David S. Schaffer


David S. Schaffer

Partner | 312.456.8748 | dschaffer@lgcounsel.com

David Schaffer is senior partner in the corporate practice, focusing on mergers, acquisitions, securities offerings and secured financing. Prior to joining the firm, David was partner and co-chair of the corporate practice of a leading international law firm.

Over the past 30 years, David has handled a wide variety of transactions for corporate entities, private equity firms, institutional investors and commercial banks. David has managed all aspects of these transactions, including anti-trust, cross-border, tax, real estate and regulatory issues. David has been recognized with the 2021 Leading Lawyers designation.

Bar Admissions
New York, 1989
Illinois, 1990
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 1991
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1991

Professional and Civic Affiliations
Elected as a Member, Chicago Board of Education, Local School Council, Walter Payton College Preparatory High School
Former Member, Governor of Illinois Conference on Housing
Former Secretary and Director, Christian Brothers Fund
Former Secretary, Las Olas Company
Former Secretary and Director, Mission of Our Lady of Mercy
Former Treasurer and Director, Lawyers Trust Fund of Illinois
Former Trustee, Nazareth Academy
Former Hearing Officer, Illinois Dept. of Financial Institutions
Judicial Clerk to Vice Chancellor Jack B. Jacobs of the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware, 1987 to 1988

• Acquisitions by Foreign Companies: Export Controls and Compliance with Anti-Trust Laws
• The Outlook for U.S. Corporate Tax Reform, Border Adjustments and Trade Actions
• Could President Trump Really Pull the U.S. Out of NAFTA? Basic Facts
• Understanding The Legal Aspects of International Business
• Doing Business with Financially Troubled Companies
• Loans to ESOPs Present Lender Opportunities
• Scandals May Prompt Suits From Bondholder Trustees
• Emerging Disclosure Issues for Municipal Securities
• Legal Issues in Representing Business Organizations
• Delaware’s Limit on Director Liability: How the Market for Incorporation Shapes Corporate Law

• “Regulatory Issues in Acquisitions by Foreign Companies and Compliance with Anti-Trust Laws”
• “Fraudulent Transfer Claims in Bankruptcy Proceedings”
• “Stop, Look and Listen: How to Avoid Getting Hit by the Bankruptcy Train”
• “Tender Offer Financing in the United States”
• “Initial Public Offerings and Related Matters”
• “Recent SEC Developments in Municipal Finance”
• “Emerging Disclosure Issues for Municipal Securities”
• “How to Acquire and Finance a Business in the United States”

Harvard University, J.D., 1987
The University of Chicago, A.B., with general and special honors, 1983
Loyola University of Chicago, 1979

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