Steven J. Gartner is Chairman of the firm, a member of the firm’s Executive Committee and a partner in the Corporate and Financial Services Department. He focuses on private equity transactions and mergers and acquisitions. Steve regularly advises boards of directors, board committees and senior management on strategic issues and corporate governance. He has also represented activists in a number of proxy fights and campaigns, as well as companies defending against the activists.
Steve represents private equity firms in a wide range of transactions, ranging from minority investments in public and private companies to leveraged buyouts of public companies. He has extensive experience in representing buyers and sellers in auctions for corporations, divisions or asset sales.
Steve represents domestic and international buyers and sellers in all types of merger and acquisition transactions, including mergers, asset sales, stock sales, spin-offs and recapitalizations involving both public and private companies. Steve also represents Special Committees formed to consider transactions with interested persons, including going-private transactions. His practice covers companies in a wide variety of industries, including healthcare, healthcare services, technology, software, manufacturing, and telecom.
Chambers USA (2015) and Chambers Global (2015) rank Steve among the leading individuals practicing in the area of Private Equity: Buyouts in the United States. In 2015 he received the John J. Murphy Award from St. John’s University School of Law in recognition of distinguished service to the public, the profession and the rule of law.