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David Kirkpatrick

Investment Banking

David Kirkpatrick, Senior Managing Director & Head of West Coast, is based in Marathon Capital’s San Diego office. He is a corporate finance, project finance, and M&A specialist with more than 30 years of experience in the cleantech and renewable energy sectors. At Marathon Capital, David advises clients on M&A buy and sell-side transactions, corporate equity capital raises, tax equity, and strategic consulting engagements. David focuses on solar, energy storage, wind, e-mobility, biofuels, green hydrogen, and cleantech sectors. In addition to his client activity, he serves on Marathon Capital's executive leadership team, manages Marathon Capital's South Korean expansion, and leads our charitable outreach program installing solar for low to moderate-income families.

David has advised on many transformative transactions such as the sale of SunPower’s C&I Solutions business to Total Energies and microinverter business to Enphase, multiple preferred corporate raises for PosiGen, tax equity raise for Generate’s fuel cell projects, the sale of multiple utility solar & BESS projects for OCI, Capital Dynamics, Hanwha, and Samsung, and the company sale of Black Bear Energy, GroSolar, FLS, Peak Clean Energy, and Mainstreet Power.

Prior to Marathon Capital, David 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. David 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, David 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 of renewable deployment.

David received a BA with honors from Emory University and was a Robert T. Jones Scholar for a post-graduate year at St. Andrews University. He received his MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was a founding member of the Sustainable Development Society. David holds Series 24, 63, and 79 licenses.