Stephen Fraidin is a partner at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP. He represents major corporations and investment funds, special committees and boards of directors in connection with acquisitions, mergers, proxy contests, corporate governance engagements and other matters.
Listed among the ten Most Highly Regarded Individuals worldwide in The International Who's Who of Mergers Acquisitions Lawyers in 2013 and selected by Law360 as an MA MVP of the Year in 2013, Stephen is recognized annually by Chambers USA, Chambers Global, The Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers. Clients have asserted that his enthusiasm for the task and his encyclopedic command of the issues are terrific and described him as a superb deal-maker whether for private equity sources or public companies, and Chambers has described him as a seasoned and experienced transactional lawyer who is well respected in the MA community with a lot of gravitas, and lauded him for his profound experience of the market, calling him a brilliant lawyer who is praised for his confident supervision of multi-stranded transactions.
He has twice been the recipient of The American Lawyer's Dealmaker of the Year award: in 2012 for his work on behalf of Blum Capital Partners and Golden Gate Capital in their $2 billion acquisition, together with Wolverine World Wide, of Collective Brands and in 2010 for his work on behalf of 3G Capital in its acquisition, with Berkshire Hathaway, of Heinz, a transaction that was also recognized as a Deal of the Year by Investment Dealers' Digest, The Deal Magazine, MA Atlas and IFLR Americas. In 2012, Stephen was honored by Yale Law School with the Simeon E. Baldwin Award for his creativity and teaching skills. He has also been the recipient of the Joseph Proskauer Award and the Stephen E. Banner Award, from UJA-Federation of New York.
Stephen has been a visiting lecturer at Yale Law School since 1988 and is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the Harvard Law School Program on Corporate Governance; the Board of Advisors of New York University's Institute for Corporate Governance Finance; the Board of Advisors of the Institute for Law and Economics at the University of Pennsylvania Law School; the Board of Advisors of the Yale Law School Center for the Study of Corporate Law.
Stephen has been the author or co-author of a number of articles, including Special Committee Law (New York Law Journal, November 6, 2006); Shareholders at the Door, (New York Law Journal, November 8, 2004); Advice for Lawyers: Navigating the New Realm of Federal Regulation of Legal Ethics (University of Cincinnati Law Review, Volume 72, Winter 2003); Strategic Alliances and Corporate Control (Case Western Reserve Law Review, Summer 2003); and Toward Unlocking Lockups (Yale Law Journal, May 1994).
Stephen received his LL.B. from Yale Law School and A.B. from Tufts University. He is admitted to practice in the State of New York.