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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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May 18, 2018

WilmerHale Counsels RunSafe Security in $2.4 Million Seed Funding

On May 16, RunSafe Security, Inc., creator of a patented cyberhardening process for vulnerable embedded systems and devices across critical infrastructure, announced the closing of a $2.4 million seed funding round led by Alsop Louie Partners, an early-stage, risk-oriented technology venture capital firm in San Francisco.

May 3, 2018

WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices Recognized in 2018 Edition of Chambers USA

Chambers and Partners announced its rankings for the 2018 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 95 WilmerHale lawyers as leaders in their respective fields.

April 9, 2018

WilmerHale Counsels DriveWealth in $21M Series B Funding

On April 3, 2018, DriveWealth Holdings, Inc., a company founded to democratize investing in the US stock market through a technology that modernizes and simplifies financial services, announced the closing of a $21 million Series B investment.

March 23, 2018

WilmerHale Counsels BNP Paribas in Leading $30 Million Funding Round

Digital Reasoning, a leading artificial intelligence company, announced it has raised $30 million in new funding. International bank BNP Paribas led the funding round and its Global Head of Strategic Investments has joined Digital Reasoning's Board of Directors.

March 22, 2018

Uniting Women in Cyber Podcast

WilmerHale Partner Stephanie Evans joins Ashley Larson from Revolution for Uniting Women in Cyber podcast. Ms. Evans discusses her work at the firm and shares what she will be talking about at the conference.

March 15, 2018

WilmerHale Represents Behavioral Biometrics Leader BioCatch in Closing $30M New Investment

BioCatch, a global leader in behavioral biometrics, announced that it has closed a $30 million financing round, cementing its growth plan and vision to redefine digital identity and enable renewed trust in online interactions.

March 9, 2018

WilmerHale Counsels Stash in $37.5M Series D Funding

Stash, the financial platform revolutionizing how millions of Americans invest and save, announced it has raised $37.5 million in Series D funding.

February 8, 2018

WilmerHale Represents Westmount Asset Management on Sale of Rosemont Stake to Temperance Partners

Westmount Asset Management, one of the oldest and largest independent investment firms in Los Angeles, has closed on the sale of Rosemont Investment Partners' stake in the firm to Temperance Partners.

December 5, 2017

TMX Group Announces Agreement with Intercontinental Exchange to Acquire Trayport and Sell NGX

On October 27, 2017, TMX Group Limited announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire London-based Trayport Holdings Limited, and its US-based affiliate, Trayport Inc.

November 30, 2017

WilmerHale Represents AM General in Commercial Plant Acquisition by SF Motors

WilmerHale client AM General has sold its commercial assembly plant in Mishawaka, Indiana to SF Motors, an electric vehicle clean mobility company.

Recent Highlights

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

Financial Services

  • The investment in DriveWealth Holdings, a company founded to democratize investing in the US stock market through a technology that modernizes and simplifies financial services, led by Raptor Group Holdings, SBI Holdings, Point72 Ventures and existing investors, including Route 66 Ventures
  • The investment by BNP Paribas in Digital Reasoning, a leading artificial intelligence company
  • The acquisition by TMX Group of Trayport, a leading provider of pre-trade energy solutions for traders, brokers and exchanges from Intercontinental Exchange
  • The acquisition of Earnest Inc., a leading financing technology and education finance company, and 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 investment in RunSafe Security, creator of a patented cyberhardening process for vulnerable embedded systems and devices across critical infrastructure, by Alsop Louie Partners, the Center for Innovative Technology and others
  • The investment in BioCatch, a global leader in behavioral biometrics, by Maverick Ventures, American Express Ventures, NexStar Partners, Kreos Capital, CreditEase, OurCrowd, JANVEST Capital and other existing investors
  • The sale of Prometric, a leading educational services company, by Educational Testing Service to Baring Private Equity Asia
  • The acquisition by CIRCOR, a leading provider of flow control solutions and other highly engineered products of Colfax Fluid Handling from Colfax Corporation
  • The sale of AM General's commercial assembly plant to SF Motors, an electric vehicle clean mobility company
  • The 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 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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