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Stephen Besen

Partner

New York

Besen Stephen
Stephen Besen

Partner

New York

Stephen is a partner in the M&A practice, based in New York. He has over 35 years of experience representing clients in complex cross-border public and private M&A transactions. Clients rely on his broad-based experience in structuring and negotiating acquisitions, dispositions and joint ventures, as well as advising on general corporate legal matters.

Stephen has been recognized as one of the leading lawyers in corporate/M&A and private equity by Chambers USA and Legal 500. In 2022, Legal 500 said that “Stephen Besen is highly engaged and always readily available (even when taking into account the time differences). He combines an in-depth knowledge with excellent communication and negotiation skills and is able to remain his calm under stressful circumstances. He runs his team as a tight ship and makes sure there is appropriate (but not over the top) resourcing for our files, with equally capable other partners (tax, IP) and associates. Stephen is a real pleasure to work with, also from a personal perspective.” In 2008, Stephen was named “Dealmaker of the Year” by The American Lawyer for his role advising SABIC on the $11.6 billion acquisition of GE Plastics.

He regularly represents financial institutions, asset management firms and industrial/infrastructure clients in Asia, Europe and the United States.

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Experience highlights

Office

New York

1221 Avenue of the Americas
New York
NY 10020

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Qualifications

Professional

Admitted: Bar of the State of New York, 1984

Academic

S.B. Management and Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1980

J.D., Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, Columbia University School of Law, New York, New York, 1983


Recognition

Awards

The U.S. M&A Practice is ranked as Highly Regarded

Chambers USA: Mergers & Acquisitions, 2018