Robert F. Quaintance, Jr. is a retired partner. Mr. Quaintance was a member of the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Corporate Governance and Securities Groups. He handled a number of significant domestic and international M&A transactions and had extensive experience in debt and equity offerings. He also advised companies and their boards on corporate governance matters. Mr. Quaintance was recognized as a leading lawyer by Chambers USA for financial institutions M&A and by The Legal 500 US for SEC and corporate governance matters.

Mr. Quaintance spoke and wrote on a broad variety of legal matters. He was a contributing author to the Debevoise & Plimpton Private Equity Report, authoring “How The New Exon-Florio Rules Affect Private Equity,” Debevoise & Plimpton Private Equity Report (Spring 2008). Other articles by Mr. Quaintance have included “Fair Value Accounting – Or Foul? (The New M&A Accounting Standards),” International Finance & Treasury (2009), “Will Your Company Defend You?,” Directors & Boards (2009), “Division of Opinion in the Colonies – ‘Non-Reliance’ Clauses,” The M&A Lawyer (2003) and “Can You Sandbag? When a Buyer Knows Seller’s Reps and Warranties are Untrue,” The M&A Lawyer (2002).

Mr. Quaintance was on the board of directors of Union Settlement Association, one of the oldest social services agencies in the US and the largest provider of social services in East Harlem, for 18 years, and was Chairman of that board for four years. He is currently the Board Chair of the International Legal Foundation, a New York-based not for profit that provides criminal legal aid to the indigent in countries emerging from war or civil unrest. The ILF currently has operations in Afghanistan, Nepal and the West Bank.

Mr. Quaintance received his B.A. magna cum laude from Amherst College in 1972 and his J.D. from New York University School of Law in 1977, where he was an editor of the Law Review. Mr. Quaintance taught at New York University School of Law from 1978-1980, and served as law clerk to the Hon. William C. Hill, Vermont Supreme Court, from 1977-1978.


  • New York University School of Law, 1977, J.D.
  • Amherst College, 1972, B.A.

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