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David H. Schnabel


Head of Tax practice. Advises clients on a full range of transactions – including mergers and acquisitions, financings and PIPEs – and on tax issues and strategy.

David is the head of our Tax practice. He advises clients on a full range of transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, spinoffs, financings, PIPEs, joint ventures and inversions. Clients also look to David for guidance on tax issues, strategy and the impact of potential tax-law changes.

David is ranked in Band 1 by Chambers USA, and Legal 500 U.S. includes him in its Hall of Fame for non-contentious tax work.

He is a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel and a former chair of the Tax Section of the New York State Bar Association.

Experience highlights

  • Exxon:
    • $59.5 billion acquisition of Pioneer
    • $4.9 billion acquisition of Denbury
  • Charles Schwab:
    • $26 billion acquisition of TD Ameritrade
    • $1.8 billion acquisition of USAA investment management assets
  • Technip $17 billion combination with FMC Technologies
  • HRG Group $10 billion combination with Spectrum Brands Holdings and $1.84 billion sale of Fidelity & Guaranty Life
  • Ingram Micro $7.1 billion acquisition by Platinum Equity
  • Special Committee of Independent Directors of Fortress Investment Group $3.3 billion acquisition of Fortress by SoftBank
  • TPG Capital:
    • $1 billion IPO
    • acquisitions of Angelo Gordon, Thycotic, Convey Health Systems and majority stakes in Centrify and Thomson Reuters’ Elite
  • Brookfield Business Partners:
    • $8.3 billion acquisition of CDK Global
    • $3.4 billion acquisition of DexKo Global
  • Sterling Equities sale of the New York Mets
  • Advice to Whitney Wolfe Herd on:
    • Bumble’s $2.5 billion IPO
    • Blackstone majority investment in MagicLab
  • Symphony Technology consortium $2.075 billion acquisition of RSA from Dell
  • Cornell Capital:
    • Corelle merger with Instant Brands
    • investment in Lorom
  • Bridgepoint acquisition of Sun World International
  • McKesson creation of a new healthcare IT company
  • Taboola:
    • 30-year commercial agreement with Yahoo
    • $2.6 billion merger with ION Acquisition Corp. 1
    • cancelled merger with Outbrain
    • $800 million acquisition of Connexity
  • Murphy USA $645 million acquisition of QuickChek
  • BDT Capital:
    • acquisition of a majority interest in MJH Sciences
    • acquisition of Culligan International
  • Lightyear Capital to sell Therapy Brands to KKR
  • Atairos Group investment in Bowlmor AMF and acquisition of Learfield Communications
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Chambers USA – Tax: New York, Band 1

Legal 500 U.S. – US Taxes: Non-Contentious, Hall of Fame

Who’s Who Legal – Corporate Tax (Advisory), USA, Thought Leaders Global Elite

Who’s Who Legal – Tax (Advisory), USA, Global Leader


LL.M., Taxation, New York University School of Law
  • Fergus Fellow
J.D., New York University School of Law
  • cum laude
B.A., Macalester College
  • cum laude
  • with highest honors


Law Clerk, Hon. Carolyn P. Chiechi, U.S. Tax Court, 1992-1993

Professional history

  • Davis Polk since 2015
  • Partner, Debevoise, 2000-2015
  • Associate, Debevoise, 1994-2000

Qualifications and admissions

  • State of New York
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