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Stephen Besen


New York

Besen Stephen
Stephen Besen


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 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.

Experience highlights


New York

Allen & Overy LLP
1221 Avenue of the Americas
New York
NY 10020

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Admitted: Bar of the State of New York, 1984


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


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

Chambers USA: Mergers & Acquisitions, 2018