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David H. Sands

Los Angeles
F: +1.213.443.2743
Orange County
T: +1.714.513.5100
F: +1.714.513.5130
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David Sands is a partner and Leader of the Entertainment and Digital Media Team. He is also the former Practice Leader of the Firm's Corporate Practice Group. David splits his time among the Firm's Los Angeles, Orange County, and Century City offices.

Areas of Practice

Mr. Sands handles major strategic and institutional transactions involving corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures.

Mr. Sands concentrates on the representation of companies involved in the media, entertainment and technologies industries and companies involved in the creation and distribution of financial products and financial services in a wide variety of key strategic transactions, including formation planning and initial capitalization, executive compensation structures, Internet and e-commerce arrangements and institutional capital transactions and other forms of equity and debt offerings (public and private), strategic alliances and partnerships, and merger and acquisitions (including take private transactions). He has extensive experience in providing counseling and providing strategic planning for the Firm's clients.


  • Top Entertainment Attorney, Variety's Legal Impact Report, 2017, 2019
  • Best Lawyer in America, Best Lawyers, 2017-2019
  • Top leading Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions (Venture Capital) Lawyer, Chambers & Partners', 2007-2016
  • "Most Influential M&A Advisors" in Los Angeles Business Journal, 2013
  • "Top Transactional Attorneys" in Variety's Legal Impact Report, 2013
  • "Game-Changing Attorneys" in Variety's Legal Impact Report, 2012 and 2015
  • Featured in Variety's "Dealmakers Impact Report '08." The profile covers several of his entertainment industry matters: representing Reveille owners in its sale to Shine, Cookie Jar in its purchase of DIC and a dispute with American Greetings, as well as Endemol in its acquisition of 51 Minds and Original Media.
  • Southern California Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers, 2009-2018
  • Mergers & Acquisitions, Legal 500, 2008-2012, 2014-2018
  • Which Lawyer?, Corporate/M&A, Practical Law Company, 2009-2012

Thought Leadership


Corporate & Securities Law Blog Posts

Financial Institutions Law Blog Posts


Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, "Building Relationships for Success," Houlihan Lokey Conference on Financial Services Industry, New York, NY, March 5, 2014