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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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Steven Navarro

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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Latin America Team; Corporate & Business Transactions


Steven concentrates on cross-border mergers and acquisitions (M&A), private equity transactions, joint ventures, and strategic alliances primarily in the life sciences, energy and natural resources, and industrial sectors. He advises private equity funds, and multinational public and private companies on complex acquisitions, dispositions, and securities transactions. His practice also encompasses public and private M&A, stock and asset transactions, and purchases and sales resulting from bankruptcy and out-of-court restructurings.  He is group leader of the New York office corporate, finance and investment management practice, and a former co-leader of the firm’s mergers and acquisitions practice.


State University of New York at Albany; Georgetown University Law Center

United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: large deals ($1bn+)

Within: M&A: large deals ($1bn+)

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is ‘excellent’ and has an impressive practice in public and private sector M&A. Its international expansion over the last few years has enabled it to advise on a greater number of cross-border transactions. It is particularly noted for its strength in life sciences, energy, technology, retail, financial services, healthcare and media deals. In 2016, the firm advised Acerta Pharma, the clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, on its $4bn sale of a majority stake in the company to AstraZeneca; this was one of the largest sales of a private biotechnology company. It also advised BASF on its coatings division’s $3.2bn acquisition of Chemetall, the global surface treatment business of Albermarle. On the technology side, it advised eBay on its $925m sale of eBay Enterprise, its e-commerce business, to Permira and Sterling Partners. Key partner on the deal, Philadelphia-based leader of the M&A practice Richard Aldridge, is a real ‘M&A expert’ and does a ‘fine job’. Fellow Philadelphia partner Justin Chairman provides ‘outstanding contributions’ to M&A transactions. In Boston, deputy leader of the M&A practice Laurie Cerveny is also highly recommended, as are Steven Browne and John Utzschneider. Steven Navarro and Floyd Wittlin in New York and James Loss in Orange County are other key names. Since publication, John Crespo has joined from King & Spalding LLP

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Venture capital and emerging companies

Within: Venture capital and emerging companies

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s practice focuses on early-stage growth companies and their investors, acting for clients involved in, among other things, technology, life sciences, clean energy and financial services. Boston-based Michael Conza and Princeton-based Steven Cohen are the practice co-chairs; both have strengths in financing and exits through M&A and IPO. Recent highlights include assisting PayPal with leading a $30m funding round for investing mobile app Acorns Grow; this was led by William Perkins in Boston, who is a regular adviser to the client. For Acerta Pharma, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, Princeton-based Emilio Ragosa and New York-based Steven Navarro handled the $4bn sale of a majority stake to AstraZeneca. Joanne Soslow in Philadelphia handled the $35m preferred stock financing for Aprecia Pharmaceuticals, which included investments from Deerfield Management and JW Asset Management. Other clients include Oculus, Infosys, HealthLine Networks and Geekatoo.

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