David M.V. Barnes is a Managing Director in the Financial Sponsor Coverage Group. Based in Cowen’s San Francisco office, Mr. Barnes is responsible for developing and maintaining long-term relationships with middle market and mid-cap private equity firms
Prior to joining Cowen, Mr. Barnes was a Managing Director at Houlihan Lokey, where he was the architect and co-founder of the Financial Sponsor and Hedge Fund Coverage groups. Mr. Barnes has over 25 years of investment banking experience, which includes Vice President in charge of Mergers & Acquisitions at Protection One, Senior Manager at Coopers & Lybrand Securities, as well as principal investing experience associate at Brentwood Associates and Hancock Park Associates. Mr. Barnes began his finance career with Morgan Stanley.
Mr. Barnes graduated with honors from Harvard with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Sociology and received his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from UCLA.