Steven J. Gartner

Co-Chairman

New York
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
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New York, NY 10019-6099
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Steven J. Gartner is Co-Chairman of the firm, a member of the firm’s Executive Committee and a partner in the Corporate and Financial Services Department. He specializes in private equity transactions and mergers and acquisitions. Steve regularly advises boards of directors, board committees and senior management on strategic issues and corporate governance.

Private Equity
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.

Chambers USA (2014) and Chambers Global (2014) rank Steve among the leading individuals practicing in the area of Private Equity: Buyouts in the United States.

M&A
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.

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Steven J. Gartner is Co-Chairman of the firm, a member of the firm’s Executive Committee and a partner in the Corporate and Financial Services Department. He specializes in private equity transactions and mergers and acquisitions. Steve regularly advises boards of directors, board committees and senior management on strategic issues and corporate governance.

Selected Significant Matters

Private Equity/M&A
Steve’s representative Private Equity and M&A experience includes advising:

  • iParadigms in connection with its $752 million sale to Insight Venture partners and GIC, Singapore's sovereign wealth fund, from majority owner Warburg Pincus
  • Warburg Pincus in connection with its acquisition of JHP Pharmaceuticals, LLC from Morgan Stanley Principal Investments, and Warburg Pincus and JHP in connection with Warburg Pincus’ subsequent sale of JHP to Par Pharmaceutical
  • Representing Scotsman Industries in connection with its acquisition by ALI Group from an affiliate of Warburg Pincus
  • Representing Ion Trading in connection with its acquisition of Triplepoint from Welsh Carson
  • Constitutional Medical Inc. (CMI) and Warburg Pincus in connection with the sale of CMI to Roche Diagnostics
  • 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
Steve has provided advice to the Boards of Directors and/or senior management of numerous companies including:

  • Interpublic Group, Inc.
  • AboveNet, Inc.
  • The Topps Company, Inc.
  • Hampshire Group, Inc.
  • Medical Staffing Network Holdings, Inc.
  • Party City Corporation
  • Unilab Corporation
  • ev3, Inc.
  • MedAssets, Inc.
  • Medical Resources, Inc.
  • TheraTX, Incorporated
  • Xomed Surgical Products
  • Eagle Family Foods, Inc.
  • Information Holdings Inc.
  • MFS Communications Company, Inc.

Selected Professional and Business Activities

Steve 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, Steve 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.

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