Stephen G. Cordaro

Counsel

Stephen G. Cordaro is counsel in the firm’s Corporate and Securities Group and practices primarily in the areas of corporate, mergers and acquisitions, securities, private equity and venture capital.

Steve’s general corporate and securities law experience includes counseling small, closely held businesses, as well as large corporations and their management, on day-to-day business matters and specialized transactions. This experience includes representing both acquirors and targets in a number of significant cash and stock transactions, including multimillion-dollar mergers and acquisitions across a variety of industries, such as electronic enclosures and plastics manufacturing, orthotic footwear, durable medical equipment, software products, information technology, skilled nursing facilities, silver mining and commodities. He also has extensive experience representing publicly traded companies listed on NASDAQ or AMEX with respect to Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, proxy solicitations, annual meetings and securities law issues. In addition, Steve was a draftsman of one of the first “plain English” prospectuses in the food and beverage industry. He also worked with the staff of the SEC on a variety of complex securities matters.

In the private equity and venture capital arena, Steve handles a wide range of matters on behalf of issuers raising capital, including drafting private placement memoranda and negotiating key business and legal terms of equity financing with venture capital investors.

Among his recent transactions, Steve advised:

  • The purchaser on a roll-up transaction involving the acquisition of several companies in the financial planning industry. This transaction was financed with a $50 million sale of preferred equity by a well-renowned private equity firm
  • The seller of an information technology business to a private equity group for approximately $30 million in an all-cash transaction
  • The purchaser in an asset purchase of a plastics company for approximately $15 million. This transaction was financed with senior and mezzanine credit facilities

Steve graduated magna cum laude from Fordham University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He received his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law. While at Fordham, Steve was selected as a staff member of the Fordham International Law Journal.

Education

  • Fordham University School of Law (J.D., 1993)
  • Fordham University (B.A. in Economics, magna cum laude, 1990)

Bar & Court Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • New York