Steve is one of the leading lawyers in the country advising hedge funds and investment partnerships on equity investments in public companies, including activist situations in which clients are seeking representation on boards of public companies in the United States and worldwide. Steve has led over 300 proxy contests in his career. In an industry-newsmaking case, Steve represented foreign clients who successfully obtained board representation for the first time in both Japan and South Korea.
Steve also advises clients in negotiating mergers and acquisitions and hostile takeovers of public companies. He has extensive experience representing public and private issuers of debt and equity securities, purchasers and sellers in mergers, stock and asset transactions, and investment funds in their formation, capital raising and investment transactions. In addition, he regularly represents investment banks in their role as underwriters in public offerings, placement agents in private placements, and advisors in merger and acquisition transactions.
Steve frequently counsels corporate clients in corporate planning and structuring activities, corporate governance matters, contract negotiations, dealings with stock exchanges, and public company compliance matters.