Senior Managing Director & Head of West Coast
Meet David Kirkpatrick
David Kirkpatrick is a Senior Managing Director and heads Marathon’s West Coast practice. He is a corporate finance, project finance, and M&A specialist with more than 25 years of experience in the cleantech and renewable energy sectors. At Marathon, Mr. Kirkpatrick advises clients on M&A buy and sell-side transactions, corporate equity capital raises, tax equity, and strategic consulting engagements. Mr. Kirkpatrick focuses on solar, energy storage, wind, e-mobility, biofuels, energy efficiency, and cleantech sectors. In addition to his client activity, he serves on Marathon’s executive leadership team, manages Marathon’s South Korean coverage, and leads our charitable outreach program installing solar for low to moderate-income families.
Mr. Kirkpatrick has advised on many transformative transactions such as the sale of SunPower’s C&I Solutions business to TotalEnergies for up to $250 million, PosiGen’s $100 million preferred equity financing led by Magnetar Capital, the sale of GroSolar to EDF, FLS Energy to Cypress Creek, Peak Clean Energy to Hep Global, Mainstreet Power to AES, the sale of Sunpower’s microinverter technology to Enphase valued at over $1 billion, $75 million tax equity raise for Generate for their fuel cell project deployment, OCI’s Project Ivory solar sale to DE Shaw and Samsung’s GW solar development portfolio sale.
Prior to Marathon, Mr. Kirkpatrick held various executive management roles in the energy and cleantech sectors. He was an energy specialist at the Boston Consulting Group, advising Siemens, Southern, and Sempra. Mr. Kirkpatrick originated and structured $2 billion of wind-related contracts at GE Wind. While at Imperium Biofuels, he ran business development overseeing biodiesel-related contracts. At NRG Solar, Mr. Kirkpatrick ran the distributed energy solar vertical. At EDF EN, he was the North American head of M&A and started and ran the solar business unit, managing project development, venture investments, and global procurement for GW’s renewable deployment.
Mr. Kirkpatrick received a BA with honors from Emory University and was chosen as a Robert T. Jones Scholar for a post-grad year at St. Andrews University. He received his MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was a founding member of the Sustainable Development Society. Mr. Kirkpatrick holds his Series 24, 63, and 79 licenses.