Steven J. Gartner
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
787 Seventh Avenue
New York, N.Y. 10019-6099, U.S.A.
Steven J. Gartner is a partner of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in New York and is Co-Chairman of the firm. Mr. Gartner is also a member of the Executive Committee. He specializes in private equity, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance matters. Having served for two years in the firm’s London office, Mr. Gartner continues to be active in the firm’s international practice.
In the area of private equity, Mr. Gartner is actively involved in representing private equity funds and start-up companies. He has been involved in private equity transactions ranging from $1 million to over $5 billion, including numerous leveraged buyouts of public and private companies. Mr. Gartner’s mergers and acquisitions experience includes going-private transactions, stock and asset sales, and privately negotiated and hostile transactions.
Chambers USA (2013) and Chambers Global (2013) rank Mr. Gartner among the leading individuals practicing in the area of Private Equity: Buyouts in the United States.
Selected Professional and Business Activities
Mr. Gartner is a member of the American Bar Association (Section on Business Law), the New York State Bar Association, the New York City Bar Association, and the New Jersey Bar Association.
A frequent speaker and author, Mr. Gartner is often quoted as an expert in publications such as The Wall Street Journal on various high-profile matters with respect to corporate and financial law.
Selected Significant Matters
Mr. Gartner represented:
Scotsman Industries in connection with its acquisition by ALI Group from an affiliate of Warburg Pincus
AboveNet Inc.’s Board of Directors in connection with AboveNet’s approximately $2.2 billion agreement to be acquired by Zayo Group LLC
MLM Information Services and Warburg Pincus in connection with Warburg Pincus’ sale of MLM to the parent company of Corporation Service Company
Warburg Pincus in connection with its acquisition of Total Safety from DLJ Merchant Banking Partners
Telcordia Technologies Inc., Providence Equity Partners, LLC and Warburg Pincus in the $1.15 billion sale of Telcordia to Ericsson
MedAssets, Inc. in connection with its acquisition of The Broadlane Group
Cobalt Holding Company in connection with its acquisition by Automatic Data Processing, Inc.
ev3 Inc. in connection with its $2.6 billion acquisition by Covidien plc.
Warburg Pincus in connection with its leveraged buyout (with Silver Lake) of Interactive Data Corporation
Warburg Pincus in connection with the sale of Metavante Technologies, Inc. to Fidelity National Information Services, Inc.
The Topps Company in connection with its sale to an investment vehicle formed by Michael Eisner's The Tornante Company LLC and private equity firm Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC.
Corporate Governance -- Mr. Gartner has advised various public companies on issues of corporate governance and fiduciary duties, including:
Hampshire Group, Limited
The Topps Company, Inc.
Medical Staffing Network Holdings, Inc.
Party City Corporation
Medical Resources, Inc.
Xomed Surgical Products
Eagle Family Foods, Inc.
Information Holdings Inc.
MFS Communications Company, Inc.
-- Mr. Gartner represented the Special Committees of:
The Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group in connection with its sale to Bunker Hill Capital
Juniper Financial in connection with a proposed financing from its controlling stockholders
Railworks in connection with a proposed management-led leveraged buyout
Sbarro’s in connection with a going private transaction
MCSi in connection with a proposed transaction with an affiliate
USA Detergents in connection with a joint venture with Church & Dwight Co.
1984, St. John’s University School of Law, J.D.
1981, Georgetown University, B.S.B.A.
New Jersey, 1986
New York, 1985