Steve Wolosky

Steve Wolosky

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Mergers & Acquisitions Attorney in New York, NY

Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP
 | 1325 Avenue of the Americas, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212-451-2333
Fax: 212-451-2222
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2007, 2009 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1981
Practice Areas:
  • Mergers & Acquisitions (50%),
  • Business/Corporate (50%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Hebrew
Attorney Profile

Activist & Equity Investment Practice Co-Chair Steve Wolosky is a nationally recognized corporate and securities lawyer who counsels clients in the areas of proxy contests and mergers and acquisitions. Steve has been ranked by Chambers USA as a “Leading Lawyer” in Corporate/M&A: Shareholder Activism category.  According to Chambers USA, Steve is “receives plaudits from across the market for his leading shareholder activism practice, which is utilized by leading investment partnerships and hedge funds in significant campaigns".

 

A pioneer in shareholder activism, Steve spearheaded Olshan’s Shareholder Activism Practice more than 25 years ago. Today, he is one of the leading lawyers in the country advising hedge funds and investment partnerships on activist situations in the United States and worldwide. Steve advises on some of the most high-profile activist campaigns year-in, year-out. Most notably, Steve led the representation of Starboard Value on its “historic” full board victory at Darden Restaurants; H. Partners on its successful, precedent setting withhold campaign at Tempur Sealy; Starboard Value in its successful settlement at Yahoo!; Elliott Management in its successful settlement at Alcoa, Inc.; Engaged Capital in its successful campaign at HeartWare International, Inc.; and George Feldenkreis, founder and former Executive Chairman of Perry Ellis International, Inc., in his nomination of directors and successful unsolicited acquisition of Perry Ellis. In international news-making cases, Steve represented foreign clients who successfully obtained board representation for the first time in both Japan, South Korea and Israel. Steve has led over 650 proxy contests for board representation in his career.

Olshan’s Shareholder Activism Practice led the way again in 2018 as the no. 1 ranked law firm advising in the area of Shareholder Activism. As the nation’s premier practice representing activist investors, Olshan advised on more than 100 activist campaigns in 2018. Olshan’s no. 1 ranking is highlighted in league tables and publications that cover shareholder activism, including the FactSet SharkRepellent League Table, Refinitiv Global Shareholder Activism Scorecard, Activist Insight Monthly and The Deal Activism League Table. In addition, the Legal 500 United States 2019 guide to leading law firms and attorneys has named Olshan’s Shareholder Activism Practice as a Top Tier 1 Leading Firm in M&A/corporate and commercial: Shareholder Activism - advice to shareholders. 

Steve advises clients in negotiating mergers and acquisitions and hostile takeovers of public companies. He has extensive experience representing public and private issuers of debt and equity securities, purchasers and sellers in mergers, stock and asset transactions, and investment funds in their formation, capital raising and investment transactions. Steve frequently counsels corporate clients in corporate planning and structuring activities, corporate governance matters, dealings with stock exchanges, and public company compliance matters.

Steve is regularly quoted as an industry expert in The Wall Street Journal, Reuters, The Deal, Law360, and in other notable media publications discussing important trends in shareholder activism. He also lectures at corporate and securities law conferences, and speaks on distinguished activist panels throughout the country.

Steve has been cited for his preeminence in shareholder activism and corporate and securities. According to Chambers USA, Steve is "the go-to guy, no question" when it comes to representing activists. Legal 500 US has recognized Steve as an elite Tier 1 "Leading Lawyer" in M&A/corporate and commercial: Shareholder Activism - advice to shareholders. In Best Lawyers in America, his clients are quoted as saying that "he possesses a deep understanding of both business and legal needs of the client.” In addition, he is Martindale-Hubbell AV ("Preeminent") rated by his peers and consistently named to the New York Super Lawyers list since 2006.

Steve received his J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and holds a B.A. from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York.

About Steve Wolosky

Admitted: 1981, New York

Professional Webpage: https://www.olshanlaw.com/attorneys-Steve-Wolosky.html

Honors/Awards:

  • Steve has been consistently selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the field of Securities/Capital Markets Law., Best Lawyer, 2019
  • Steve has been ranked as a "Leading Lawyer" Band 1 in Corporate/M&A: Shareholder Activism by Chambers USA,, Leading Lawyer - Band 1, Chambers USA, 2019
  • Steve has been recognized as a Tier 1 "Leading Lawyer" in The Legal 500 U.S. in M&A/Corporate and Commercial: Shareholder Activism - advice to shareholders., Tier 1 "Leading Lawyer" , The Legal 500 United States, 2019
  • Steve has been consistently selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the field of Securities/Capital Markets Law from 2013-2019, Best Lawyer, The Best Lawyers in America, 2018
  • Steve is Martindale-Hubbell AV ("Preeminent") rated by his peers, Martindale-Hubbell AV ("Preeminent") , Martindale-Hubbell , 2018
  • Steve has been recognized as a "Leading Lawyer" in The Legal 500 U.S. in M&A/corporate and commercial - Corporate Governance for 2018, "Leading Lawyer", The Legal 500 United States, 2018
  • Steve has been ranked as a "Leading Lawyer" in Corporate/M&A: Shareholder Activism by Chambers USA, for 2018, "Leading Lawyer" , Chambers USA, 2018
  • Steve has been ranked as a "Leading Lawyer" in Corporate/M&A: Shareholder Activism by Chambers USA, for 2017, "Leading Lawyer" , Chambers USA, 2017

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Chairman of the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation, 2019
  • New York State Bar Association
  • 1981, New York1981, U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York1981, U.S. Court of International Trade

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Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Olshan's Shareholder Activist Practice is widely recognized and is consistently ranked as the nation’s premier practice in representing activist investors in contested director elections and ranked as the No. 1 Legal Advisor to activist investors by FactSet SharkRepellent, Thomson Reuters and Activist Insight Monthly., 2018

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Educational Background:

  • B.A., Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, 1977

Industry Groups

  • Shareholder Activism
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Office Location for Steve Wolosky

1325 Avenue of the Americas
15th Floor
New York, NY 10019

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Last Updated: 10/18/2019

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