David Batty is a partner in Chapman's Banking and Financial Services Department and a member of the Commercial Lending Group. David also serves as Chapman’s General Counsel. He concentrates his practice in the representation of commercial and investment banks in leveraged finance transactions.

David has acted as lead bank counsel, as well as borrower's counsel, for the structuring of credit facilities, including cross-border transactions, to finance mergers, acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations, and restructurings. He has focused his practice in middle market and large-cap transactions involving companies in consumer, retail, manufacturing, automotive, media, telecommunications, defense technology, and other industries. David's representation has also included restructuring transactions involving distressed credit facilities.

David has written and lectured on numerous capital markets topics, including second lien intercreditor agreements, leveraged acquisitions, and legal opinions. He has served as an adjunct professor teaching a secured transactions class at the University of North Carolina School of Law and has frequently been a faculty member for the school’s annual Banking Institute seminar.

David also maintains an active pro bono practice. His pro bono efforts were recognized with Chapman’s 2019 Pro Bono and Volunteer Achievement Award.


Boston College Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1991

George Washington University, B.A., cum laude, 1988


North Carolina


North Carolina Bar Association, Business Law Section

  • Legal Opinion Committee

University of North Carolina's Center for Banking and Finance

  • Board of Advisors
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