Stephen M. Kotran is a partner in the Mergers and Acquisitions and Financial Institutions Groups at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP and a member of the firm’s Managing Partners Committee. He represents buyers, sellers, special committees of independent directors and financial advisors in connection with mergers and acquisitions transactions, including negotiated and hostile acquisitions of public companies, negotiated sales of private companies, subsidiaries and divisions, private equity transactions, leveraged buy-outs, formation of joint ventures and asset sales. In recent transactions, his clients have included Acosta, Inc., ADP, Inc., Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays, China Oceanwide, Cytec Industries, Inc., Eastman Kodak Company, Evercore Partners, Goldman, Sachs & Co., ING Groep N.V., Ipsen, S.A., Orix, Inc., Platinum Underwriters Holdings, Ltd., Rothschild, Inc., Sprout Pharmaceuticals, Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd., Wells Fargo Securities LLC and Western World Insurance Group.
Mr. Kotran graduated from Harvard College (A.B., 1985) and the University of Virginia Law School (J.D., 1990) where he was an Editor of the Virginia Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif. From 1985-1986, Mr. Kotran served as a legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Daniel P. Moynihan (D-NY) and from 1990-1991 he served as a judicial clerk to the Hon. Edward R. Becker (U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit). He has been consistently recognized as a leading M&A, private equity and insurance transactional lawyer by many widely referenced legal guides, including The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers, IFLR, Lawdragon, New York Super Lawyers, PLC and The US Legal 500. Mr. Kotran is a frequent faculty member on M&A panels for the American Bar Association, the Practising Law Institute, the New York City Bar Association and various other professional organizations. He is a lecturer in Law at Columbia Law School where he teaches a course on M&A transactions and also has guest lectured at numerous other law schools including Fordham, NYU, Stanford, U.Penn and UVa. He is a former co-chair of the Financial Advisors Task Force of the M&A Committee of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association. He also serves on the M&A Advisory Board of the Practical Law Company.