David M.Vander Haar

Of Counsel

Minneapolis + 1.612.217.8857

David Vander Haar's corporate practice spans more than 30 years of representing public and private companies in complex domestic and cross-border M&A, joint ventures, strategic alliances, and restructurings and reorganizations. He also provides general corporate and limited liability counseling, corporate governance advice, and antitrust and Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) counseling in connection with mergers and acquisitions.

David's recent experience includes significant transactions in the United States for WEG SA, a Brazilian company, and the restructuring of a children's book publishing business. He also has advised on numerous M&A transactions for clients, primarily based in Minnesota, in the retail, food distribution, medical device, computer technology, and manufacturing sectors, including a number of successfully completed transactions that involved significant antitrust issues.

David is an active member of the Minnesota State Bar Association, having previously served as chair of the Business Law Section and the Business and Professional Corporations Committee. He served on the board of directors of the Greater Twin Cities United Way from May 2009 through May 2015 and as a member of its Safety Net Committee through 2017. He regularly does pro bono work for a number of clients, including The Advocates for Human Rights, where he is on the board of directors.


  • ETS acquires Questar Assessment Inc. for $127.5 millionJones Day advised Educational Testing Service in its $127.5 million cash acquisition of Questar Assessment Inc., a leading K–12 assessment solutions provider focused on building a bridge between learning and accountability.
  • Robert Coughlan and family, owners of Coughlan Companies, parent of Capstone, complete sale of myON to Francisco PartnersJones Day advised Robert Coughlan and his family, owners of Coughlan Companies, the parent company of Capstone, in connection with the sale of myON, a digital and personalized literacy company for the K-12 education market, to Francisco Partners.