David Smolen is the Managing Director, General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer of GI Partners. Mr. Smolen chairs the Firm's ESG Committee. Prior to joining GI Partners, Mr. Smolen was Senior Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer at Silver Lake. Prior to Silver Lake, he was the General Counsel, CFO & COO of Fort Mason Capital, a hedge fund specializing in growth capital investments. Earlier in his career, Mr. Smolen co-founded a venture investing firm focused on Latin America, practiced corporate law at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York, clerked for the Honorable Richard F. Suhrheinrich on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic.


  • J.D. from Stanford Law School
  • M.A. in Political Science and B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University