Stuart H. Gelfond is a corporate partner resident in Fried Frank's New York office. He joined the Firm in 1986 and became a partner in 1993.
Mr. Gelfond concentrates his practice in corporate finance transactions, including representation of issuers and underwriters, in domestic and international high-yield, investment-grade and convertible debt offerings, acquisition financings, and initial public offerings. He has also been actively involved in corporate restructurings, including acting as lead counsel to ACA Capital Holdings and Sonic Automotive in their recent corporate reorganizations.
He also regularly represents clients in private equity and acquisition transactions. Mr. Gelfond has experience serving as counsel to corporations and broker-dealers on securities, corporate governance and other regulatory issues.
Mr. Gelfond has been a guest lecturer at New York University's Stern School of Business, New York Law School and elsewhere on debt covenants, MD&A and accounting, and financial due diligence matters, and speaks regularly on securities law and corporate governance topics for the Practicing Law Institute and the New York City Bar.
Mr. Gelfond is consistently recognized by Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business and by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business as a leading individual in Capital Markets: Debt & Equity (National). He is also consistently recognized by Legal 500 in Finance: Capital Markets: Equity Offerings - Advice to Managers and Finance: Capital Markets: High-Yield Debt Offerings - Advice to Managers.
Mr. Gelfond received his JD from New York University School of Law in 1986, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif and served as an articles editor of the Law Review. He received his BS, magna cum laude, with a concentration in finance and accounting from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1983. He is admitted to practice in New York.