David C. Rieveschl

201 St. Charles Avenue
Suite 3600
New Orleans, Louisiana 70170
T: 504.566.8660
F: 504.585.6960


David C. Rieveschl concentrates his practice in the areas of corporate, mergers and acquisitions, and securities law. His practice includes structuring public and private sales of equity and debt instruments and advising clients on compliance with federal and state securities laws. In addition, Mr. Rieveschl regularly counsels established and emerging enterprises on issues affecting legal structure, intellectual property rights and venture capital financing, with particular focus on the life sciences, technology and energy industries. Mr. Rieveschl also represents publicly traded and privately held clients (as buyers and sellers) in complex merger, stock and asset purchase transactions.

Recent Representative Matters

  • Represented Macquarie Infrastructure Partners III and other investors in their successful acquisition of Cleco Corporation (a public utility holding company based in Louisiana). The Firm was involved in both the acquisition and financing of the deal, which spanned the course of two years. The complex deal was valued at $4.7 billion.
  • Represented publicly traded health care company, including its $106 million acquisition of leading competitor and $76 million initial public offering.
  • Advised gaming company in: (1) restructuring of Louisiana subsidiaries through multi-step process of mergers, conversions and liquidations, producing projected Louisiana tax savings of approximately $3 million per year; (2) issuance of $500 million worth of senior notes in connection with corporate refinancing; and (3) amendment of credit facility extending existing facility by $1.5 billion.
  • Represented retirement community in connection with $30 million revenue bond issuance by St. Tammany Public Trust Authority to finance construction of new facilities.
  • Represented oil and gas exploration company in acquisition of multiple offshore oil leases located in Gulf of Mexico and production payment purchase financing arrangement to fund workovers of existing wells in Gulf of Mexico. 
  • Represented wine company through negotiation and implementation of international wine supply agreement and trademark cross licensing agreements with Chilean wine company.  
  • Represented leading global provider of on-demand electronic messaging and transaction services, including its $67 million acquisition of major competitor and $70 million senior convertible debt offering.
  • Represented telecommunications holding company, including its $201 million senior convertible debt offering and $81 million acquisition of group of Louisiana based cellular tower companies.
  • Guided publicly traded energy company through tax-driven corporate restructuring.
  • Counseled specialized supplier of biofuel energy systems engaged in the design, manufacture and construction of biofuel combustion plants for the production of heat or combined heat and power for clients in North America.
  • Counseled startup venture engaged in the production and distribution of cellulosic ethanol.
  • Advised developer of clean combustion technologies for biosolids and other organic wastes in its offering and sale of up to $42 million of Series B Preferred Stock to group of United States and international investment funds.
  • Represented company engaged in the importation, distribution, marketing and sale of wine, including its initial rounds of financing and trademark protection of brands created.
  • Guided leading provider of automated wide-area surveillance through its sale to leading provider of energy and environmental solutions, building controls, fire safety and security systems.
  • Oversaw bank holding company's $48 million sale to publicly traded strategic acquirer.
  • Represented publicly traded bank holding company, including its $23 million acquisition of strategic target.
  • Guided publicly traded bank holding company through its going private transaction.
  • Represented multiple non-profit educational institutions in Louisiana government bond financing transactions.

Publications & Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker – "Equity Crowdfunding," Louisiana Technology Park, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, August 10, 2016 
  • Moderator – "Private Equity Exit Strategies," ACG Louisiana's 5th Annual Taste of New Orleans, November 4, 2015
  • Moderator – "Delaware South? What You Need to Know About the New Louisiana Business Corporation Act," Baker Donelson event, February 5, 2015 
  • Co-author – "Renewable Energy," Recent Developments in Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Industries, American Bar Association, 2013 edition
  • Panelist – "Building Better Entrepreneurs: Generating the Best Talent through Education," New Orleans Entrepreneurship Week, Tulane Day, March 19, 2013
  • Co-author – "Renewable Energy," Recent Developments in Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Industries, American Bar Association, 2012 edition
  • Keynote Speaker – "Introducing the Benefit Corporation: A Step-by-Step Primer on Becoming a B Corporation in Louisiana," New Orleans Chamber of Commerce Green Committee Seminar, August 9, 2012
  • Organizer and Presenter – Baker Donelson Emerging Company Boot Camp, New Orleans Entrepreneur Week, New Orleans, Louisiana, March 25, 2011
  • Panelist – The Idea Village Entrepreneurship 101 Series, New Orleans, Louisiana, January 5, 2011
  • Organizer and Presenter – Baker Donelson Emerging Company Boot Camp, Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Louisiana, November 16 and 18, 2010
  • Panelist – Technology Issues in Acquisitions, 23rd Annual Technology Law Institute, Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia, Atlanta, Georgia, October 16, 2008

Professional Honors & Activities

  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in Corporate Law, 2015 – 2017
  • Listed since 2012 in Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers in Corporate/M&A Law
  • Listed in Louisiana Super Lawyers in Securities/Corporate Finance Law, 2013 – 2016
  • Recognized as a "Top Lawyer" by New Orleans Magazine in Venture Capital Law, 2013; Corporate Law, 2015
  • Named to "Silicon Bayou Top 100" by the Silicon Bayou News, 2013
  • Recipient – Firm Pro Bono Award, 2012
  • Board Member – Tulane Association of Business Alumni
  • Member – Louisiana Technology Council
  • Member – Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Member – State Bar of Georgia
  • Member – Bar Association of the District of Columbia
  • Member – New York State Bar Association
  • Member – American Bar Association
  • Board Member – Association for Corporate Growth, Louisiana Chapter

Civic & Community Activities

  • Member – Audubon Nature Institute
  • Member – USA Triathlon
  • Member – Tulane Association of Business Alumni
  • Member – Tulane Law Alumni Association
  • Member – Duke Alumni Association and Duke Club of Louisiana
  • Member – Lawrenceville Alumni Association


  • Louisiana, 2003
  • Georgia, 2007
  • District of Columbia, 1998
  • New York, 1998


  • Tulane Law School, J.D., 1997, magna cum laude
    • Managing Editor, Tulane Law Review
  • A.B. Freeman School of Business, M.B.A., 1997
  • Duke University, B.A., 1991