Stephen Giove is a partner in the Capital Markets Group and a current member and co-founder of the firm’s Corporate Governance Advisory Group. He is an extremely experienced securities and corporate lawyer with considerable knowledge of finance, accounting, internal controls and investor and public relations matters. His practice is principally focused on counseling corporate clients with respect to strategic, governance, financing and public company matters.
His strategic transactional experience includes representing clients in connection with spin-offs, split-offs, going private transactions, tender and exchange offers, consent solicitations, internal corporate reorganizations, joint ventures, pre-packaged bankruptcies and out-of-court restructurings.
His governance experience includes advising boards, their committees and senior management with respect to the full range of corporate governance matters, such as board practices and structures, fiduciary duties, proxy access, anti-takeover defenses, shareholder proposals, dealing with activists, crisis management, annual board self-evaluations and dealing with external constituencies, including shareholders, proxy advisory firms and regulators.
His financing experience includes representing issuers and underwriters in initial public offerings and offerings of common and preferred stock, convertible securities, high yield bonds, investment grade debt and commercial paper as well as a full range of liability management transactions.
His public company practice includes advising public (and pre-IPO) companies with respect to all aspects of their public disclosures, SEC, NYSE and NASDAQ compliance matters as well as the securities law aspects of various transactions, including mergers, acquisitions and dispositions, share and debt repurchase programs, issuer self-tender offers and Rule 10b5-1 plans.
He joined the firm in 1987, became a partner in 1993, was the firm’s hiring partner from 1997–1999, was the co-head of its US Capital Markets Group from 2003-2007, was a member of the firm’s Global Business Development Committee from 2008-2010 and was co-chair of the firm’s Corporate Governance Advisory Group from 2007-2013.