment funds, registered and unregistered investment advisers and broker-dealers. In the past five years alone, he has served as primary securities counsel with private funds making securities offerings in excess of $1 billion. He also regularly advises clients in mergers and acquisitions, primarily involving energy and production-related and upstream energy assets, and frequently helps clients in the development and marketing of payment systems utilizing blockchain technology.

“Pillsbury’s international corporate practice has grown substantially over the past few years to one that is consistently recognized among the most active, and Andrew Strong is a recognized leader in the Texas biotech community,” Taylor noted. “That momentum, paired with the firm’s expansion in Houston, presented a unique and exciting opportunity and I am excited to be a part of it.”

Pillsbury’s Houston office is an integral part of the firm’s global platform, advising clients in the Energy & Natural Resources, Financial Services, Real Estate & Construction and Technology sectors. Our strong local team leverages the full power of Pillsbury lawyers around the globe to develop and implement creative legal and business solutions.