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Last updated: 6/6/2016
The Delaware Counsel Group LLP
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The Delaware Counsel Group LLP
100 South Rockland Falls Road
P.O. Box 4175
Wilmington
Delaware
19807  United States
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302 576-9600 (Phone)
302 576-9608 (Fax)
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  The Delaware Counsel Group LLP (“DCG”) is recognized as a leading Delaware corporate law firm by Chambers USA. According to Chambers USA, the firm is "comprehensive in its advice and client service" and is praised by clients who say the firm’s "awareness of our business goals is exceptional." The firm is led by Ellisa Habbart who is described by her clients in Chambers as "smart, knowledgeable and tuned in to the current Delaware issues."

Firm Overview:
• The Delaware Counsel Group LLP (“DCG”) exclusively represents clients in complex national and international business transactions with a Delaware connection and provides counsel on corporate-governance-related issues
• DCG is regularly called upon to render Delaware opinions and corporate-governance advice that is relied upon by businesses and regulatory agencies around the world
• DCG is committed to international markets and handles a substantial amount of work from countries around the world
• DCG is the only option in Delaware other than the handful of large law firms that has the sophistication to handle significant legal transactions. DCG offers clients the same level of liability-insurance protection as provided by large firms
• Ms. Habbart is one of only 22 appointed members of the Council of the Corporation Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association, the group responsible for monitoring and recommending amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law
• DCG regularly partners with national and international law firms to provide Delaware-specific advice to their clients
• DCG is the only certified woman-owned law firm in Delaware in this practice area and is certified as a woman-owned business by WBENC, NAMWOLF and the State of Delaware
• DCG is a member of the International Network of Boutique Law Firms (“INBLF”). Participation in the INBLF is by invitation only

Examples of Representations:
• Restructuring of an existing USD 3 billion captive financing facility involving two Delaware special purpose entities.
• USD 2.15 billion financing transaction involving interests in Delaware limited liability company and investments in Latin America and Asia
• Sale and leaseback transaction of multiple aircrafts worth a combined total of over USD 700 million to airlines in countries across the globe, including Turkey, England, and Chile
• Over USD 1 billion in Affordable Housing Tax Credit investment fund transactions involving multiple Delaware limited liability companies and limited partnerships
• USD 4 billion note-purchase by a Delaware Limited liability company, the funding of which was contingent upon DCG’s legal opinion regarding compliance with Delaware law
• USD 1.5 billion securitization transaction that was contingent upon DCG’s rendering of six legal opinions to six separate financial institutions regarding Delaware law issues in connection with the issuance of new securities
• Acquisition by a German limited liability company of shares of a Delaware public company’s subsidiaries in the United Arab Emirates and Denmark
• Sale of the shares of a Luxembourg company’s Dutch subsidiary through a competitive auction involving a Delaware corporation.
• Internal reorganization of an English company’s multiple Delaware subsidiaries
• Acquisition by a Jersey Company of a publicly traded Delaware corporation operating in a regulated industry
   Ms. Habbart leads The Delaware Counsel Group and assists lawyers globally on transactions and governance issues with a Delaware connection. Outside counsel and in-house counsel of Fortune 100 companies, major financial institutions and private equity firms worldwide rely on Ms. Habbart as their guide on Delaware law. A significant portion of Ms. Habbart’s representations involve cross-border transactions. Typical representations include fund formations, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, recapitalizations, financings and new equity issuances. In addition to helping to implement such transactions and rendering legal opinions, Ms. Habbart regularly advises management on governance issues relating to significant transactions and issues that arise during the life of a business entity.

Ms. Habbart is top ranked in Chambers USA as one of America’s leading business lawyers in the Delaware corporate and mergers and acquisitions law section, and by Who’s Who Legal: Corporate Governance. According to Chambers, clients report that she “has expert knowledge in the field but is still commercially sensitive to what the client aims to achieve," and is “very plugged into Delaware legal developments.” She is also rated ‘AV’ by Martindale-Hubbell.

Ms. Habbart is one of only 22 lawyers appointed to the Council of the Section of Corporation Law of the Delaware State Bar Association, the group responsible for monitoring and recommending amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law. She is also the Vice-Chair of the International Bar Association Corporate Governance Subcommittee of the Corporate and M&L Law Committee and holds significant leadership positions in the American Bar Association.

Ms. Habbart’s publications include: a chapter on Delaware law in Partnerships, Joint Ventures and Strategic Alliances; Delaware Limited Liability Company Forms and Practice Manual, which is updated annually; the US chapter of the Treasury Shares Guide; the Delaware Chapter in Private Fund Dispute Resolution; the IBA's Directors and Officers Checklist; and the first in-depth analysis of the Uniform Law Commission Uniform Statutory Trust Act in the American Bar Association publication The Business Lawyer.

Prior to founding The Delaware Counsel Group LLP, Ms. Habbart was an associate and partner with Prickett Jones & Elliott and was the partner in charge of the Delaware office of Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young. In addition to her juris doctor, Ms. Habbart has a master’s degree in taxation.
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• Restructuring of an existing USD 3 billion captive financing facility involving two Delaware special purpose entities.
• USD 2.15 billion financing transaction involving interests in Delaware limited liability company and investments in Latin America and Asia
• Sale and leaseback transaction of multiple aircrafts worth a combined total of over USD 700 million to airlines in countries across the globe, including Turkey, England, and Chile
• Over USD 1 billion in Affordable Housing Tax Credit investment fund transactions involving multiple Delaware limited liability companies and limited partnerships
• USD 4 billion note-purchase by a Delaware Limited liability company, the funding of which was contingent upon DCG’s legal opinion regarding compliance with Delaware law
• USD 1.5 billion securitization transaction that was contingent upon DCG’s rendering of six legal opinions to six separate financial institutions regarding Delaware law issues in connection with the issuance of new securities
• Acquisition by a German limited liability company of shares of a Delaware public company’s subsidiaries in the United Arab Emirates and Denmark
• Sale of the shares of a Luxembourg company’s Dutch subsidiary through a competitive auction involving a Delaware corporation.
• Internal reorganization of an English company’s multiple Delaware subsidiaries
• Acquisition by a Jersey Company of a publicly traded Delaware corporation operating in a regulated industry
 
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