David G. Shapiro

David G. Shapiro

Partner

Contact Info

Phone: (215) 972-8385
Fax: (215) 972-1819

Primary Office

Philadelphia
Centre Square West
1500 Market Street, 38th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102-2186

David G. Shapiro

Partner

David Shapiro advises clients on international and domestic business tax planning, including domestic and cross border expansion, joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions, and financing transactions. 

David's practice includes entity formation and structure planning, securities offerings and hybrid financings, joint ventures, and strategic acquisitions and dispositions. Where appropriate, David works with counsel in other jurisdictions to develop efficient cross-border transactional and operational structures. He also assists clients in preparing for and defending against audits and other litigated matters.

Prior to joining Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr, David founded and was Managing Member of Shapiro Tax Law LLC, and prior to that was a tax partner of Dechert LLP.

Experience

  • Advised insurance companies on taxation of novel insurance products and compliance requirements.
  • Advised a closely held business in structuring a sale of a minority stake with options to transfer control.
  • Advised on multiple restructurings and recapitalizations of domestic and multinational corporations, including the acquisition of outstanding corporate debt.
  • Advised a U.S.-based real estate group on structuring Eastern European investments.
  • Advised a financial services group on structuring operations in Latin America.
  • Advised a closely held business with operations and owners located in and outside the U.S. on structuring and succession planning issues.
  • Advised a distributor of mobile applications on structuring sales into the United States.
  • Structured joint ventures and investment funds to facilitate cross-border investment by a mix of U.S. and foreign investors.
  • Structured and negotiated tax aspects of domestic and cross-border acquisitions and dispositions by companies and funds.
  • Managed multiple voluntary disclosure agreements and similar IRS disclosures.

Thought Leadership

Credentials and Accolades

Honors and Awards

Named one of "America's Leading Lawyers in Tax Law" by Chambers USA, 2018 to present

International Who's Who of Corporate Tax Lawyers, 2012-2018

Named Lawyer on the Fast Track, Legal Intelligencer and Pennsylvania Law Weekly, 2009

Named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2005-2008, 2011-2012

John S. Nolan Fellow of the American Bar Association Section of Taxation, 2001-2002

 

Memberships and Affiliations

Board Member, the Theodore Tannenwald Jr. Foundation for Excellence in Tax Scholarship

American Bar Association Section of Taxation

  • Chair, Committee on US Activities of Foreigners and Tax Treaties, 2013-2014
  • Principal author of comments to the Department of the Treasury and Internal Revenue Service regarding proposed revisions to "anti-inversion" rules
  • Co-author of comments to the Department of the Treasury and Internal Revenue Service regarding 2017 tax reform

Adjunct Professor of taxation in the Graduate Tax Program, Villanova University School of Law, 2013-2016.

International Bar Association Taxes Committee

  • Treasurer
  • Membership Officer, 2017-2018
  • Young Lawyers Programme Officer, 2015-2016
  • U.S. national tax reporter, 2008-2009
  • Co-author of multiple comments to the OECD regarding the "Base Erosion and Profit Shifting" action plan

Philadelphia Bar Association

  • Chair, Tax Section, and member of the Board of Governors, 2017-2018
  • Co-author of multiple comments to Pennsylvania Department of Revenue regarding state tax implementation 

Trustee, Congregation Rodeph Shalom, 2000-2011

Member, Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra, 1999-present

Education

J.D., cum laude, Duke University School of Law, 1998

  • Executive Editor, Alaska Law Review

A.B., Yale University, 1995

Bar Admissions

Pennsylvania

Firm Management Positions

Tax, Chair

Opportunity Zones and Qualified Opportunity Funds, Vice Chair

David Shapiro advises clients on international and domestic business tax planning, including domestic and cross border expansion, joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions, and financing transactions. 

David's practice includes entity formation and structure planning, securities offerings and hybrid financings, joint ventures, and strategic acquisitions and dispositions. Where appropriate, David works with counsel in other jurisdictions to develop efficient cross-border transactional and operational structures. He also assists clients in preparing for and defending against audits and other litigated matters.

Prior to joining Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr, David founded and was Managing Member of Shapiro Tax Law LLC, and prior to that was a tax partner of Dechert LLP.

Experience

  • Advised insurance companies on taxation of novel insurance products and compliance requirements.
  • Advised a closely held business in structuring a sale of a minority stake with options to transfer control.
  • Advised on multiple restructurings and recapitalizations of domestic and multinational corporations, including the acquisition of outstanding corporate debt.
  • Advised a U.S.-based real estate group on structuring Eastern European investments.
  • Advised a financial services group on structuring operations in Latin America.
  • Advised a closely held business with operations and owners located in and outside the U.S. on structuring and succession planning issues.
  • Advised a distributor of mobile applications on structuring sales into the United States.
  • Structured joint ventures and investment funds to facilitate cross-border investment by a mix of U.S. and foreign investors.
  • Structured and negotiated tax aspects of domestic and cross-border acquisitions and dispositions by companies and funds.
  • Managed multiple voluntary disclosure agreements and similar IRS disclosures.

David is regularly speaks before U.S. and international organizations on international and domestic tax issues. He devotes time annually during tax season to the Campaign for Working Families to help better the lives of lower-income working Philadelphians through access to the earned income credit and financial education and planning services. An avid violinist, David is a long-time member of the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra.