Sam Chafetz

Senior Counsel
First Tennessee Building
165 Madison Avenue
Suite 2000
Memphis, Tennessee 38103
T: 901.577.2148
F: 901.577.0854

Sam Chafetz

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.

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

Professional Honors & Activities

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®: Corporate Governance and Compliance Law, Corporate Law, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Private Funds Law, and Securities Law since 1983 
  • Listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers, 2006 – 2009, 2011 – 2015
  • Named the Best Lawyers' 2013 Memphis Corporate Governance Law "Lawyer of the Year;" 2014 and 2012 Memphis Securities Regulation "Lawyer of the Year;" 2011 Memphis Mergers & Acquisitions "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Adjunct Professor – Securities Regulation, University of Memphis and the University of Mississippi Law Schools
  • Rule 31 Listed General Civil Mediator for the state of Tennessee


  • New York, 1971
  • Tennessee, 1973


  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 1970, with honors
  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), B.A., 1967, with honors


  • Road Bicycling, Community Charitable Fundraising