Steve Kirshenbaum is a senior partner in the Corporate Department and has formerly served as a member of Proskauer’s Executive Committee, a Chair of the Corporate Department and managing partner of the firm’s Paris office. He has a broad-based general corporate, finance and securities practice, representing domestic and foreign clients, both public and privately held.
Steve has extensive experience in handling a wide range of domestic and international/cross-border transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, reorganizations and other business combinations, as well as private placements, public debt offerings and other financings. His international practice has involved companies in more than 30 countries, including most European nations, China, Japan, India, Australia, Canada, Israel, the Caribbean and Mexico.
He has advised clients in many different industries including manufacturing and distribution, technology, entertainment and media, pharmaceutical, farming and food production, industrial packaging, shipping, printing, insurance and financial services, health care, building products, defense technologies, hospitality, apparel and fashion, and retail sales.
Representing both buyers and sellers, Steve has handled numerous public and private M&A transactions, including negotiated acquisitions, auctions and competitive bids, and management and other leveraged buyouts. He also has handled a broad range of joint ventures, financings and other transactions, many of which have been cross border. He has represented, among others, public companies such as Ascena Retail Group, Henry Schein, Inc., United Industrial Corporation, Finley Enterprises, Inc., C&D Technologies, Inc., Giant Cement Company, Inc. and Kapson Senior Quarters, Inc.; private equity funds such as Veronis Suhler and Charterhouse; and multinational clients such as The Laird Group Plc., Tyman Plc., Dealogic Plc., Allied Domecq Plc, Belron S.A., The Albert Fisher Group Plc, Club Méditerranée S.A., Bollore SA and Mauser-Werke GmbH & Co. KG.
Steve's securities practice includes public and private equity offerings, going-private and other transactions and counseling clients on Securities Exchange Act of 1934 compliance and corporate governance matters. His securities clients have ranged from domestic companies such as Ascena Retail Group, Henry Schein, Inc., United Industrial Corporation, Finley Enterprises, Inc., C&D Technologies, Inc., Giant Cement Company, Inc. and Canal Capital Corporation, to foreign private issuers such as Club Méditerranée S.A., Scitex and Nova Measuring Instruments.
He also has in-depth experience in representing companies in transactions in a chapter 11 bankruptcy context such as, among others, the sale by L.J. Hooker of the Bonwit Teller store chain; the sale by Vestron, Inc. of a motion picture and video distribution company in a prepackaged chapter 11 filing; the acquisition by Delaware North Companies, Inc. of several Mississippi stern-wheeler luxury cruise vessels (including the historic landmark, The Mississippi Queen); the acquisition of multiple retail store locations by The Dress Barn, Inc.; the acquisition by Mauser-Werke of the assets and business of Russell-Stanley Corporation, a manufacturer and refurbisher of industrial bulk containers; and the acquisition by Belron US of Diamond Glass, an autoglass company with multiple locations.
Steve acts as outside general counsel to many of his clients and has advised in numerous day-to-day legal, strategic and business issues covering a full range of general corporate activities.
For many years, Steve served on the boards of directors of Lawyers Alliance of New York, a not-for-profit organization that provides pro bono legal assistance, and the Summit Music Festival, a not-for-profit arts festival in Westchester County, New York. He also chaired a Practising Law Institute course on negotiating commercial transactions and has been a member of committees of the New York City Bar Association.