Ellisa O. Habbart, Partner

Ellisa O. Habbart

Ellisa Opstbaum Habbart is a founding partner of The Delaware Counsel Group LLC (“DCG”), and exclusively represents Delaware corporations and alternative entities in national and international business transactions.

Ellisa Habbart leads The Delaware Counsel Group and advises lawyers globally on the Delaware law aspects of complex transactions. Her experience spans over 25 years and has focused on cross border transactions since 1996. In addition to advising on acquisitions, secured financings, fund formations, investments and joint ventures, Ms. Habbart regularly advises management on governance issues relating to significant transactions and operations throughout the life of a business entity.

Ms. Habbart is top ranked in Chambers USA and has been since 2005 for her “wealth of experience advising on transactional and governance issues regarding Delaware alternative entities” and “is often sought out to handle cross-border matters”. She receives praise for her “detailed and comprehensive knowledge of Delaware law”, her “good approach to problem solving and good analytical mind”. The Expert Guides to the World’s Leading Women in Business Law and in Who’s Who Legal: M&A and Corporate Governance also recognize Ms. Habbart for her expertise.

Recent Clients

Prudential Financial Inc., AngelList, Gazelle Finance, AEGON N.V., AECOM, BBAM, Truenoord, JT Group Limited, Emerging Capital Partners Investments, Housing Partnership Equity Trust, Tate & Lyle, Hobbs, Avolon, Westfalia, Partners Group.


Professional Activities

  • Delaware State Bar Association: Ms. Habbart is one of twenty-six (26) appointees to the Corporation Law Council of responsible for analyzing and recommending amendments to Delaware’s corporate and business entity statutes to the legislature.
  • International Bar Association: current appointee to the IBA’s Legal Policy & Research Unit by the IBA Corporate & M&A Law Committee and former Vice Chair Private Equity and Corporate Governance subcommittees of Corporate and M&A Committee.
  • American Bar Association: Current LLC Committee representative to International Coordinating Committee, Chair of LLC Committee Use of US Entities Internationally and member of Executive Committee since 2010; former Vice-chair of LLC Committee, Chair of the Subcommittee on Business Trusts, REITS and Financing Vehicles and Advisor to the Uniform Law Commission Drafting Committee on the Uniform Statutory Trust Entity Act.
  • National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms: Current Co-Chair Committee on Mergers and Acquisitions.



  • Delaware chapter “The Corporate Governance Review”.
  • Delaware chapter “Partnerships, Joint Ventures and Strategic Alliances”.
  • US chapter “IBA Treasury Shares Guide”.
  • Co-Editor “IBA Director’s Duties Checklist”.
  • Co-Author “Delaware Limited Liability Company Forms and Practice Manual”.
  • Delaware chapter “Private Fund Dispute Resolution”. 
  • “Uniform Statutory Trust Act”, The Business Lawyer.
  • The Private Equity Journal: “Is a Delaware LLC the Answer to Address Risks of Personal Liability in Private Equity Investments in Brazil?”


  • Villanova University School of Law, Juris Doctor
  • Drexel University, Masters in Taxation
  • Temple University, Bachelor of Business Administration

Bar Admissions

  • Delaware
  • Pennsylvania


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