Stephanie Evans advises domestic and international clients on a wide range of corporate transactions, with a particular focus on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic alliances and financings. She regularly advises boards and special committees in connection with transactions and provides advice on governance and commercial transactions. Her clients include private and public companies in a variety of industries, including financial services, defense and technology. She is active with emerging growth companies throughout their development cycle (see more on Ms. Evans’ emerging growth company practice on She was previously Vice Chair of the Corporate Practice Group.

Professional Activities

Ms. Evans has been a guest speaker at universities and technology organizations on issues affecting startups and entrepreneurs, such as mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and financing options. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation and is a former board director of the STEM for Her Foundation.

Ms. Evans is a member of the American Bar Association (Business Law Section) and the DC Bar Association. Ms. Evans is also a member of the WilmerHale Asian Pacific American Affinity Group and the WilmerHale Diversity Committee. In addition, she is active with the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.


  • Financial Services

    • BNP Paribas, UBS and Wells Fargo in their investment in Nasdaq Private Market
    • State Street in its acquisition of CF Global Trading
    • Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation in its investment in Fnality
    • TMX Group in its strategic investment in VettaFi and in its acquisition of SigmaLogic, owner of LOGICLY
    • Instinet in its acquisition of the FIS® Execution Services business (formerly known as “Fox River”) from FIS
    • Miracle Mile Advisors in its combination with Karp Capital Management and investment by Corsair Capital
    • Private Ocean, a California-based fiduciary wealth management firm, in its sale to Wealthspire Advisors
    • Pure Financial Advisors, a financial planning and investment advisory firm, in its investment by Emigrant Partners and subsequent investment by Lee Equity Partners
    • SDC Capital Partner, a global investment firm specializing in digital infrastructure, in its investment in IQ Fiber and its transaction with Basalt Infrastructure Partners
    • LeveL ATS, a US equity dark pool trading venue for sell-side networks, in its merger with Luminex Trading & Analytics
    • Nomura Holdings, a global investment bank, in its acquisition of Greentech Capital Advisors
    • Silver Lane Advisors, a boutique financial services firm, in its sale to Raymond James Financial
    • Signature Family Wealth Advisors, a Virginia-based investment adviser, in its sale to Brown Advisory Group Holdings
    • AUTUS Asset Management, a firm that provides innovative portfolio management solutions, in its investment by Emigrant Partners
    • DriveWealth, a company founded to democratize investing in the US stock market through a technology that modernizes and simplifies financial services, in multiple financings
    • Robinhood in its acquisition of Say Technologies
    • Stash, a financial technology platform revolutionizing investment and financial literacy across the US, in multiple financings and its acquisition of PayGrade, an educational financial literacy platform
    • SoFi in its acquisition of Galileo Financial Technologies, a financial services API and payments platform
    • Securities exchanges and FINRA in connection with the SEC-mandated consolidated audit trail
    • TMC Bonds, a premier fixed income marketplace, in its sale to Intercontinental Exchange
    • BNP Paribas in its investment in Digital Reasoning, a leading artificial intelligence company
    • TMX Group, in its acquisition of Trayport, a leading provider of pre-trade energy solutions for traders, brokers and exchanges, from Intercontinental Exchange
    • Navient, a leading asset management and business processing services company, in its acquisitions of Go Merry, Earnest, Duncan Solutions, Xtend Healthcare and Gila
    • State Street in its sale of BlockCross ATS, an industry leading alternative trading system, to Instinet
    • FastMatch, a leading electronic communication network in the spot foreign exchange market, in its sale to Euronext
    • REDI Holdings, a leading execution management system provider, in its sale to Thomson Reuters
    • Route 66 Ventures in its investment in Motionsoft, a gym management software and billing solutions provider
    • Acacia Wealth Advisors, a boutique multi-family office in Los Angeles, in its sale to HighTower
    • GC Services, an accounts receivable management company, in its sale to financial sponsor Owner Resource Group
    • Barclays plc in its sale of its Wealth & Investment Management Americas business to Stifel Financial
    • Special committee of the board of directors of AcadiaSoft, a leading industry provider of margin automation for counterparties engaged in collateral management worldwide, in its capital raise involving BNP Paribas, Citi, Societe Generale, UBS, ICAP, DTCC and Euroclear
    • TransUnion in its investment in Drivers History, a leading provider of traffic violations and criminal court data for insurance risk management
    • Foldes Financial Management, a leading investment management service provider, in its sale to Evensky & Katz
    • Prudential Investments in its sale of the Wealth Management Solutions business to Envestnet
    • E*Trade in its sale of Kobren Insight Management, its investment advisory business, to Adviser Investments
  • Defense

    • AVIC International in its acquisition of Align Aerospace, a leading distributor of fasteners and other hardware for the aerospace industry
    • Booz Allen Hamilton in its acquisition of the software services unit of the Charleston, SC technology firm SPARC 
    • Booz Allen Hamilton in its acquisition of the healthcare unit of Genova Technologies
    • Booz Allen Hamilton in its acquisition of SDI Corporation
    • Booz Allen Hamilton in its acquisition of the Defense Systems Engineering & Support division of ARINC
    • Alcatel Lucent in the sale of LGS Innovations to Madison Dearborn and CoVant
    • ASRC Federal in its acquisition of Mission Solutions Engineering from CSC
    • BAE Systems Safety Products Inc. and Schroth Safety Products GmbH in their sale to Takata Corporation
    • BAE Systems in its acquisition of OASYS Technology
    • BAE Systems in its acquisition of Atlantic Marine
  • Technology & Other

    • Spectris plc, in its sale of Red Lion Controls
    • Spectris plc, the leading supplier of electronic control and precision instrumentation, in its acquisitions of Dytran Instruments and of Concurrent Real-Time
    • Spectris plc in its sale of Omega Engineering to Arcline Investment Management
    • Northpond Ventures in its investment in Sound Agriculture  
    • GiveCampus in its financing led by Silversmith Capital Partners
    • Immuta, a cloud data access and data security company, in its financings 
    • Cloud9 Technologies, a leader in integrated cloud-based communication solutions, in its sale to Symphony Communication Services
    • HawkEye 360, the leading global commercial provider of space-based radio frequency data and analytics, in multiple financings
    • Advisen, a provider of data, media and technology solutions for the commercial property and casualty insurance market, in its sale to Zywave
    • Federated Wireless, a leader in shared spectrum CBRS capabilities, in multiple financings  
    • Acutronic in its acquisition of The Perfect Parts Company, which includes Sullivan UV, the market leader in alternators, starter-generators and electronic control hardware for the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle market
    • Kindur, a financial technology company that provides retirement planning and investment services, in multiple financings
    • ExecOnline, a leading provider of elite online leadership development programs, in multiple financings 
    • Fortive Corporation in its acquisitions of Gordian, a provider of construction cost data, software and service; Industrial Scientific Corporation, a provider of portable gas detection equipment and safety-as-a-service provider; and ServiceChannel, a provider of SaaS-based multi-site facilities maintenance service solutions with an integrated service-provider network
    • RunSafe Security, creator of a patented cyberhardening process for vulnerable embedded systems and devices across critical infrastructure, in its financings
    • BioCatch, a global leader in behavioral biometrics, in multiple financings 
    • Educational Testing Service in multiple transactions, including its sale of Prometric, a leading educational services company, to Baring Private Equity Asia
    • CIRCOR, a leading provider of flow control solutions and other highly engineered products, in its acquisition of Colfax Fluid Handling from Colfax Corporation
    • Danaher Corporation in multiple acquisitions
    • AM General in a sale of assets to SF Motors, an electric vehicle clean mobility company
    • Lotame in its acquisition of AdMobius
    • TARGUSinfo in its sale to Neustar


  • Award Text

    Leading Lawyer for Corporate/M&A and Private Equity

    Chambers USA


  • Award Text

    Recognized as an Executive Trailblazer

    Diversity Journal, Women Worth Watching


  • Award Text

    Recommended for M&A/Corporate and Commercial

    The Legal 500 United States


  • Recognized as a Washington DC leader in the corporate/M&A and private equity fields in the 2009–2023 editions of Chambers USA Guide, with sources cited as saying she is a "very good-quality attorney," "a dynamic and strong lawyer," "tenacious and very good" and "is hard-working and collaborative, and has a good, common-sense approach"
  • Recommended in the 2016–2019 editions of The Legal 500 United States for her M&A/Corporate and Commercial: Middle-Market practice. Selected for inclusion in The Legal 500’s inaugural, 2023 and 2024 M&A Powerlist - USA Region
  • Recognized by Diversity Journal to its 13th annual list of Women Worth Watching, which honors executive trailblazers for their passion, potential and positive influence both inside and outside the workplace
  • Recognized in DCA Live’s inaugural list of the top Emerging Women Leaders in Law (Private Practice)

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  • Education

    • JD, George Washington University Law School, 1996

      with High Honors
    • BBA, Baylor University, 1993

      summa cum laude
  • Admissions

    • District of Columbia



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