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Avishai Shachar

Mr. Shachar is chairman of Davis Polk’s Tax Department. He practices primarily in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, spinoffs and financial products.

Work Highlights

  • The merger and unique capital structure of SmithKline Beecham
  • Burlington Northern’s acquisition of Santa Fe Pacific
  • Texaco’s merger with Chevron
  • The spinoff of:
    • YUM! Brands
    • Visteon from Ford
    • Discover from Morgan Stanley
  • The splitoff of Abercrombie & Fitch from The Limited
  • Comcast's:
    • Sale of QVC
    • Restructuring of Time Warner Entertainment 
    • Acquisitions of cable assets from Adelphia and AT&T
    • Acquisition of NBC
  • The acquisition of from B2W Companhia Digital by Fandango

  • The acquisition of Baker Hughes by Haliburton

  • The IPO by Israel Chemicals Ltd.


Mr. Shachar is recognized as a leading tax lawyer in various industry publications:

  • Chambers USA –  Tax: New York, Band 1

  • Chambers Global – Tax: Corporate: USA, Band 1

Professional History

  • Partner, 1987-present
  • Associate, 1983-1987


  • 450 Lexington Avenue
    New York, NY
    P: +1 212 450 4638
    F: +1 212 701 5638

Bar Admissions

  • State of New York


  • LL.B., University of Tel Aviv, The Buchmann Faculty of Law, 1980
    • magna cum laude
  • S.J.D., Harvard Law School, 1984


  • Hebrew