David A. Harris

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David’s practice focuses on the fields of partnership, limited liability company and statutory trust law, with an emphasis on issues relating to the formation, operation and dissolution of private investment funds, mutual funds and other investment vehicles organized as Delaware entities.

His practice also includes state bank regulatory matters (including organization of Delaware limited purpose trust companies), mergers and acquisitions, financing transactions (including matters involving Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code (“UCC”)) and other general commercial law counseling.

He regularly delivers third-party legal opinions, including opinions with respect to private investment funds, special purpose entities, perfection of security interests and deal closings.

His clients range from large, multinational corporations to local startup ventures, and include private investment fund sponsors such as Advent International, Apollo Global Management, Ares Management and Insight Venture Partners, mutual fund sponsors such as Franklin Templeton and Invesco and Fortune 500 companies such as Bayer, Comcast and Sears Holdings. David is often called upon to provide counsel to other attorneys domestically and internationally on matters relating to Delaware law.

An active member of the Delaware State Bar Association (“DSBA”), David serves on the DSBA Limited Partnership and LLC Committee, which is responsible for reviewing and updating Delaware’s partnership and LLC statutes. He is a past-chair of the DSBA Commercial Law Section, which is responsible for reviewing and updating legislation involving commercial law matters, including laws relating to statutory trusts, the UCC and banking.

David has been recognized as a leading lawyer in his field in Chambers USA, The Best Lawyers in America and Who’s Who Legal: Private Funds. He has also been mentioned in The Legal 500 US for his commercial law work.

A frequent writer on alternative entities, he is the coauthor of the Bloomberg BNA Corporate Practice Series Portfolio Limited Liability Companies: Legal Aspects of Organization, Operation, and Dissolution.

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association
    • Business Law Section (Mergers & Acquisitions Committee)
  • Delaware State Bar Association
    • Commercial Law Section (Chair, 2005-2007; Vice Chair, 2003-2005; Secretary, 2001-2003)
    • Corporate Law Section (Limited Partnership and LLC Committee)

Representative Matters

  • Delaware counsel to Bayer AG, advising on certain aspects of internal restructuring and financing in advance of $66 billion acquisition of Monsanto Co.
  • Delaware counsel to Baker Hughes, advising on internal restructuring and $7.4 billion business combination with General Electric Co.

News

33 Morris Nichols Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2019

Wilmington, DE (August 15, 2018) – Thirty-three attorneys from Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP were selected for inclusion in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®.  The results are based on peer-review evaluations from more than 87,000 eligible attorneys. Three firm attorneys earned “Lawyer of the Year” designations... Continue Reading

The Legal 500 Ranks Morris Nichols Among Top U.S. Law Firms for M&A

Wilmington, DE (May 31, 2018) – The Legal 500 United States 2018 has ranked Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP in its nationwide guide to the leading law firms in the United States. This is the fourth year in a row that Morris Nichols earned recognition in two mergers and acquisitions categories—“Dispute resolution: M&A:... Continue Reading

32 Morris Nichols Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2018

Wilmington, DE (August 15, 2017) – Thirty-two attorneys from Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP were selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®.  The results are based on peer-review evaluations from more than 83,000 eligible attorneys. Six firm attorneys earned “Lawyer of the Year” designations (noted... Continue Reading

31 Morris Nichols Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2017

Wilmington, DE (August 15, 2016) – Thirty attorneys from Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP were selected for inclusion in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®.  The results are based on peer-review evaluations from more than 79,000 eligible attorneys. Six firm attorneys earned “Lawyer of the Year” designations (noted... Continue Reading

The Legal 500 Recognizes Morris Nichols as a Leading M&A Law Firm

Wilmington, DE (June 15, 2016) – Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP has been ranked as a leading M&A law firm in The Legal 500 United States 2016. Now in its tenth edition, the U.S. guide organizes various practice areas into a single national ranking to highlight firms with a national presence in sophisticated and complex... Continue Reading

Chambers USA 2016 Ranks Morris Nichols Band 1 in Four Delaware Practice Areas; 25 Morris Nichols Attorneys Recognized Among the Best in Delaware

Wilmington, DE (May 27, 2016) – The 2016 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business again ranked Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP as a Band 1 law firm in the Delaware categories for Bankruptcy/Restructuring, Chancery, Corporate M&A & Alternative Entities, and Intellectual Property. Twenty-five Morris... Continue Reading

The Legal 500 Ranks Morris Nichols as a Leading M&A Firm in the United States

Wilmington, DE (June 3, 2015) – Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP has been ranked as a leading M&A law firm in The Legal 500 United States 2015. Now in its ninth edition, the U.S. guide organizes various practice areas into a single national ranking. “Only a small number of firms in the United States have a truly national... Continue Reading

Chambers USA 2015 Ranks 23 Morris Nichols Attorneys and 4 Practice Groups Among the Best in Delaware

Wilmington, DE (May 19, 2015) – The 2015 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business ranked Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP as a Band 1 law firm in the Delaware categories for Bankruptcy/Restructuring, Chancery, Corporate M&A & Alternative Entities, and Intellectual Property. Twenty-three Morris Nichols... Continue Reading

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Events

Strafford Webinar: 2018 Amendments to Delaware Corporate and LLC Statutes: Key Changes and Best Practices for Counsel

Morris Nichols partners Melissa DiVincenzo and David Harris present a live webinar, “2018 Amendments to Delaware Corporate and LLC Statutes: Key Changes and Best Practices for Counsel” on Wednesday, October 17 from 1:00pm-2:30pm EDT. Melissa and Dave will discuss changes to Delaware corporate and alternative entity laws enacted in 2018, the... Continue Reading

ACC New York: Holding Companies for Asian Investments – Are They Still Relevant?

5.18.2016 in New York, NY - Commercial
David A. Harris

The Association of Corporate Counsel New York City Chapter will host a full-day CLE program on May 18, 2016.  Morris Nichols partner David Harris will join CSC director Kristina Koehler-Coluccia to present the session, “Holding Companies for Asian Investments—Are They Still Relevant?” The program will look at a comparison of the typical... Continue Reading