Rick D’Avino is a special advisor at the private-equity firm General Atlantic, where he is responsible for all matters related to taxes, working with firm’s investment teams and its portfolio companies. He is also a lecturer in law at the University Of Pennsylvania Law School.
D’Avino is also a managing director at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he works with the Vice Chairs of PwC's global tax teams, with select large clients, and with PwC's tax policy operation in Washington, D.C. and on recruiting tax partners.
Prior to joining General Atlantic and PwC, D’Avino was with General Electric, as vice president and senior tax counsel at GE Capital from 1991 until 2005 and subsequently as vice president and senior tax counsel at General Electric Company until 2013.
He was responsible for all aspects of taxation for GE Capital and, after 2005, for GE Corporate and for GE's interest in NBCUniversal as well. D’Avino served on the Boards of Directors of GE Capital Corporation and GE Capital Services from 2009 to 2012, and of GE SeaCo, a joint venture between GE and Sea Containers Ltd., from 1996 to 2011.
D’Avino served as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center from 1982 to 1990. D’Avino serves on the Penn Law Board of Overseers, was president of the Penn Law Alumni Board of Managers from 2010 to 2013, and recently completed two terms on the board of trustees at Pitzer College.
He clerked for Judge Alvin B. Rubin on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, after which he was an associate at Cohen & Uretz in Washington, D.C. D’Avico then served as an attorney-advisor and the Deputy Tax Legislative Counsel in the U.S. Treasury Department from 1983 to 1987. Prior to joining GE, Rick was a tax partner at King & Spalding in Washington, D.C.
D’Avino received his B.S. from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School in 1977 and graduated from its law school in 1980, where he was editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review.