Doug Raymond delivers constructive and strategic counsel for clients, advising on strategic acquisitions and joint ventures, high-stakes governance issues, securities transactions and other complex legal matters. His intuitive understanding and thoughtful consideration of the business and strategic objectives of clients make him a trusted, results-oriented counselor. Highly regarded by clients and peers, Doug is even-tempered yet persuasive, and has an encyclopedic knowledge of the law, which he draws on to creatively solve clients’ most intractable issues.

Chambers USA has noted the high esteem of his peers, with one reporting that Doug is “one of the finest lawyers I’ve ever worked with.” Doug is particularly valued for his work in mergers and acquisitions, securities transactions, and other complex corporate matters. He also has the judgment and perspective to address the unexpected and provide informed, practical solutions in acute situations and on an ongoing basis. In the 2021 Chambers guide, Doug is one of only three Corporate/M&A: Securities attorneys in Pennsylvania to receive a “Band 1” designation.

Corporate Transactions

Clients rely on Doug to seamlessly execute the largest, most sophisticated mergers, strategic acquisitions, corporate divestitures, cross-border deals and joint ventures. Whether advising on a multibillion-dollar, debt-and-equity offering on the New York Stock Exchange or a strategic asset sale, Doug prioritizes client goals at every stage of the deal.

Doug has worked extensively in the area of social impact investing. He helped establish (and subsequently served on the board of directors of) one of the leading organizations that provides social impact ratings to investors and other constituencies. He has worked for more than 20 years with Opportunity Finance Network, who works with Community Development Financial Institutions and others to ensure that low-income, low-wealth and other underserved people and communities have access to affordable, responsible financial products and services. He has also provided counsel to boards of directors and others considering forming or converting to a benefit corporation format

Disclosure and Governance Counsel

Doug is an authority on corporate governance, compliance and disclosure issues. He advises boards of directors and special committees on complex governance challenges and on implementation of ESG strategies. Doug writes a regular column on governance matters for Directors & Boards magazine that highlights his pragmatic approach to boardroom issues.

Doug also has a focus on sophisticated family enterprises and is himself an independent (nonfamily) director of a fifth-generation family business with interests in industrial abrasives and related businesses.

Representative Experience

  • Divestiture of a tank trailer manufacturer for a private equity fund
  • Several billion dollars of debt and equity offerings for an NYSE-listed insurance company
  • Divestitures of over $1 billion of energy-related infrastructure businesses
  • The acquisition for a global technology company of a logistics and services business
  • The acquisition of a multi-line catalog retailer for a strategic buyer and subsequent divestitures of that business
  • Divestitures for a high tech company of a principal business segment
  • The acquisition of property and casualty insurance company
  • A dual track (IPO versus auction) process for a private equity seller of a global transportation and logistics company
  • Acquisitions of print and media businesses for strategic buyers
  • A joint venture between a strategic and financial partner in the energy infrastructure business
  • The acquisition of a national retailer for a strategic buyer
  • Acquisitions of multiple transportation and logistics companies by a strategic buyer
  • A strategic seller of a sophisticated outsourcing business in the technology space
  • Private equity buyers in a consolidation of niche manufacturing companies in a highly specialized market

Personal Interests

A classics major at Harvard University, Doug had early aspirations of becoming a rare book dealer. In his spare time he hikes and backpacks.

<i>Directors & Boards</i> Thought Leadership
Directors & Boards Thought Leadership
Doug frequently contributes to the magazine addressing board and governance issues

Related Industries


Bar Admissions



Harvard University
B.A. cum laude

University of Pennsylvania Law School
J.D. magna cum laude

Insights & Events

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association — Title 15 Committee

Firm Leadership

  • Board Member
  • Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP — Managing Partner; Chair, Corporate and Securities Practice Group


  • Chambers Global — Corporate/M&A (International & Cross-Border), Band 4, 2023
  • Chambers USA — Band 1, Pennsylvania: Philadelphia & Surrounds, Corporate/M&A & Private Equity, 2012-23
  • Chambers USA — Band 1, Pennsylvania, Corporate/M&A: Securities, 2004-23
  • Best Lawyers® — Corporate Law, 2006-24; Mergers and Acquisitions Law, 2006-24 (Lawyer of the Year, 2022)
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