Areas of Practice
David Schnabel is a tax partner whose practice focuses on M&A transactions for private equity and corporate clients, as well as acquisition financing and private fund formation. He is also a member of the firm’s Management Committee. Mr. Schnabel is recognized as a leading corporate tax lawyer by Chambers USA (2013-2014), where clients say he is “absolutely outstanding: levelheaded and extremely intelligent.” He is also recommended by The Legal 500 US (2011-2014), where he is noted as “one of the real experts in partnership tax – who can integrate technical tax answers with actionable and commercial solutions.”
Mr. Schnabel is Chair of the Tax Section of the New York State Bar Association, former co-chair of the Investment Funds Committee, the Consolidated Returns Committee and the Partnership Committee, a member of the planning committee for the University of Chicago Law School Tax Conference and a fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel. He is a frequent speaker on the tax aspects of M&A and private equity, including at the NYSBA Annual Meeting, the Practising Law Institute, the ABA Section of Taxation Meeting and the NYU Tax Institute. He writes frequently on tax issues and is the author of the New York State Bar Association’s Report on the Cancellation of Indebtedness and AHYDO Rules of Sections 108(i) and 163(e)(5)(F) (2009), Report on Proposed Treasury Regulation Section 1.1502-13(g) Relating to Intercompany Obligations (2008), Report Responding to Notice 2006-14 Relating to the Treatment of Partnership Distributions under Section 751(b) (2006), Report on the Proposed Regulations and Revenue Procedure Relating to Partnership Equity Transferred in Connection with the Performance of Services (2005) and Report on Disguised Sales of Partnership Interests Responding to Notice 2001-64 (2003), as well as Great Expectations--The Basic Problem with Distressed Debt (University of Chicago Tax Institute), Structuring Preferred Stock Investments by Private Equity Funds (Practising Law Institute) and Revisionist History: Retroactive Federal Tax Planning (The Tax Lawyer 2007). He is also a contributing author of The Private Equity Primer: The Best of the Debevoise & Plimpton Private Equity Report and the Debevoise & Plimpton Private Equity Report.
Mr. Schnabel joined Debevoise in 1994 and became a partner in 2000. He received his B.A. cum laude with highest honors from Macalester College in 1988, his J.D. cum laude in 1992 and his LL.M. in taxation in 1993 from New York University School of Law, where he was a Fergus Fellow. Mr. Schnabel served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Carolyn P. Chiechi, US Tax Court from 1992-1993.
New York University, 1993, LL.M.
New York University School of Law, 1992, J.D.
Macalester College, 1988, B.A.