J. Dormer Stephen is an experienced attorney and partner at the law firm Shipman & Goodwin LLP in Hartford, Connecticut. He is the Co-Chair of his firm’s Business and Finance Practice Group and handles private equity, venture capital, mergers, debt transactions, acquisitions, and general corporate issues.
The Chambers USA named him in America’s Leading Lawyers: Corporate M&A during 2014-2018 and The Best Lawyers in America listed him among the best attorneys for Mergers and Acquisitions Law in 2018-2019.
He is a member of the Board of Directors of BioCT and New Haven Manufacturers Association as well as a Venture Advisor at the Accelerator for Biosciences in CT (ABCT).
He routinely represents Fortune 500 companies, private equity funds, emerging growth companies, and investment banks. He assists them with structuring and negotiations as well as involves in documenting seed through later stage equity and debt investments.
He is an expert at providing legal services such as roll-up strategies, mezzanine financings, intellectual property transactions, syndicated credit, mergers & acquisitions, workouts & financial restructurings, buyouts, joint ventures, etc.
Joseph Dormer Stephen III provides services to companies in a broad range of industries including media, financial services, telecommunications, insurance, software, and life sciences. He also represents public and private clients in the capacity of an outside general counsel.
He frequently counsels on strategic initiatives such as joint development projects, intellectual property licensing, joint ventures, and collaboration. He also handles commercial contract matters and other general corporate matters such as equity incentive plans, employment & severance matters, insurance matters, real estate matters, and corporate governance.
He is also a member of Shipman & Goodwin’s Opportunity Zones team and advises clients on different aspects of the Qualified Opportunity Zones program. Before joining his current law firm, he was a Partner in the Corporate Department of the law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP from 1998 to 2012.
Dormer Stephen attended Siena College and completed his B.S. magna cum laude in 1993. He went on to obtain his J.D. magna cum laude in 1996 from the Albany Law School. He earned the license to practice law in the state of Connecticut in the year 1996.
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