Bonnie Barsamian
Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Bonnie Barsamian
Partner, Chair of Capital Markets and Securities Group
Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
What led you to a career in the deal-making industry?
It’s a dynamic, exciting industry and the learning curve never flattens. I wanted to be at the forefront of the action, learn about new businesses, and facilitate consensus to achieve successful transactions.
How does diversity add value in the deal-making process?
Diversity provides perspective, the experience of seeing through different lenses. Perspective helps a dealmaker to achieve accord in the face of divergence, and to effectively lead others to common ground.
Most memorable deal I worked on....
....was a high-profile deal that a more senior colleague claimed I couldn’t handle and tried to take for himself, but he was wrong and too late because I had just gotten it successfully signed and publicly announced!
Advice for achieving success in the industry....
Experience is the best teacher. Embrace complex situations. Extend beyond your comfort zone.


Bonnie is a seasoned, trusted legal and business advisor with nearly 30 years of experience advising public and private companies, boards of directors, C-suites and financial institutions in complex securities/capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, governance, and other corporate transactional matters. Bonnie is a member of Top 100 Women in M&A - NYC. In June 2016, she was nominated by President Obama to the Board of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC).

Location: Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, New York, New York, United States.

Education: J.D., University of Chicago Law School; B.A., Amherst College.