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Stephanie C. Evans

Partner

Evans, Stephanie C.

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 WilmerHaleLaunch.com). She was previously Vice Chair of the Corporate Practice Group. Ms. Evans also worked as an associate in the Global Investment Banking Group of Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown.

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized as a Washington DC leader in the corporate/M&A and private equity fields in the 2009-2017 editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers in Business, with sources cited as saying she 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 and 2017 editions of The Legal 500 United States for her M&A/Corporate and Commercial: Middle-Market practice
  • 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

Publications & News

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August 4, 2017

WilmerHale Represents Fortive in Acquisition of Industrial Scientific Corporation

On July 27, 2017, Fortive Corporation (NYSE: FTV) announced that it signed a definitive agreement to acquire Industrial Scientific Corporation, a leading provider of portable gas detection equipment and a safety-as-a-service pioneer.

August 3, 2017

WilmerHale Represents Navient in Acquisition of Duncan Solutions

Navient, a leading asset management and business processing services company, announced the acquisition of Duncan Solutions, a transportation revenue management company serving municipalities and toll authorities.

August 1, 2017

WilmerHale Reps ExecOnline in Securing $16 Million Series B Investment

ExecOnline announced that it secured a $16 million Series B investment round. The round was led by NewSpring Growth Capital, NewSpring Capital's dedicated growth and expansion stage fund.

July 14, 2017

WilmerHale Represents Stash in Securing $40M in Series C Funding

Stash, a financial technology platform revolutionizing investment and financial literacy across the US, announced that it has raised $40 million in Series C funding.

June 27, 2017

WilmerHale Represents State Street in the Sale of its BlockCross ATS to Instinet

Longstanding client State Street is represented by a team led by Stephanie Evans that includes Livingston Miller, Mark Nylen, Byron Crowe, Nils Remole, Andre Owens, Jeremy Moorehouse, Michael Bevilacqua, Bill Caporizzo, Amy Null and Benjamin Kelsey.

June 9, 2017

The Legal 500 United States 2017 Recognizes 125 WilmerHale Lawyers Across 28 Practice Areas

The Legal 500 United States has released its 2017 rankings, recommending 125 WilmerHale lawyers—including 12 who are named to its elite “Leading Lawyers” list and two on its “Next Generation Lawyers” list—and 28 practice areas in its 11th edition.

June 2, 2017

WilmerHale Reps FastMatch in Euronext Acquisition

Euronext announced the acquisition of 90% of FastMatch, Inc. for $153 million initial cash consideration. FastMatch's management will remain invested with a 10% interest, with minority rights.

May 31, 2017

Preparing for Your Cross-Border Deal: Practice Tips for In-House Counsel

Stephanie Evans, Alyce Chen and co-author James Williams, general counsel and corporate secretary at Liquidity Services, describe critical steps for ensuring that a global transaction is a success in this article published in the June 2017 issue of ACC Docket, the Association of Corporate Counsel's monthly magazine.

May 26, 2017

WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices Recognized in 2017 Edition of Chambers USA

Chambers and Partners announced its rankings for the 2017 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, with WilmerHale listed among the nation's best in 50 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 86 WilmerHale lawyers as leaders in their respective fields.

April 28, 2017

2017 M&A Report

Our 2017 M&A Report provides a detailed global M&A market review and outlook. Other highlights include takeover defenses for public companies; key lessons for buyers and sellers considering earnouts; recent developments in merger control regulation; common interest privilege protection among deal parties; special considerations in California M&A deals; acquisition financial statement requirements for IPO companies; a comparison of deal terms in public and private acquisitions; and key terms and issues in sales of VC-backed companies.

Recent Highlights

Recent transactions in which Ms. Evans played a prominent role include: 

Financial Services

  • The acquisition of Duncan Solutions, a transportation revenue management company, by Navient, a leading asset management and business processing services company
  • The sale of State Street's BlockCross ATS, an industry leading alternative trading system, to Instinet
  • The sale of FastMatch, a leading electronic communication network in the spot foreign exchange market, to Euronext
  • The investment in Stash, a financial technology platform revolutionizing investment and financial literacy across the US, led by Coatue Management and existing investors Breyer Capital, Goodwater Capital and Valar Ventures
  • The sale of REDI Holdings, a leading execution management system provider, to Thomson Reuters
  • The investment by Route 66 Ventures in MotionSoft, a gym management software and billing solutions provider
  • The sale of Acacia Wealth Advisors, a boutique multi-family office in Los Angeles overseeing more than $500 million in assets, to HighTower
  • The sale of GC Services, an accounts receivable management company, to financial sponsor, Owner Resource Group, and management
  • The strategic investment and commercial arrangement of an international financing institution with Axis Trading Solutions 
  • The sale of Barclays PLC's Wealth & Investment Management Americas business to Stifel Financial
  • The acquisition by Asset Performance Group, a subsidiary of Navient Corporation, of the business of Xtend Healthcare, which provides health insurance claims billing and account resolution, as well as patient billing and customer service 
  • The acquisition by Asset Performance Group, a subsidiary of Navient Corporation, of the business of Gila LLC, which provides receivables management services and account processing solutions for states, courts, and municipalities
  • Representation of the 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
  • The investment by TransUnion in Drivers History, a leading provider of traffic violations and criminal court data for insurance risk management
  • The sale of Foldes Financial Management, a leading investment management service provider, to Evensky & Katz
  • The sale of the Wealth Management Solutions business of Prudential Investments to Envestnet
  • The sale by E*Trade of Kobren Insight Management, its investment advisory business

Defense

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

Technology & Other

  • The pending acquisition by Fortive Corporation of Industrial Scientific Corporation, a leading provider of portable gas detection equipment and safety-as-a-service provider
  • The investment in Stash, which has a leading investing and financial education technology platform, by Coatue Management and existing investors Breyer Capital, Goodwater Capital and Valar Ventures   
  • The investment in ExecOnline, a leading provider of elite online leadership development programs, by NewSpring Growth Capital and existing investors
  • The acquisition by Danaher Corporation of Phenomenex, a privately held manufacturer of consumables for the separation sciences
  • The representation of all the securities exchanges and FINRA in connection with the SEC-mandated consolidated audit trail
  • The acquisition by Fluke Corporation of eMaint Enterprises, a leader in computerized maintenance management software
  • The acquisition by Lotame of AdMobius
  • The sale of TARGUSinfo to Neustar
  • The acquisition by Smiths Interconnect, a division of global technology business Smiths Group, of Power Holdings from Bertram Growth Capital
  • The sale of Educational Testing Service's Scholarship & Recognition Programs business to International Scholarship and Tuition Services
  • The sale by Educational Testing Service of learning, assessment and professional development programs to Northwest Evaluation Association 
  • The acquisition by Educational Testing Service of Computer Assessments and Learning 

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. Ms. Evans has served as a legal mentor to women entrepreneurs as part of nonprofit accelerator Circular Board's office hours program.

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.

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Education

JD, with High Honors, George Washington University Law School, 1996

BBA, summa cum laude, Baylor University, 1993

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia

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