David M. Schwartzbaum is a partner in the mergers and acquisitions practice of Covington & Burling, resident in New York.  He focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, including the representation of principals and financial advisors in public and private M&A transactions, and his areas of concentration include negotiated and unsolicited transactions, cash and stock-for-stock mergers, tender and exchange offers, cross-border transactions, special committee representations, going-private transactions, takeover defense assignments and corporate governance matters.  He has been recognized as a leader in the field in the Guide to the World’s Leading Banking Finance and Transactional Lawyers, Chambers Global, Chambers USA Guide, and Legal 500 United States.  Mr. Schwartzbaum was named as a BTI Client Service All-Star by the BTI Consulting Group in its 2015 Client Service All-Stars Report.  Mr. Schwartzbaum received a B.A. summa cum laude and M.A. in political science from Yale University in 1984, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and a J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1987, where he was an Olin Fellow in Law and Economics.