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David N. Shine

Partner, Corporate Department


David N. Shine's practice focuses on public and private company mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, and joint venture transactions. He has substantial experience in the healthcare, aerospace and defense, energy, telecom, and financial services industries. Representative clients have included Merck & Co., Inc., Medco Health Solutions, Inc., Northrop Grumman Corporation, GE Capital, and Vodafone Group plc.


Mr. Shine’s practice has included representations in high profile transactions such as Merck’s US$41 billion acquisition of Schering-Plough, its US$14.2 billion sale of its consumer care business (which included the Claritin, Coppertone and Dr. Scholls brands) and Northrop Grumman’s hostile acquisition of Newport News Shipbuilding, Inc. He has also represented prominent privately held companies in sale transactions including Tishman Construction, Dean & DeLuca, and Scaled Composites (the builder of Virgin Galactic’s “Spaceship One” space tourism vehicle).


  • "Dealmaker of the Year" in 2015 by The American Lawyer
  • "Life Sciences MVP" in 2014 by Law 360.
  • "Deal Maker of the Year" in 2014 by Finance Monthly.
  • "Leading Lawyer, Corporate/M&A" in each of 2010-2018 by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.
  • "Dealmaker of the Week" in 2009 by The American Lawyer.
  • "Legal 500-Mega-Deals" in each of 2008-2016 by The Legal 500 Guide.

Writing and Publications

  • Mr. Shine has authored or co-authored over 50 articles on topics including appraisal litigation, material adverse change clauses, antitrust and financing reverse termination fees, private company M&A case law updates and hostile takeover strategies.


  • New York University School of Law, J.D., 1986 (Editor, Law Review)
  • Columbia University, B.A., 1982 (Philosophy, English)


  • Advisor, Blue Meridian, Inc., a leading philanthropy aggregator that funds evidence-based programs for at-risk youth.
  • Advisor, BELL Inc., a leading provider of K-12 summer learning programs.
  • Legal Counsel, Transcend, Inc., a K-12 education nonprofit that is designing innovative new school models across the country.
  • Legal Counsel, New Classrooms, Inc., a K-12 education nonprofit that brings personalized learning to over 30,000 students nationwide.

Practice Areas

Mergers and Acquisitions
Private Equity
Life Sciences and Healthcare




New York Bar


New York University School of Law, J.D. 1986
Columbia University, B.A. 1982

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