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Michael Stein

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Michael Stein practices corporate and securities law with an emphasis on corporate finance and public and private mergers and acquisitions transactions.


Michael's corporate finance experience includes representing issuers and underwriters in securities offerings, including public offerings of equity and debt securities (including IPOs, follow-on public offerings and Rule 144A offerings), tender offers, going private transactions, venture capital investments and other private placements of securities (including PIPEs and registered direct offerings).


Michael also advises public companies and senior management on disclosure and corporate governance issues, shareholder relations and compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and the rules and regulations of the US Securities and Exchange Commission, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and the major stock exchanges.


JD, University of Maryland; BA, university of Florida; MS, University of Florida

United States: Finance

Capital markets: equity offerings

Within: Capital markets: equity offerings

DLA Piper LLP (US)’s ‘tailored approach’ and ‘strategic and thoughtful advice’ helps clients to achieve ‘very positive outcomes’. The group was significantly strengthened in 2016 through the arrivals of Baltimore-based Michael Stein, who was formerly deputy general counsel at Everi Holdings, and Kerry Johnson, who joined in New York from Hunton & Williams LLP. In addition, Melissa Bengtson and Scott Cowan were promoted to partner in Phoenix and New Jersey respectively. New York-based national capital markets chair Christopher Pacieffectively combines deep technical knowledge and extensive experience with a practical approach’; he advised Kadmon on its $75m public offering. In Chicago, Gregory Hayes acted for Equity Residential in its $881.2m at-the-market offering. Other key names include US corporate chair John Gilluly, who splits his time between Austin, Dallas and Houston, and Peter Astiz and Curtis Mo, who are both based in Silicon Valley.

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m)

Within: M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m)

DLA Piper LLP (US)’s ‘level of service is exceptional; the lawyers are extremely knowledgeable and responsive and deliver a high-quality work product - and practical advice’. The firm recently welcomed Sherman Chu to the Silicon Valley office from Cisco, where he served as general counsel for the Greater China region, while Michael Stein, who divides time between Baltimore and Washington DC, was hired from Everi Holdings, where he served as senior vice president, deputy general counsel and corporate compliance officer. Other key hires included energy sector specialist Drew Baldinger in Houston from Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP. In the technology space, the firm acted for Qualcomm’s board in its acquisition of NXP Semiconductors, and advised SolarWinds in its sale to private equity technology investment firms, Silver Lake Partners and Thoma Bravo. Key energy transactions included acting for Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors on the sale of privately held entities, Silver Hill Energy Partners I & II (formerly co-owned with Ridgemont Equity Partners), to RSP Permian; while in real estate it acted for timeshare company Diamond Resorts International in its sale to Apollo Global Management. The practice is also recommended for deals involving the life sciences, healthcare and franchising and distribution, as well as insurance, manufacturing and financial services. New York-based US M&A chair Jonathan Klein is highly rated, and managing partner of the firm’s Texas offices John Gilluly III is US corporate co-chair. Frank Layson is ‘very talented at finding creative solutions to difficult issues and truly partners with clients during transactions’. Since publication, William Candelaria has joined from Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP. Since publication, Gina Reif Ilardi has joined from Jenner & Block LLP.

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