Stephen M. Pepper

Stephen M. Pepper

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Stephen M. Pepper advises clients on the antitrust aspects of mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures. He has wide-ranging experience with the antitrust pre-acquisition reporting requirements of the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Act, including HSR Act implications of complex transactions involving private equity firms and hedge funds. He frequently advises clients on global merger clearance strategy for international transactions, including the coordination of international merger control filings and clearance efforts.

Stephen has obtained antitrust clearance from the U.S. Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, and foreign merger control authorities for transactions in a variety of industries, including healthcare, telecom and media, engineering, electronics, software, semiconductor equipment, chemicals, retail stores, food and beverage, banking, publishing, and consulting.

Concentrations

  • Antitrust
  • Hart-Scott Rodino Act
  • Mergers and acquisitions
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Capabilities

Experience

  • Represented BioTelemetry on its acquisition of LifeWatch AG
  • Represented Bioreference Labs in its acquisition by OPKO Health.°
  • Represented Smith & Nephew in its acquisition of Arthrocare.°
  • Represented Shire plc in connection with its acquisition of Viropharma Inc.°
  • Represented Shire plc in connection with its proposed merger with AbbVie Inc.°
  • Represented PSA Healthcare in its merger with Epic Healthcare Services, Inc.
  • Represented Maidenform Brands in its acquisition by Hanesbrands.°
  • Represented H.J. Heinz in its acquisition by 3G Capital and Berkshire Hathaway.°
  • Represented ConAgra in its acquisition of Ralcorp.°
  • Represented Daikin Industries Ltd. in its acquisition of air conditioner manufacturer Goodman Global Inc.°
  • Represented VF Corporation in its acquisition of Timberland.°
  • Represented Tyson Foods in its acquisition of Hillshire Brands.°
  • Represented Sports Direct in acquisition of Bob’s Stores and Eastern Mountain Sports
  • Represented Jarden Corporation in its merger with Newell Rubbermaid
  • Represented Brentwood Associates in its sale of Allen Edmonds to Caleres, Inc.
  • Represented Comcast in its joint venture with NBCUniversal.°
  • Represented TracFone in acquisition of a Fortune 50 Retailer mobile business from T-Mobile.
  • Represented Ingram Micro in its acquisition of BrightPoint.°
  • Represented Micrel as target in acquisition by Microchip.°
  • Represented SS&C Technologies Holdings, Inc. in connection with its acquisition of Advent Software.°
  • Represented LGC Limited in acquisition of the business of API Food Quality, Inc.
  • Represented Palm in connection with its sale to Hewlett Packard.°
  • Represented Technip in its acquisition of Stone & Webster process technologies and associated oil and gas engineering capabilities from The Shaw Group.°
  • Represented Technip in its acquisition of Global Industries.°/li>
  • Represented PartnerRe in its proposed merger with AXIS Capital. This deal was aborted and an interloper, Exor S.A., acquired PartnerRe. Also advised in that acquisition where antitrust clearance was required in 20 jurisdictions.°
  • Represented Citigroup in its sale of its OneMain business to Springleaf.°
  • Represented PricewaterhouseCoopers in its acquisition of Booz & Company.°

°The above representations were handled by Mr. Pepper prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Member, Winning Team, M&A Advisor's Turnaround Awards, "Professional Services (B-To-B) Deal of the Year" and "Restructuring Community Impact Deal of the Year" for the Preferred Stock Investment in Roadrunner Transportation Systems, 2018

Credentials

Education
  • J.D., with highest honors, George Washington University Law School, 2000
    • Order of the Coif
    • Member, George Washington Law Review
  • B.A., magna cum laude, University of Maryland, 1996
Admissions
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York