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Samuel T. Stahl

Co-Leader, Private Equity Practice Group


Wayne State University Law School, J.D.
  • magna cum laude; Order of the Coif
Oakland University, B.A.
  • magna cum laude


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Sam Stahl has more than 30 years of experience counseling private equity groups, investors, and other business clients in a wide range of matters throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, and the Far East. During his years of practice, Sam has gained experience in a broad range of transactional matters, including mergers, acquisitions, and complex commercial arrangements. He also performs general corporate advisory work for clients. 


Representative Matters

  • Counseled a leading specialty chemical company in a $170 million sale to two private equity funds
  • Represented a multinational business process and human capital business in its acquisition of a managed services provider business
  • Represented a chemistry and toxicology laboratory testing service business in a $70 million sale to a Canadian private equity fund and management
  • Represented a family business in a $60 million sale to a strategic buyer
  • Advised a West Coast private equity fund in its $150 million acquisition of a consumer products business
  • Counseled a West Coast buyer in its $75 million acquisition of a California-based wholesale goods business



  • Listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business since 2015
    • Recognized as one of America's leading lawyers in the Corporate/M&A field in Michigan; Chambers USA states:
      • 2019 - "Samuel Stahl has experience representing clients in the private equity market and providing guidance and advice on matters relating to M&A transactions."
      • 2018 – "Samuel Stahl regularly acts on behalf of private equity clients, advising on M&A transactions and assisting with general corporate advisory matters. He represented LeadingResponse and Huron Capital Partners in the sale of LeadingResponse to ICV Partners. A client reports: 'He is a great lawyer, but also very practical. He is instrumental in helping me get deals done and makes sure I am well protected.''"
      • 2017 – "Samuel Stahl has considerable experience advising private equity houses and investors on a broad range of matters, including acquisitions, mergers and divestitures. Market commentators regard him as a 'very strong practitioner with a very strong reputation' in private equity transactions."
      • 2016 –  "Samuel Stahl has considerable experience in representing a broad range of business and private equity clients in sophisticated commercial transactions. One source said: 'He provides excellent counsel - he is very experienced in M&A transactions and is very accessible.'"
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 1999-2022
    • Recognized in practice areas of:
      • Corporate Law
      • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Michigan Super Lawyers, 2011-2021
  • Leading Lawyers Magazine Michigan, 2017
    • Recognized in practice areas of:
      • Mergers & Acquisitions Law
      • Securities & Venture Finance Law
  • DBusiness, Top Lawyers, 2010, 2011, and 2013-2016, 2022
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated

Professional & Community Involvement

  • American Bar Association
    • Business Law Section
  • State Bar of Michigan
    • Business Law Section
  • Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association
    • Business Law Section

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