David Hooper provides experienced and practical advice to help clients grow and achieve success. Whether assisting public companies, financial institutions, closely held entities, fund sponsors, or individuals, David offers sophisticated guidance in a responsive and collaborative manner on securities, mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, and corporate law matters.
David is the chair of the firm’s Securities and Capital Markets Practice Group and concentrates his practice in the areas of securities offerings and regulatory and advisory matters, mergers and acquisitions, financial institutions, corporate governance, investment management, and private investment funds.
A trusted adviser, David regularly counsels clients on a variety of securities regulatory matters, public and private securities offerings, M&A, bank regulatory matters, broker-dealer and investment adviser registration and regulation, corporate governance matters, commodities, swaps, and derivatives regulation, private investment fund formations and regulatory compliance, and a number of other general corporate matters.
Securities and Capital Markets
David regularly advises clients on a variety of securities law compliance, disclosure, regulatory, and capital raising matters, including:
- Registered and exempt equity and debt securities offerings
- Advising clients in connection with the preparation of periodic and current reports (10-Ks, 10-Qs, and 8-Ks), proxy statements, beneficial ownership and reporting disclosures, and other disclosure documents filed with the SEC
- Advising clients in connection with regulated proxy solicitations, tender offers, rights offerings, and going private transactions
- Representing clients in designing and implementing stock exchange and SEC-compliant corporate governance policies, practices, and procedure
- Advising clients on CFTC regulatory matters
- Advising public company boards of directors with respect to fiduciary duties in change-of-control, corporate governance, and other contexts
- Advising clients regarding stock trading inquiries by FINRA, the SEC, and other regulators
Mergers and Acquisitions
David regularly advises both public and private companies on M&A transactions in a variety of industries, including banking and financial institutions, broker-dealers, investment advisers, and other financial services, manufacturing, consumer retail and apparel, engineering, and software and technology.
Banking and Financial Institutions
David regularly represents banks, thrifts, bank holding companies, financial holding companies, and savings and loan holding companies in mergers and acquisitions (on both the buy and sell side), asset sales, securities offering and regulatory matters, and state and federal bank regulatory and compliance matters.
Investment Advisers and Broker-Dealers
An integral part of David's practice involves advising clients on a wide-range of investment adviser and broker-dealer registration and regulatory issues. This includes advising clients on federal and state registration and compliance issues; FINRA membership matters; commodity trading advisor and commodity pool operator regulation; change in control issues and mergers and acquisitions involving investment adviser and broker-dealer firms; broker-dealer and investment adviser compensation arrangements; developing and refining supervisory procedures and compliance programs for broker-dealer and investment advisory firms; and advising issuers and financial market participants with respect to finders and business-broker relationships.
Private Investment Funds
David regularly represents private investment funds and fund sponsors in structuring, negotiating, and forming private equity, venture capital, real estate, and hedge funds, as well as commodity pools. David advises clients regarding the planning and structuring of pooled investment vehicles, regulatory compliance, and related registration matters. He assists fund sponsors in preparing all the documentation necessary for a fund formation, including the offering memorandum, limited partnership agreement and/or operating agreement, subscription documents, investment advisory agreement, custodial and prime brokerage agreements, administrator agreement, and other back-office agreements. David also advises clients on new laws, events, and regulations affecting the private fund industry.
Professional and Community Involvement
Chairman, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, Indiana Region Advisory Board
Barnes & Thornburg Firm Liaison, National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO)
Former chairman, Indianapolis Bar Association Business Law Section Executive Committee
Indiana Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2009, 2013-2015
The Best Lawyers in America, 2022-2024