Ellisa O Habbart

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Ms Habbart leads The Delaware Counsel Group and assists lawyers globally on transactions and governance issues with a Delaware connection. Outside counsel and in-house counsel of Fortune 100 companies, major financial institutions and private equity firms worldwide rely on Ms Habbart as their guide on Delaware law. A significant portion of Ms Habbart’s representations involve cross-border transactions. Typical representations include fund formations, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, recapitalisations, financings and new equity issuances. In addition to helping to implement such transactions and rendering legal opinions, Ms Habbart regularly advises management on governance issues relating to significant transactions and issues that arise during the life of a business entity.

Ms Habbart is top ranked in Chambers USA as one of America’s leading business lawyers in the Delaware corporate and mergers and acquisitions law section, and by Who’s Who Legal: Corporate Governance. According to Chambers, clients report that she ‘has expert knowledge in the field but is still commercially sensitive to what the client aims to achieve’, and is ‘very plugged into Delaware legal developments’. She is also rated ‘AV’ by Martindale-Hubbell.

Ms Habbart is one of only 26 lawyers appointed to the Council of the Section of Corporation Law of the Delaware State Bar Association, the group responsible for monitoring and recommending amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law. She is also the Corporate and M&A Law Committee’s representative on the Economic Sanctions working group of the International Bar Association’s Legal Policy and Research Unit, which develops and implements innovative strategies and initiatives relevant to business and the law, the global legal profession and the broader global community. She is the former vice chair of the Corporate and M&A Committee Corporate Governance Subcommittee and holds significant leadership positions in the American Bar Association.

Ms Habbart’s publications include: a chapter on Delaware law in Partnerships, Joint Ventures and Strategic Alliances; Delaware Limited Liability Company Forms and Practice Manual, which is updated annually; the US chapter of the Treasury Shares Guide; the Delaware chapter in Private Fund Dispute Resolution; the IBA’s Directors and Officers Checklist; and the first in-depth analysis of the Uniform Law Commission Uniform Statutory Trust Act in the American Bar Association publication The Business Lawyer.

Prior to founding The Delaware Counsel Group LLC, Ms Habbart was an associate and partner with Prickett Jones & Elliott and was the partner in charge of the Delaware office of Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young. In addition to her Juris Doctor, Ms Habbart has a master’s degree in taxation.

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