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David Willard
Founder, CEO - 52 Capital Partners

David P. Willard is the Founder, Chief Executive Officer & Managing Partner of 52 Capital Partners, LLC.  David is responsible for all major aspects of the firm’s executive management, strategy, client development, investment process and thought leadership, including his roles as creator of The 52 System™ and chair of The 52 Forum™, The 52 Institute™ and 52 Gives™.

Over the course of his career as a strategic M&A advisor and finance executive, David has executed and participated in many landmark M&A transactions and other transformational corporate matters at leading firms in the United States, Europe and Asia, including Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, closing 52 transactions totaling over $150 billion in aggregate deal value.  

David was previously the Vice President of Sage Capital LLC, a leading lower middle-market private equity firm, where he sourced, evaluated, structured, negotiated and executed acquisitions and investment opportunities, and contributed to the strategic management and financial oversight of five portfolio companies.  Prior to Sage Capital, David worked as a corporate lawyer at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New York City, where he advised Fortune 100® multi-national companies, financial institutions and private equity firms in connection with mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, debt and equity offerings, spin-offs, credit facilities, intellectual property matters, special situations, Board-level strategic considerations and risk management.