David S. Ray
David’s practice broadly encompasses corporate transactions and general corporate and business law, including mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and startup company financings, credit finance and company formations.
David has worked on a variety of buy-side and sell-side mergers and acquisitions involving Colorado technology companies as well as national and international manufacturers, medical device developers, third wave coffee purveyors and oil & gas consultants, among others.
David’s venture capital transactions include convertible debt bridge financings, recapitalization transactions, and various Series A and later series financings.
David has assisted numerous startup and early-stage companies to form an entity that reflects the founders’ business understanding by drafting tailored operating agreements and stockholders’ agreements, implementing stock option plans and issuing initial grants, and appropriately issuing initial equity to align incentives, address tax issues and protect the interests of the company.
David began his legal career in the Palo Alto, California office of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, where he primarily represented large capitalization private equity clients in M&A transactions and served as issuer or underwriter’s counsel on high-yield bond securities offerings. David joined Kendall, Koenig & Oelsner PC in January 2015, where he focused his practice on serving startup companies, company founders and small and medium sized enterprises. David left KKO to found Bold Legal in October 2016.
David started his career structuring collateralized debt obligations at Lehman Brothers and as a management consultant for Axia, Ltd. David received a JD from Columbia Law School in 2012, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and an AB in Economics, cum laude, from Harvard University in 2007.
Beyond corporate law, David is boldly committed to fitness bootcamp, running, rock climbing, snow and water skiing, hockey, ping pong, developing intentional community, cheering on the Tennessee Vols and exploring Colorado with his girlfriend.