Stuart H. Gelfond is a corporate partner, resident in Fried Frank's New York office and Co-Head of the Firm's Capital Markets practice. 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. Mr. Gelfond has extensive experience serving as counsel to corporations and broker-dealers on securities, corporate governance and other regulatory issues. For over a decade, Mr. Gelfond has been actively involved in numerous offerings for business development companies and currently acts as issuer’s counsel for Goldman Sachs BDC and underwriters’ counsel for numerous BDCs. He regularly represents clients in private equity and acquisition transactions, and has been actively involved in corporate restructurings, including acting as lead counsel to ACA Capital Holdings and Sonic Automotive in their corporate reorganizations.
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 Practising Law Institute and the New York City Bar.
Mr. Gelfond is consistently recognized by Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business and Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business as a leading individual in Capital Markets: Debt & Equity (Nationwide). He has been recognized by Chambers USA in Capital Markets: REITs (Nationwide). He is consistently recognized by Legal 500 in Capital Markets: Equity Offerings, Capital Markets: Debt Offerings and Capital Markets: High-Yield Debt Offerings. He is additionally recognized in Capital Markets: Global Offerings.
Mr. Gelfond is President of the Board of Directors of Berkshire Hills Eisenberg Camp, a not-for-profit sleepaway camp for kids and senior citizens, which provides an outdoor, summer, educational and recreational experience for kids and adults of any means in a multi-generational setting.
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.