Based in Chicago, Dave Rasmussen has been the general counsel and global tax director at Spencer Stuart for 19 years. He has built a commercially relevant team with strong connections to the Spencer Stuart business, providing not only legal advice but also assistance in negotiation and development in a client-facing context. Dave advises and provides risk assessment on all tax and legal matters that arise in the global marketplace, including corporate governance, employment, client agreements, data privacy, litigation, securities law, mergers and acquisitions, and local and international compliance.

Legal oversight and tax expertise

  • Dave began his professional career with Ernst & Young’s entrepreneurial services group, catering to private equity and closely held companies. He was the first Chicago office tax manager to be assigned to the London desk, where he became an expert in international tax strategy and cross-border transactions.
  • Since joining Spencer Stuart in 1997, Dave has focused on developing the general counsel’s office into a full-service resource to assist consultants worldwide. His team is involved in almost every aspect of the client relationship, acting as negotiators, problem-solvers, and trusted business advisors.
  • In his role as the leader of the firm’s legal team, he advises Spencer Stuart’s global team of consultants on issues that affect the completion of successful client interactions, including compensation packages, security and risk management, cross-border logistics and confidentiality of client relationships.

Dave received his bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University and his law degree from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago.