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Steve L. Camahort

Shearman & Sterling LLP

San Francisco, CA, USA

Steve Camahort is a partner in Shearman & Sterling's San Francisco office and a member of the Mergers & Acquisitions Group. Steve has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions and related corporate governance issues. He has worked for corporate clients, private equity funds, and financial advisors in negotiated and hostile transactions in the technology, health care, financial services, entertainment and media, consumer products, aerospace, real estate, and other industries.

Since 1999, Steve has advised principals in 34 transactions with an announced value of at least $1 billion, as well as numerous smaller transactions. Steve also has advised numerous investment banks in their capacity as financial advisor in M&A transactions.

Steve has been cited since 2002 in the Chambers Global Guide to The World's Leading Lawyers as well as since the inaugural edition of the Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Business Lawyers in 2003.  Since its inaugural edition in 2004, he has been cited for his M&A experience in Northern California Super Lawyers magazine, a joint venture of Law & Politics and San Francisco magazine. He also has been cited in Best Lawyers in America, The Legal Media Group Guide to the World's Leading M&A Lawyers, the PLC Cross-Border Mergers and Acquisitions Handbook, the PLC Which Lawyer? Yearbook and Who's Who Legal - California.

Prior to joining Shearman & Sterling, Steve was an M&A partner at O'Melveny & Myers LLP for almost four years; prior to that, Steve was an M&A partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati for five and a half years; prior to that, Steve spent two years as an M&A partner at Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison, and before that he practiced for seven and a half years with the San Francisco and New York offices of Shearman & Sterling.

Recent Experience Includes Representation of:
  • Strategic Committee of Silicon Storage in the proposed sale of Silicon Storage to an affiliate of private equity firm Prophet Equity and members of management (terminated) and in its subsequent sale to Microchip Technology Inc.
  • GXS Holdings, Inc. in its merger with Inovis International, Inc.
  • Symphony Technology Group in its acquisitions of MSC.Software Corporation, The Capital Markets Company, the Netik division of The Bank of New York Mellon and minority stakes in various companies. 
  • Vector Capital in its acquisitions of Aladdin Knowledge Systems Ltd, SafeNet, Printronix and Register.com
  • Francisco Partners in its acquisitions of FrontRange Limited, RedPrairie and Lynx Medical Systems
  • Catalyst Semiconductor in its sale to ON Semiconductor
  • Napster in its sale to Best Buy
  • Western Digital in its acquisition of Komag
  • Nokia Siemens Networks in its acquisition of Atrica
  • Agile Software in its sale to Oracle
  • Microsemi in its acquisition of PowerDSine Ltd.
  • SafeNet in its acquisition of Ingrian Networks
  • SanDisk in its acquisition of msystems Ltd.
  • Sirna Therapeutics in its sale to Merck
  • Vicuron Pharmaceuticals in its sale to Pfizer
  • Cotherix in its sale to Actelion Ltd.
  • Register.com in the sale of its Corporate Services Division to CSC Corporation
  • Intentia International AB in its merger with Lawson Software
  • Lions Gate Entertainment in its acquisition of a minority stake in, its unsolicited proposal to acquire, and its proxy contest to replace the board of directors of, Image Entertainment
  • Aquest Systems in its unsolicited proposal to acquire Asyst Technologies
  • Verigy Ltd. in its spin-off from Agilent Technologies
  • Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank Securities, Goldman Sachs, Qatalyst Partners, Thomas Weisel Partners, UBS and other investment banks in their role as financial advisor
University of California, Berkeley School of Law, J.D., 1989
Cornell University, M.S., Physics, 1986
University of California, Santa Barbara, B.S. Physics (with high honors), 1983

Bar Admission
California, New York

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