Areas of Practice
Stephen specializes in mergers and acquisitions and corporate law. He counsels buyers and sellers in M&A transactions on a daily basis. His practice also includes venture capital and private equity financings, joint ventures, corporate governance, equity and executive compensation, and matters relating to the formation and structure of business entities. He represents both small and large companies ranging from start-ups to well established public companies in a variety of industries including life sciences, healthcare, software, energy, clean technology, consumer goods, construction, aerospace and defense, media and e-commerce. He also represents institutional and individual investors in connection with public and private company investments.
•Best Lawyers in America, Corporate Law, 2018-2019
•M&A Advisors of the Year, Our City San Diego, 2016
•Public and private mergers, acquisitions and divestitures representing buyers, sellers, investment advisors and special committees
•Numerous private equity financings representing operating companies and institutional investors
•Advice to senior executives of public and private companies regarding employment compensation matters
•Advice and negotiation of joint venture(s), strategic alliances licensing and other commercial business transactions
•Represented AMN Healthcare (NYSE: AHS) in its acquisition of MedPartners for $195 million (up to $215 million including contingent consideration).
•Represented Cabinets 2000, Inc. in its sale to ACProducts, Inc., a portfolio company of American Industrial Products.
•Represented Allied Universal in its acquisition of Covenant Security.
•Represented Lance Camper in its sale to REV Group (NYSE: REVG).
•Represented The Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation as the lead investor in the $200 million equity financing of Generate Capital.
•Represented StudyKIK in its sale of equity to Kinderhook Industries, LLC
•Represented strategic healthcare investor in $100M venture round
•Represented healthcare e-commerce company in its sale to a private equity group
•Represented Allied Universal in its acquisition of the security services division of Yale Enforcement Services, Inc.
•Represented Karoun Dairies, Inc. and Central Valley Cheese, Inc. in their sale to Parmalat
•Represented Allied Universal in its acquisition of FJC Security
•Represented Millennium Health in its sale of RxAnte to UPMC Enterprises
•Represented AMN Healthcare (NYSE: AHS) in its acquisition of Peak Health Solutions
•Represented Radiographic Equipment Services in its sale to Universal Hospital Services (NYSE: UHS)
•Represented Del Mar Recovery Solutions in its sale of equity to TZP Growth Partners
•Represented Vericare Management, Inc. in its sale to an affiliate of Medoptions
•Represented PacificGMP in its sale to Abzena (LON: ABZA)
•Represented members of the executive team of Creative Circle, LLC in connection with the sale of Creative Circle to On Assignment, Inc. (NYSE: ASGN)
•Represented AMN Healthcare Services, Inc. (NYSE: AHS) in its acquisition of The First String Healthcare, Inc.
•Represented DJO Global, Inc. in its acquisition of certain assets from Zimmer Holdings, Inc. and Biomet
•Represented Solis Capital Partners in its investment in ICOM North America
•Represented Universal Services of America in its sale of an equity interest to Warburg Pincus
•Represented Universal Protection Service in its acquisition of Guardsmark, LLC
•Represented PayForward, LLC in its seed financing round
•Represented OwnerGUARD Corporation in its sale to an affiliate of AmTrust Financial Services, Inc.
•Represented Steve Furgal International Tennis Tour, Inc. in its sale to PrimeSport, Inc.
•Represented a leading solar energy developer in its purchase of multiple solar energy projects in the eastern United States
•Represented GNW-Evergreen Insurance Services, LLC in its sale of assets to Hub International Insurance Services, Inc.
•Represented Millennium Laboratories in its acquisition of RxAnte, Inc.
•Represented Universal Protection Service, a division of Universal Services of America, in its acquisition of assets from IPC International
•Represented Universal Protection Service, a division of Universal Services of America, in its acquisition of assets from Thrive Intelligence
•Represented Universal Protection Service, a division of Universal Services of America, in its acquisition of assets from The Budd Group
•Represented Universal Services of America in its sale of an equity interest to Partners Group
•Represented an automobile title lending company in its sale to private equity buyers
•Represented Universal Protection Service, a division of Universal Services of America, in its acquisition of the security officer services division of T&M Protection Resources, LLC
•Represented the individual shareholders of Smith-Cooper International LLC in its sale to Blue Point Capital
•Represented Creative Circle in its sale to an affiliate of Morgan Stanley Global Private Equity
•Represented InfraConsult LLC in its sale to HDR Engineering, Inc.
•Represented Universal Protection Service, a division of Universal Services of America, in its acquisition of assets of A&R Security Services, Inc.
•Represented Enaqua in its sale to Grundfos
•Represented Universal Protection Service, a division of Universal Services of America, in its acquisition of assets of Heritage Security Services
•Represented Bison Capital Equity Partners in its investment in Sentinel Offender Services, LLC
•Represented Rebel Distributors Corp. in its sale to PSS World Medical, Inc.
•Represented the majority shareholder of Evolution Fresh, Inc. in its sale to Starbucks Corp.
•Represented Snak-King Corp. in its purchase of substantially all of the assets of C.J. Vitner Co., a Chicago-based snack company
•Represented Universal Protection Service, a division of Universal Services America, in its acquisition of Security Forces, Inc.
•Represented an online printing service company in the sale of its equity to a strategic buyer
•Represented Lenco Mobile, Inc. in its acquisition of iLoop Mobile, Inc.
•Represented an internet-based healthcare service company in the sale of its stock to a strategic buyer
•Represented Universal Building Maintenance, a division of Universal Services America, in its acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Service Link Commercial
•Represented Vericare Management, Inc. in its acquisition of Symed, LLC and related entities
•Represented Kelcourt Plastics in its sale to PPC Industries
•Represented Consolidated Precision Products Corp. in its acquisition of Magparts
•Represented PlantSense, Inc. in a venture debt transaction with Western Technology Investment
•Represented Evolution Fresh in the sale of its preferred stock to Fireman Capital Partners
•Represented Advanced Sleep Medicine Services, Inc. in its sale to a subsidiary of High Road Capital Partners
•Represented Universal Protection Service, a division of Universal Services of America, in its acquisition of Shield Security, Inc. and Bower Security, Inc.
•Represented PlantSense, Inc. in a Series A-1 venture round led by Gabriel Venture Partners
•Represented Universal Protection Service, a division of Universal Services of America, in its acquisition of D.N. Security Services, Inc.
•Represented Venbrook Group, LLC in the sale of a minority interest to an affiliate of Creo Capital Partners
•Represented Vericare Management, Inc. in its collaboration with Rossi Psychological Group
•Represented Lenovo Group Limited in its acquisition of Switchbox Labs
•Represented Etilize, Inc., a provider of high quality eCommerce-ready data, in its sale of a majority interest to Encodex International GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of GfK AG
•Represented Pacific Corporate Group in its acquisition of membership interests in CMS Investment Holdings, LLC
•Represented PlantSense, Inc. in a Series A venture round led by Gabriel Venture Partners
•Represented Creative Circle in its sale of membership interests to an affiliate of Riordan, Lewis & Haden
• Represented Alcatel Lucent (NYSE: ALU) and its subsidiary, Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories, in the acquisition by Genesys of the equity interests of Informiam, LLC
•Represented Transpac Imports in its sale to an affiliate of Linsalata Capital Partners
•Represented ImpediMed Limited, a company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange, in its acquisition of Xitron Technologies, Inc.
•Represented California Wholesale Material Supply, Inc. (CalPly) in its sale to L&W Supply, the distribution subsidiary of USG Corporation
•Represented Longs Drug Stores (NYSE: LDG) in the sale of stores located in California and Colorado to Walgreen Co.
•Represented Ultra Pro LP in the sale of its assets to an affiliate of Marlin Equity Partners, LLC
•Represented Vantage Media in its equity recapitalization with Montgomery & Co., Scale Venture Partners, Tudor Ventures and Integral Capital Partners
•Represented Smith-Cooper International, Inc. in its equity recapitalization with ZS Fund L.P.
•Represented Overland Storage, Inc. (NasdaqGS: OVRL) in its acquisition of Zetta Systems, Inc.
•Represented Vericare Management, Inc. in its Series B Preferred Stock venture financing
•Represented Digital Orchid, Inc. in its acquisition of Blue Tech, S.L.
•Represented Music Reports, Inc. in its sale to ABRY Group
•Represented Adir International, LLC (dba La Curacao) in the sale of a minority interest to an affiliate of Citigroup Venture Capital
•Represented Professional Appearances, Inc. dba AllHeart, in its sale to Friend Skoler & Co., Inc
•Represented Omni Life Science, Inc. in its acquisition of Apex Surgical, LLC
•Represented MicroIslet, Inc. (Amex: MII) in connection with multiple private investment in public equity (PIPE) transactions
•Represented SpaceDev, Inc. in a PIPE transaction with Laurus Master Fund, Ltd.
•Represented Evergreen Energy Inc. (f/k/a KFx Inc.) (NYSE: EEE) in a $48 PIPE transaction
•Represented Axesstel, Inc. (Amex: AFT) in a secondary public offering
•Represented Sport Brands in its acquisition of Cloudveil Mountain Works, LLC
•Represented Verari Systems, Inc. in its Series B Preferred Stock venture financing
•Represented Verari Systems, Inc. in its acquisition of MPI Software Technology, Inc.
•Represented Loudeye Corp. in its acquisition of Overpeer, Inc.
•Represented Ledcor SD Holdings in its acquisition of R.G. Petty Construction
•Represented Miramedica, Inc. in its sale to Eastman Kodak Company
•Represented numerous life science, technology and e-commerce companies and venture capitalists in preferred stock financings
•Advising Clients in Mergers & Acquisitions: Risk Management Techniques for Today's M&A Transactions, Aspatore Books from West (Thomson Reuters), 2011
•Opus Equity Partners Calls on Sheppard Mullin for Counsel in Deals
Daily Journal , May 9, 2017
•Opus Equity Partners Calls on Sheppard Mullin for Counsel
Daily Transcript , May 9, 2017
•M&A Advisors of the Year
Our City San Diego , December 2016
•Panelist, Creating Better Outcomes for Business Leaders with Business and Wealth Management, September 27, 2017, Connect
•Panelist, Exit Options for Companies and Owners, September 19, 2017, Association for Corporate Growth - San Diego: What's Your Exit Strategy
•Panelist, Surviving a Merger or Acquisition- Strategies for All Sides, September 13, 2017, The San Diego CFO Leadership Council
•Speaker and Panelist, When Good Deals Go Bad - How to Avoid Becoming an M&A Casualty, December 11, 2012
•Speaker, Planning and Executing a Successful Sale of Your Company, Helping Clients Get the Right Deal, February 16, 2012, Vistage All-City Conference
•Planning and Executing a Successful Sale of Your Company
Third Thursday Emerging Company Webinars
WebEx , November 18, 2010
•Board of Directors, San Diego Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth
•Board of Directors, San Diego County Bar Foundation
•Mergers & Acquisitions Subcommittee, Business Law Section, American Bar Association
•Member, State Bar of California
•Member, San Diego County Bar Association