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Stephen P. Hanson

Partner
Steve focuses his practice in the areas of private equity, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and emerging companies, and general corporate counseling.
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Steve is highly attuned to the business and legal needs of his clients. He brings a practical business acumen to guide his clients through the complexity of each transaction and prides himself on his long-existing client relationships. Solution-oriented, Steve provides strategic advice and counsel.

Client Work

Private Equity

Steve routinely represents financial sponsors such as private equity and mezzanine debt funds (including SBICs), their respective portfolio companies, principals, sponsors, and investors; and other public and privately-held companies, with a focus on the middle market and lower middle market. He assists clients with domestic and cross-border private mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, joint ventures, and growth equity and acquisition debt financings.

Venture Capital and Emerging Companies

Steve assists start-up and emerging companies across a range of industries with their business transactions, such as handling financing, structuring investments, and negotiating commercial agreements. He also represents venture capital funds and corporate venture investors in convertible note and equity financings.

General Corporate

Steve counsels privately held business clients of all sizes on general corporate matters, including entity formation, corporate governance, and general commercial matters. Although he regularly assists a variety of businesses across industries, he has particular experience advising clients in the retail and consumer goods, digital media, manufacturing, specialty chemicals, and food and beverage industries.

Representative Transactions

  • Representation of Baxters Food Group Ltd., a UK-based food processing and packaging business, in connection with its acquisitions of two US-based food packaging businesses, Wornick Foods and Truitt Bros. Inc.
  • Representation of Coalfire Systems Inc., a US-based cybersecurity solutions provider, in connection with its acquisition of Neuralys, Inc., a penetration testing platform.
  • Representation of Graycliff Partners in connection with its leveraged acquisition of Oberfields LLC, a regional manufacturer and distributor of concrete masonry and hardscape products, and its subsequent sale of Oberfields to an affiliate of The Quikrete Companies.
  • Representation of Hancock Park Associates in connection with its leveraged acquisition of Project Time & Cost LLC, a construction consulting firm, and its subsequent sale of PT&C to DC Capital Partners.
  • Representation of Graycliff Partners in connection with its leveraged acquisition of Harper-Love Adhesives Corporation, a manufacturer of adhesive additives used to bond corrugated boxes, and its subsequent sale of Harper-Love to HBM Holdings.
  • Representation of RTech, a technology-driven healthcare reimbursement solutions provider, in connection with its sale to TransUnion.
  • Representation of Graycliff Partners in connection with its leveraged acquisition of WorldWide Electric Corporation, a manufacturer of electric motors, motor controls and gear reducers.
  • Representation of the members of Legal 1031 Exchange Services, LLC, an independent 1031 exchange service provider, in connection with the sale of a controlling interest to Kensington Vanguard National Land Services.
  • Representation of Graycliff Partners in connection with its leveraged acquisition of 901 D, a strategic subsystems engineering and integration partner for the defense, aerospace, security and industrial systems integrators, and its subsequent sale of 901 D to Curtiss-Wright Corporation.
  • Representation of the sellers of Aero Pacific Corp., an aerospace precision machining manufacturer, in connection with its sale to ARCH Global Precision.
  • Representation of Graycliff Partners LP in connection with its leveraged acquisition of Talon Innovations Corporation, a provider of custom precision machining for OEMs in the semiconductor, aerospace, packaging and industrial¬†markets, and its subsequent sale of Talon to Ichor Holdings Ltd.
  • Representation of Palmfund Management in connection with its acquisition of Legal Publishing Group, a legal, regulatory and accounting content provider in Argentina and Peru, from Lexis-Nexis, and its subsequent sale of Legal Publishing Group to Thomson Reuters.
  • Representation of Hancock Park Associates in connection with its acquisition of Soundcast, a developer and manufacturer of high performance wireless music systems.
  • Representation of Graycliff Partners in connection with its leveraged acquisition of Skandia Inc., an aircraft interiors specialist, and its subsequent sale of Skandia to TransDigm Group Incorporated.
  • Representation of Veterinary Cancer Group in connection with its acquisition by Pathway Vet Alliance.
  • Representation of Camuto Group in connection with its acquisition of the remaining shares of Bernard Chaus, Inc., a designer of women's career, casual sportswear and dresses.
  • Representation of Hancock Park Associates in connection with its sale of a furniture and home product retailer.
  • Representation of Graycliff Partners, LP, in connection with its leveraged acquisition of Rutland Plastic Technologies, Inc., a manufacturer of plastisols used in screen printing inks and industrial applications, and its subsequent sale of Rutland to The Riverside Company.
  • Representation of Argentum Capital in connection with its growth equity investment in Centercode, a provider of customer validation SaaS solutions.
  • Representation of Evonik Corporation in connection with its investment in Biosynthetic Technologies LLC, a developer and manufacturer of bio-based synthetic oils.
  • Representation of Rayonier Advanced Materials in connection with its Series A Preferred Stock investment in Anomera Inc.
  • Representation of a West Coast-based microbrewery in connection with its Series A Preferred Stock financing.
  • Representation of a principal of an energy-focused private equity fund in connection with the restructuring of his management and carried interests.
  • Representation of the lead investor in connection with the Series A Preferred Stock investment in an emerging company having proprietary technology for the delivery of streaming digital content over the Internet.
  • Representation of the special committee of a major discount shoe brand in connection with its review of related party transactions.
  • Representation of the special committee of a national newspaper company in connection with its review of related party transactions.

Publications, Presentations & Recognitions

"Mezzanine Lenders: Navigating an Insolvent Borrower," co-presented by Endicott Peabody IV (Kit), Stephen P. Hanson and Patrick M. Birney, as part of the Small Business Investor Alliance's (SBIA) Lunch & Learn Webinar Series, 11/4/2020

Life Beyond the Law

A native of Minneapolis, Steve currently lives with his daughter in New York City. He enjoys skiing, running, golfing, and travel.