David Cecil is a Partner in the Strategic Advisory Group, based in Houston. Prior to joining PJT Partners, Mr. Cecil spent three years as the Executive Vice President of Corporate Development for Southwestern Energy (SWN), one of the largest U.S. natural gas exploration and production companies. At SWN, he was responsible for advising the CEO and Board on developing, managing and executing the company’s strategic direction. Prior to joining SWN, Mr. Cecil had a 20 year career in Strategic Advisory, most recently as a Managing Director and Head of Lazard’s North American E&P group, where he served from 2012 to 2017. Prior to Lazard, from 2007 to 2012, he was Managing Director of Scotia Waterous (USA), then the oil and gas arm of Scotiabank, where he was co-head of the Houston office and led the U.S. energy investment banking practice. Mr. Cecil has extensive experience in M&A (public and private corporate takeovers, cross-border mergers, corporate and divisional separations, joint ventures, asset acquisitions and divestitures and corporate and activist defense) having advised on several of the largest E&P transactions in the U.S. He has also been the lead industry advisor on numerous and notable liability management and restructuring engagements. Mr. Cecil received his BBA in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin and his MBA from Duke University.