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Guenther, David B.

Clinical Assistant Professor of Law
International Transactions Clinic

3120 South Hall

David B. Guenther, '99, is a clinical assistant professor of law and director of the International Transactions Clinic. He represents social enterprises in international financing and other international transactions. Prior to joining the Law School, Professor Guenther was a partner at Conlin, McKenney & Philbrick, P.C. in Ann Arbor, where his practice focused primarily on U.S. and international transactions, financing, corporate governance, and succession planning for privately held companies. He is experienced in public and private company mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, venture capital, angel and impact investing, and other transactions for established, emerging, and start-up business and nonprofit clients. Professor Guenther taught as an adjunct clinical assistant professor in the International Transactions Clinic from 2010 to 2015.

Professor Guenther graduated from the University of Michigan Law School, magna cum laude, in 1999 and from Kenyon College, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, in 1984. He received a master's degree in Germanic languages and literature from Duke University in 1997. He studied classical philology at Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg from 1995 to 1996. Following law school, he was an associate with Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York (1999–2001) and Frankfurt, Germany (2001–2004).

Professor Guenther served as an intern in the legal department of the former German Federal Securities Supervisory Office, now part of the German Ministry of Finance, in Frankfurt during fall semester 1998. He also taught English at a rural secondary school in Kenya, East Africa, from 1986 to 1987.

Professor Guenther is a past chair of the International Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan. He is a member of the board of directors of Dixboro Village Green, Inc., a former member of the board of directors of Michigan Nonprofit Housing Corporation, and chair of the Superior Township Planning Commission. He is a member of the Michigan and New York state bars.

Recent Publications

Co-author. "International Microfranchising: The ITC Experience." David W. Koch, co-author. Mich. B. J. Forthcoming, 2017.

"The Strange Case of the Missing Doctrine and the 'Odd Exercise' of the Court in eBay: Why Exactly Must Corporations Maximize Profits to Shareholders?" Forthcoming.

"‘Doing Good By Doing Deals’: How Law Students Help Social Entrepreneurs Help Small Farmers." NextBillion Blog. November 7, 2016.
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Recently Taught Courses


Presented on a panel discussion, "Retread or Racing Tire: Engaging Advanced Clinic Students in Nontraditional Ways," at the Midwest Clinical Conference, Tulsa, Oklahoma, October 2016.

Presented on a panel discussion, "The Zone of Uncertainty: (Unintended) Consequences of Baking Social/Environmental Purpose into Business Structures," and moderated a second panel on "Embedding Social Metrics into Deal Documentation and Structures" at a conference on Legal Issues in Impact Investing: U.S. and Abroad, New York, May 2016. ​

Presented "Advising Social Entrepreneurs on New Hybrid Forms of Entity," ICLE First Annual Entrepreneurial Law Institute, Detroit, May 2015.​

Moderated the panel, "Regulating the Formation and Activities of Social Enterprises: A Comparison of the U.S. and UK Approaches," Legal Issues in Impact Investing At Home and Abroad, sponsored by the Impact Investing Legal Working Group and Morgan Lewis, Washington, D.C., May 2015.​

Moderated the panel, "Doing Good by Doing Deals: The Art of Lawyering Deals that Generate Social and Financial Returns (at home and abroad)," International Transactions Clinic 5-Year Celebration/International Law Section 25-Year Celebration, University of Michigan Law School, September 2013.​

Featured in "Maternal Health Startup Makes History as First 'Do-It-Yourself' Benefit Corporation in Michigan," Forbes, May 29, 2013, and "Local Attorney Helps Make Legal History," Washtenaw County Legal News, July 4, 2013. ​