David H. Cooper, Jr.

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David H. Cooper, Jr.

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David H. Cooper is member of the Economic Development and Tax Practice Group in the Birmingham office. Dave’s practice focuses on economic development incentive package structuring and negotiation as well as the representation of public and private companies in connection with various corporate matters and transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, public and private equity, corporate governance, compliance with federal and state securities laws, business planning and entity formation.

David H. Cooper is member of the Economic Development and Tax Practice Group in the Birmingham office. Dave’s practice focuses on economic development incentive package structuring and negotiation as well as the representation of public and private companies in connection with various corporate matters and transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, public and private equity, corporate governance, compliance with federal and state securities laws, business planning and entity formation.

Dave has extensive experience representing international manufacturing companies during their site selection and incentive negotiation process. Once a site is selected, Dave guides clients through the implementation of their new facility – from breaking ground to commencing operations.

Dave’s key areas of focus include site selection – greenfield and brownfield, incentive negotiation, cost-benefit and incentive analysis, compliance and risk management, community and governmental relations, commercial real estate transactions, contract negotiation and drafting, new industry planning and implementation, corporate mergers and acquisitions, and corporate formation.

Prior to attending law school, Dave worked as a Series 7 registered Investment Analyst for Johnson Sterling Paul Securities, Inc. where he developed institutional and individual client investment portfolios.

Experience

Site Selection, Real Estate and Project Implementation

  • Volkswagen Group of America (Chattanooga Automotive Manufacturing Plant) – National site selection counsel for location of $1 Billion automotive manufacturing plant, employing over 3,500 people and producing 180,000 vehicles per year
  • PulteGroup – Incentives counsel to national homebuilder relocating corporate headquarters from Detroit to Atlanta
  • VF Corporation – Incentives counsel to apparel conglomerate, VF Sportswear, in corporate relocation from Manhattan to New Jersey
  • Roxul Inc. – Site selection and corporate counsel for Danish stone wool insulation manufacturer’s first U.S. plant, which will employ approximately 150 people and require a capital investment in excess of $160 Million
  • Infinity Insurance Company – Real estate and incentives counsel to publicly traded automotive insurance provider in multiple corporate office transactions
  • CBC (AMERICA) Corp. – Site selection, incentives, and real estate counsel to automotive supplier
  • REHAU Automotive – Incentives and real estate counsel to automotive supplier
  • IPG Photonics – Incentives and real estate counsel to fiber laser technology company
  • Volkswagen Group of America (Roane Parts Distribution Facility) – Site selection counsel for parts distribution facility to support Volkswagen dealer network
  • Carpenter Technology Corp. – Incentives and real estate counsel to specialty alloy manufacturing company
  • Hibbett Sporting Goods – Site selection and real estate counsel to sporting goods distributor for location of distribution center, which was ranked #5 in “Birmingham’s Real Estate Deals of the Year” by Birmingham Business Journal
  • Jim Wilson & Associates – Incentives counsel to Riverchase Galleria’s 1.5 million square-ft. mall renovation project
  • Silver Companies – Project management counsel to major mixed-used, retail and entertainment planned development
  • Royal Technologies – Represented City of Cullman in structuring incentive and real estate matters for advanced manufacturing company producing automotive interior components and office furniture.
  • Courtesy Buick GMC – Incentives and real estate counsel to automotive dealer in showroom relocation.
  • Birmingham Barons Baseball – Represented City of Birmingham in negotiation of lease and development of downtown baseball stadium, Regions Field, which was named as “Birmingham’s Real Estate Deal of the Year” by Birmingham Business Journal.
  • Birmingham Zoo – On a pro bono basis, negotiated and structured funding arrangements, which facilitated creation of “Trails of Africa” elephant exhibit at zoo
  • Cadence Bank – Real estate and incentive counsel for bank headquarters and operations center, which was ranked #7 in “Birmingham’s Real Estate Deals of the Year” by Birmingham Business Journal
  • State of Alabama – Special Counsel to State of Alabama in location of ThyssenKrupp Steel and Stainless manufacturing facility as well as EADS Northrop Grumman Airbus project

Corporate Transactions

  • Rockwool International A/S – Counsel to Danish stone wool manufacturing company in acquisition of Chicago Metallic Corporation
  • Roxul Inc. – Merger and consolidation of US and Canadian subsidiaries into parent company
  • Sandstone Medical Technologies – Represented medical technology company in the sale to a private-equity–funded medical device company
  • P&S Transportation – Sale to national trucking company
  • Air & Space Media – Private stock offering and corporate representation
  • Awarix – Sale of medical technology company to publicly-traded Fortune Global 500 medical sales company
  • Bama Truss – Sale of construction components manufacturer to publicly traded building supply company
  • Tidwell DeWitt – Merger of regional firm with national top-20 accounting firm
  • Community Bank Organizations – Represented several de novo community banks in organization, funding, and start-up

Publications

1/10/2013
Economic Development News

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Alabama State Bar
  • Birmingham Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

You May Not Know

Dave is a deacon and finance committee member at his church, where he also serves on the board of their ballet program. Dave is a pilot and enjoys flying over the sites that his clients are considering.