Ellisa Opstbaum Habbart, Esq.

Ellisa Opstbaum Habbart, Esq.: Attorney with The Delaware Counsel Group LLP AV stamp icon
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Biography

Ellisa Habbart leads The Delaware Counsel Group and advises lawyers globally on the Delaware law aspects of complex transactions. Her experience spans over 25 years and has focused on cross border transactions since 1996. In addition to advising on acquisitions, secured financings, fund formations, investments and joint ventures, Ms. Habbart regularly advises management on governance issues relating to significant transactions and operations throughout the life of a business entity. Ms. Habbart is top ranked in Chambers USA and has been since 2005 for her “wealth of experience advising on transactional and governance issues regarding Delaware alternative entities” and “is often sought out to handle cross-border matters”. She receives praise for her "detailed and comprehensive knowledge of Delaware law", her "good approach to problem solving and good analytical mind". The Expert Guides to the World’s Leading Women in Business Law and in Who’s Who Legal: M&A and Corporate Governance also recognize Ms. Habbart for her expertise.RECENT CLIENTS: Prudential Financial Inc., AngelList, Gazelle Finance, AEGON N.V., AECOM, BBAM, Truenoord, JT Group Limited, Emerging Capital Partners Investments, Housing Partnership Equity Trust, Tate & Lyle, Hobbs, Avolon, Westfalia, Partners Group. PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:• Delaware State Bar Association: Ms. Habbart is one of twenty-six (26) appointees to the Corporation Law Council of responsible for analyzing and recommending amendments to Delaware’s corporate and business entity statutes to the legislature.• International Bar Association: current appointee to the IBA’s Legal Policy & Research Unit by the IBA Corporate & M&A Law Committee and former Vice Chair Private Equity and Corporate Governance subcommittees of Corporate and M&A Committee.• American Bar Association: Current LLC Committee representative to International Coordinating Committee, Chair of LLC Committee Use of US Entities Internationally and member of Executive Committee since 2010; former Vice-chair of LLC Committee, Chair of the Subcommittee on Business Trusts, REITS and Financing Vehicles and Advisor to the Uniform Law Commission Drafting Committee on the Uniform Statutory Trust Entity Act.• National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms: Current Co-Chair Committee on Mergers and Acquisitions.PUBLICATIONS:• Delaware chapter “The Corporate Governance Review”.• Delaware chapter “Partnerships, Joint Ventures and Strategic Alliances”.• US chapter “IBA Treasury Shares Guide”.• Co-Editor “IBA Director’s Duties Checklist”.• Co-Author “Delaware Limited Liability Company Forms and Practice Manual”.• Delaware chapter “Private Fund Dispute Resolution”. • “Uniform Statutory Trust Act”, The Business Lawyer.• The Private Equity Journal: “Is a Delaware LLC the Answer to Address Risks of Personal Liability in Private Equity Investments in Brazil?

Areas of Practice (5)

  • Corporate Law
  • Limited Liability Company Law
  • Business Trusts
  • Limited Partnerships
  • International Mergers and Acquisitions

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
302-576-9600  Phone
302-576-9608  Fax
www.delawarecounselgroup.com
University Attended:
Temple University, B.B.A.; Drexel University, M.S., Taxation
Law School Attended:
Villanova University School of Law, J.D.
Year of First Admission:
1986
Admission:
1986, Pennsylvania; Delaware
Memberships:
Ms. Habbart holds significant leadership positions in the International Bar Association ("IBA"), the American Bar Association ("ABA"), the Delaware State Bar Association ("DSBA") and the Delaware Bankers Association ("DBA") which include:
Secretary of Corporate Governance Subcommittee of the International Bar Association Corporate/M&A Committee; Corporate Governance Monitor and Vice-Chair of the IBA Private Equity Subcommittee; Appointee to the DSBA Committee on Statutory Trust and the DSBA Corporate Council, the committees responsible for legislative amendments to Delaware’s Statutory Trust Act since 1990; Member of the DBA Trust Conference Steering Committee; Vice Chair of the ABA Committee on LLCs, Partnerships and Unincorporated Entities; Executive Committee of the ABA Committee on LLC’s, Partnerships and Unincorporated Entities since 1995; Member of the ABA Section of Business Law Advisor to Uniform Law Commission Series Study Committee; Appointee to the ABA International Coordinating Committee; Chair of the ABA International Use of U.S. Business Entities Subcommittee; Former ABA Advisor to the Uniform Law Commission Drafting Committee on the Uniform Statutory Trust Entity Act; Former Chair of the ABA Subcommittee on Business Trusts, REITS and Financing Vehicles.
Special Agencies:
International Bar Association (“IBA”)​
Current Secretary of Corporate Governance Subcommittee of IBA Corporate/M&A Committee
Former Corporate Governance Monitor and Vice-Chair of the IBA Private Equity Subcommittee

American Bar Association (“ABA”)
​Member of the Executive Committee of the ABA Committee on LLC's, Partnerships and Unincorporated Entities since 1995 and Vice Chair since 2010
Chair of the ABA Use of U.S. Business Entities Subcommittee
Former ABA Advisor to the Uniform Law Commission Drafting Committee on the Uniform Statutory Trust Entity Act
Former Chair of the ABA Subcommittee on Business Trusts, REITS and Financing Vehicles

Delaware State Bar Association
Appointee to the Delaware State Bar Association committee responsible for legislative amendments to Delaware's business statutes since 1990

Delaware Bankers Association


Ellisa Opstbaum Habbart, a founding partner of The Delaware Counsel Group LLP, has been listed in The International Who's Who of Corporate Governance Lawyers. She is one of only 20 private-practice lawyers in Delaware to gain a spot on the selective list, and among these Delaware practitioners, she is the only woman.

ISLN:
906799336
Transactions:
Representative clients include:
Accenture PLC
AECOM Global Inc.
AEGON
Bank of America, merger with MBNA
BBAM Aircraft Leasing & Management
Capmark Financial Group Inc.
Christiana Bank & Trust Company
Fannie Mae
Investec Bank PLC
National Affordable Housing Trust
National Corporate Research Ltd.
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Prudential Financial, Inc.
RBC Community Development LLC
Redline Capital Management S.A.
The Royal Bank of Scotland
SBA Communications Corporation
Shazam Entertainment Ltd.
SunTrust Delaware Trust Company
Hobbies & interests:
PublicationsCo-editor of "IBA's Directors and Officers Checklist" ;Co-author of the chapter on Delaware law in "The Corporate Governance Review", which is updated annually ;Co-author of chapter 7 of "Partnerships, Joint Ventures and Strategic Alliances on Delaware Limited Partnerships" ;Co-editor of the US chapter of the "Treasury Shares Guide" ;Co-author of the annually-updated legal text "Delaware Limited Liability Company Forms and Practice Manual", contributor in the publication "Private Fund Dispute Resolution" ; andCo-author of the first in-depth analysis of the Uniform Law Commission Uniform Statutory Trust Act in the American Bar Association publication "The Business Lawyer".
Payment Information:
  • Minority - Owned

Peer Reviews

4.7/5.0 (3 reviews)
A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.
  • Legal Knowledge

    4.7/5.0
  • Analytical Capability

    4.7/5.0
  • Judgment

    4.7/5.0
  • Communication

    4.6/5.0
  • Legal Experience

    4.8/5.0

*Peer Reviews provided before April 15, 2008 are not displayed.

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