Steven E. Siesser Partner

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Co-Chair, Transactions & Advisory Group
Co-Head, NYC Office


Wherever major investment funds are putting money to work — whether the arena is public or private, equity or debt, mezzanine or hedge fund — Steven Siesser plays a prominent role. As co-chair of the firm’s Transactions & Advisory Group, Steven actively represents investors, target companies, and intermediaries, such as investment banks and high-net-worth individuals, in all manner of sophisticated transactions. He often serves officially as their outside general counsel and unofficially as their trusted business and legal advisor, providing them with much-needed perspective on the universe of challenges they face.

Steven’s clients know that he is totally focused on their interests. He is very much a hands-on, “working partner” who gets deeply involved in the details of the deals he arranges. Not content simply to point out problems, he finds ways to fix them — to get the deal done without getting bogged down in what he calls “lawyer minutiae.” He is available anytime, not just to answer his clients’ questions, but also to answer what “they’re not asking, but should be.” He always refers to them as “we” and “us,” which sums up, in a way, his role as a key member of their inner circle.

Steven is also known as a consummate networker. Interacting with clients, colleagues and his many investor and business contacts, his expressed purpose is to “put people together to achieve great outcomes” — which happens with impressive regularity.

Recent Speaking Engagements:

  • Transaction Insurance Insights Conference, Panelist, “The Buyers Perspective,” New York, NY, April 20, 2017
  • Growth Capital Expo, Speaker, “Exploring the New PIPE Market- Recent Deal Terms and Structures,” Las Vegas, NV, April 29-May 1, 2014
  • Capital Roundtable Information Services PE Conference, Speaker, "Private Equity Investing in Information Services Companies," New York, NY, April 4, 2013
  • Fifth Annual Barrington Research Growth Conference, Panelist, "Trends in the PIPES R/D market and updates on the JOBS Act," Chicago, IL, September 5, 2012
  • Capital Roundtable Master Class, Panelist, "Private Equity Investing in Marketing & Digital Services Companies: Finding the Golden Nuggets in Today’s Data-Driven World,” New York, NY, June 23, 2011 
  • DealFlow Media PIPEs Conference 2010, Panelist "PIPEs Legal Update: Current Developments and Trends," Las Vegas, NV, Nov 9-10, 2010
  • Dealflow Media's Reverse Merger Conference 2010, Panelist "Cross-Border Financing Opportunities:  Tapping Canadian Investors for Capital," Toronto, Canada, June 29, 2010
  • West LegalEdCenter Webinar, Topic: "What Private Equity Investors Need to Know About Section 363 Sales," February 11, 2010
  • West Legalworks' National Webcast, Topic: "What's the Deal: The M&A Forecast Heading into 2010," September 24, 2009
  • "Workshop: Raising Capital in the Current Market, Shelf Registrations - Why Every Issuers Should Have One", Roth Capital Partner's 21st Annual Stock Growth OC Conference, Dana Point, CA, February 16-18, 2009
  • DealFlow Media PIPEs Conference 2008, Panelist "Getting Deals Done in a Turbulent Market: Making a Rational Assessment of Risk & Reward," New York, NY, Nov 12-13, 2008
  • West Legalworks' National Webcast, Topic: "The Changing M&A Deal Environment," November 6, 2008
  • 2008 Merriman Curhan Ford & Co. 5th Annual Investor Summit, Topic: Current Issues In PIPEs and Registered Directs, San Francisco, CA, September 15-16, 2008
  • Committee on Securities Regulation, Topic: Emerging Regulatory Trends Facing Institutional Investors in Alternative Capital Market Investments, New York State Bar Association, June 11, 2008
  • Derivatives & Structured Products Law Committee, Topic: Primer on PIPEs and Alternative Investments, Business Law Section of the New York State Bar Association, June 4, 2008
  • 2008 China Venture Capital & Private Equity Forum, Topic: Financing Alternatives - PIPEs, Shenzhen, China, April 11, 2008
  • International PIPEs Conference, Topic: Update on the PIPE Market: New Rules & Recent Pricing Trends, Hong Kong, China, April 8-10th, 2008
  • Roth Capital Partner's 20th Annual OC Conference, Topic: Recent Developments in PIPEs and Registered Directs, Dana Point, CA, February 18-21, 2008

Other Distinctions

  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2011) — Cited sources that said: “We respect his creative thinking and domain expertise — he knows the structured equity platform better than anybody," and in 2010 noted: "He doesn’t take his eyes off the big picture — he knows which issues to focus on, and where to compromise" …"He has an unbelievable head for business, and is creative, bright and practical."

  • M&A Advisor Turnaround Awards (2013) – The restructuring and sale of Coach America, led by Sharon Levine, Steven Siesser and Jason Teele, was recognized as "Restructuring Deal of the Year ($100 million to $500 million)" and "Industrial Goods and Basic Resources sector Deal of the Year."

  • The Best Lawyers in America (2013-2017) – Recognized in the corporate law category.

Publications

Understanding The Steps For Conducting A PIPE
Law360, September 12, 2013
Steven Siesser, Steven Skolnick
How To Raise Capital Using A PIPE
Law360, September 5, 2013
Steven Siesser, Steven Skolnick
Regulation Alert - SEC Issues Bulletin on Risks of Investing in Reverse Merger Companies - June 9, 2011
Specialty Finance Client Alert, June 2011
Steven Siesser, Steven Skolnick, John D. Hogoboom
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Press Mentions

Lowenstein Sandler represented TRANZACT in its sale to private equity fund, Clayton, Dubilier & Rice. TRANZACT, the leading provider of direct-to-consumer sales and marketing solutions for insurance carriers in the United States, is a longtime firm client. This transaction represents the fourth time Lowenstein has been involved in the sale of a stake of this company. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The deal team included Steven Siesser, Traci Tomaselli, Anita Chapdelaine, Jonathan Goodman, Katie Cobb, Bryan Seelig, Jim Gregory, Darren Goodman, Megan Monson, Brian Silikovitz, Lesley Adamo, Lowell Citron, Chad Pearlman, Maureen MontagueVanessa Ignacio and John Wintermute. , June 9, 2016
We represented long-time private equity fund client, Veronis Suhler Stevenson, and its portfolio company, TRANZACT, a leading provider of end-to-end customer acquisition solutions to the insurance sector in connection with VSS’s exit from its investment, in which White Mountains Insurance Group, Ltd. (NYSE: WTM) acquired control of the company in a deal valued at approximately $280 million, as well as a $70 million simultaneous recapitalization transaction. The transaction closed on October 10, 2014. The Lowenstein team includes Steven E. Siesser, Traci M. Tomaselli, Lowell A. Citron, Brian A. Silikovitz, Andrew E. Graw, Anita L. Chapdelaine, Lesley Adamo, Jonathan D. Goodman, Darren Goodman, Katie Cobb, Chad S. Pearlman, Michael Amalfe and Jeffrey Silberman. , October 10, 2014
Lowenstein Sandler represented Defy Media, LLC, a leading creator and distributor of digital content, in acquiring the assets of Viacom Inc.’s gaming focused digital properties: Addicting Games, GameTrailers and Shockwave, extending the Company's portfolio of digital properties. In consideration for the digital properties, Viacom will receive a minority interest in DEFY (formed by the Alloy Digital and Break Media "merger of equals"). Viacom also made an investment in DEFY at the same time as the transaction. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. The Lowenstein team includes Steven E. Siesser, Traci M. Tomaselli, Michael A. Buxbaum, Anita L. Chapdelaine, Marisa A. White and Jake Filak. , June 11, 2014
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Related Areas

Capital Markets & Securities
Corporate
Corporate Governance & Compliance
Debt Finance
Mergers & Acquisitions
PIPEs, SPACs & Registered Direct Offerings
Private Equity
Transactions & Advisory Group

Education


Brooklyn Law School ( J.D. , 1994 )
George Washington University ( M.A. , 1991 )
George Washington University ( B.A. , 1990 )

Bar Admissions


New York
New Jersey

Affiliations


  • New York State Bar Association
  • Seton Hall University School of Law, Adjunct Professor, Mergers and Acquisitions
  • American Bar Association
  • New Jersey State Bar Association