David I. Shapiro

David I. Shapiro

  • Partner
  • Tax
  • New York
  • T:   +1.212.859.8039
  • F:   +1.212.859.4000
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David I. Shapiro is a tax partner resident in Fried Frank's New York office and co-chair of the Firm's Tax Department. He joined the Firm in 1992 and became a partner in 2000.

Mr. Shapiro's practice spans numerous types of tax issues, including in the areas of fund formation and mergers and acquisitions. He regularly represents leading fund sponsors in fund formation, including funds and funds-of-funds with a focus on equity, mezzanine debt, senior loans, distressed debt and real estate, and also focuses on M&A and other corporate transactions, frequently for fund clients.

Mr. Shapiro has also regularly represented public and private companies in a variety of domestic and cross-border transactions, as well as in public and private debt and equity financing transactions. Clients include Bain, BlackRock, Brookfield, Fortress Investment Group, Goldman Sachs & Co., HPS Investment Partners, KKR, Neuberger Berman, and Permira, among others.

Honors & Awards

Mr. Shapiro is consistently recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business as a leading individual in Tax, where a client says: “He can think like a tax lawyer and communicate like a business lawyer,” while another declares: “We trust him immensely.”

Mr. Shapiro is also consistently recogized by Legal 500 US in Tax: US Taxes: Non-Contentious and is recognized in the Legal 500 “Hall of Fame,” which highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. He also has been recognized by Legal 500 US in Investment Fund Formation and Management: Private Equity Funds and in Investment Fund Formation and Management: Alternative/Hedge Funds.

Bar Admissions/Licensed Jurisdictions

New York; New Jersey

Practices & Industries


Columbia Law School, JD – 1992
  • Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
  • Member of the Law Review
Cornell University, AB – 1989
  • magna cum laude, with distinction in all subjects
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