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Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

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David Shapiro

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Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

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Mr. Shapiro is a tax partner and co-chair of the Firm’s Tax Department. His practice spans numerous types of tax issues, including in the areas of fund formation and mergers and acquisitions. He regularly represents leading fund sponsors in fund formation, including funds and funds-of-funds with a focus on equity, mezzanine debt, senior loans, distressed debt and real estate, and also focuses on M&A and other corporate transactions, frequently for fund clients. Mr. Shapiro has also regularly represented public and private companies in a variety of domestic and cross-border transactions, as well as in public and private debt and equity financing transactions. Clients include Bain, BlackRock, Brookfield, Fortress Investment Group, Goldman Sachs & Co., KKR, HPS Investment Partners, and Neuberger Berman, among others.


Mr. Shapiro joined the Firm in 1992 and became a partner in 2000.


Mr. Shapiro received his JD from Columbia University School of Law in 1992, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and a member of the Law Review. He received his AB, magna cum laude and with distinction in all subjects, from Cornell University in 1989.

United States: Tax

US taxes: non-contentious

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David Shapiro - Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Within: US taxes: non-contentious

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP’s New York- and Washington DC-based tax team is ‘excellent in all regards’, with a ‘great ability to understand business’ and a ‘practical knowledge of markets’. The practice is best known for its hedge and equity fund formation, asset management, public M&A and financing tax work. David Shapiro assists BlackRock Investment Management with the activities of its Global Renewable Power Fund II, including investments into renewable energy projects in OECD member countries. Another recent highlight was advising on the sale of client Humana to Aetna for $37bn. Corporate tax partner Alan Kaden has ‘unbelievable tax knowledge, problem-solving ability and a talent to convey complex tax rules in an understandable manner’, and the ‘easy-to-work-withMichael Alteris great at presenting complicated issues’. Also recommended are the ‘smart and creativeRobert Cassanos, and Joseph Fox, who is ‘very good in the debt instrument area’. Associate Reid Thompson is also worthy of note.

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