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 Samuel M. Shafner

Samuel M. Shafner


Office Phone: 617.345.3222
Location: Boston, MA
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New York


Mr. Shafner has concentrated his practice exclusively in the area of transactional corporate and securities law for more than twenty years. Mr. Shafner has particular expertise in assisting emerging technology companies, both domestic and international, in their capital formation as well as in basic business contract needs.

Most of Mr. Shafner's clients are high-technology businesses and venture capital firms specializing in high technology investments. Consequently, Mr. Shafner frequently negotiates software licenses, distribution arrangements, strategic partnerships and similar IP (intellectual property) sensitive matters. However, he also represents a number of low-tech manufacturers and distributors nationwide.

A major portion of Mr. Shafner's practice deals with corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions. He frequently counsels domestic and international clients in IPO's and other public securities offerings, venture capital transactions, private placements, and strategic partnering arrangements. He regularly negotiates and closes acquisitions and sales of businesses, divisions and product lines in major industries, particularly (but not exclusively) high-technology oriented.

As a result of his knowledge of the investment banking industry, Mr. Shafner often co-counsels with litigators in securities law disputes, particularly broker-investor disputes, and represents underwriting firms in regulatory matters.


Additional Information:




  • 12/4/2013, Boston Herald - Hub-Beijing Travel 'Traffic' Spurs Flights
    Samuel Shafner was quoted in this article by Donna Goodison.
  • 11/22/2012, Radio Entrepreneurs - Experience serving international clients with legal needs
    Samuel Shafner discusses his work with international companies at the NEIBC Life Sciences Summit.
  • 11/4/2009, Law360 - Q&A with Burns & Levinson's Samuel Shafner
    Samuel Shafner was featured in this Q&A article by Law360. For more information about Law360, click here.
  • 3/1/2006, Corporate UK - Metris makes three Acquisitions
    Samuel Shafner was quoted in the March issue of Corporate UK magazine regarding Burns & Levinson's counsel for Metris, a UK based technology company, during the three acquisitions they made.

Recent Articles and Publications:

Speaking Engagements:

Chilean Entrepreneurial Summit, 10.7.2014
Location: Burns & Levinson LLP, 125 Summer Street, Boston, MA
Role: Speaker
Topic: Structuring US-Latin American Enterprises, Doing Business in the US, and Raising Venture Capital from Funds and Strategic Investors

MedTech Investing Europe Conference 2014, 4.29.2014
Location: Lausanne, Switzerland
Role: Panelist
Topic: Corporate Partnering and Investment – Do the big boys hold the answers?

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2013 New England Venture Summit, 12.11.2013
Location: Hilton, Boston Dedham
Role: Moderator
Topic: Taking Goliath’s Money

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2013 Montreal International Green Venture Forum, 10.24.2013
Role: Moderator
Topic: Doing More with Less: Working with Different Capital Sources, While Implementing Slow-Burn Capital Conservation Techniques

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