Samuel D. Chafetz - Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

Samuel D. Chafetz

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1983
Phone: 901-577-2148

Sam is the trusted advisor to directors and chief executives of private enterprises and public companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange, NYSE AMEX Equities, NASDAQ and pink sheets. He is a seasoned practitioner, concentrating principally in the areas of corporate, securities, mergers and acquisitions, and venture capital. Sam has extensive experience in capital formation from both public and private sources, management prerogatives, shareholder rights and corporate governance, SEC and stock exchange regulatory compliance, and accounting, public disclosure and investor relations issues. Sam has counseled clients in diverse industries in tender offers and going private transactions. He has particular interests in and experience with retailing, restaurants, health care, aviation, manufacturing, securities, broker-dealer matters, agribusiness, franchising and emerging technologies.

Sam practiced at Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz in New York City before returning to his native Memphis.

University of MichiganBA 1963Harvard University Law SchoolJ.D. 1970
Securities Regulation, University of Memphis and the University of Mississippi Law Schools

Case History

Select Recent Transactions

  • Dollar General Corporation (NYSE) repurchase of shares from KKR affiliates
  • Emergence of client Pinnacle Airlines, Inc. (NASDAQ) from bankruptcy
  • Sale of client Delta and Pine Land Company (NYSE) to Monsanto Company (NYSE)
  • $1.5 billion recapitalization of client CBRL, Inc. (NYSE)
  • $450 million financing of Hancock Fabrics, Inc. emergence from bankruptcy with no impairment of creditors or shareholders
Select Recent Presentations
  • Professional Education Broadcast Network – "Board of Directors: Fiduciary Liability & Obligations in a Down Economy"
  • International Business Brokers Association
  • Institute of Management Accountants
  • Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants

Client Comments

"Samuel Chafetz is an excellent lawyer."

Office Location

First Tennessee Building, Suite 2000
165 Madison Avenue
Memphis, TN 38103
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2014 Lawyer of the Year in Securities Regulation of the Memphis Metro Area2013 Lawyer of the Year in Corporate Governance Law of the Memphis Metro Area2012 Lawyer of the Year in Securities Regulation of the Memphis Metro Area2011 Lawyer of the Year in Mergers and Acquisitions Law of the Memphis Metro Area
Samuel D. Chafetz has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!Samuel D. Chafetz has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2013!Samuel D. Chafetz has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2012!Samuel D. Chafetz has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2011!

Practice Areas

Corporate Compliance Law
Corporate Governance Law
Corporate Law (Acquisition Finance, Agriculture, Biotechnology, Closely-Held Businesses, Corporate Compliance, Corporate Finance, Corporate Governance, Family Businesses, General Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities, Technology, Transactions, Venture Capital)
Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law (Leveraged Buyouts, Leveraged Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Private Funds, Restructurings, Venture Capital)
Mergers and Acquisitions Law (Business Planning, Emerging Business, Joint Ventures, Private, Private Equity, Private Placements, Securities, Strategic Alliances, Transactions)
Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
Securities / Capital Markets Law
Securities Regulation