Stephen P. Hanson


  • Overview


    Stephen Hanson is a member of the firm's Business Transactions Group, and he focuses his practice in the areas of private equity, venture capital and emerging companies, and general corporate matters.

    Private Equity

    Steve routinely represents financial sponsors such as private equity, mezzanine debt (including Small Business Investment Companies), venture capital, and hedge funds; their respective portfolio companies, principals, sponsors, and investors; and other privately-held companies, with a focus on the middle market and lower middle market. He assists clients with domestic and cross-border merger and acquisition transactions, leveraged buyouts, joint ventures, and equity and debt financings. 

    Venture Capital and Emerging Companies

    Steve assists start-up and emerging companies across a range of industries with their business transactions, such as handling financing, structuring investments, and negotiating commercial agreements. He also represents venture capital funds and corporate venture investors in convertible note and equity financings.

    General Corporate

    Steve counsels business clients of all sizes on general corporate matters, including entity formation, corporate governance, and general commercial matters. He assists a variety of businesses, and he has particular experience advising clients in the retail and consumer goods, digital media, manufacturing, publishing, and food and beverage industries.

    Steve has more than 20 years of experience focusing on private equity, private mergers and acquisitions, and venture capital and emerging companies, including with O'Sullivan Graev & Karabell, LLP (and O'Melveny & Myers following their merger). More recently, he was a partner and the global co-chair of the Private Equity Practice Group at Dorsey & Whitney, LLP, and a partner with DLA Piper.

  • Experience
    • Experience


      • Representation of Graycliff Partners in connection with its acquisition of Harper-Love Adhesives Corporation, a manufacturer of adhesive additives used to bond corrugated boxes.
      • Representation of Baxters Food Group (UK) in connection with its acquisition of Wornick Foods, a supplier of convenience foods and military rations to institutional customers, including restaurant chains, consumer goods companies, and the US government.
      • Representation of Camuto Group in connection with its acquisition of the remaining shares of Bernard Chaus, Inc., a designer of women's career, casual sportswear and dresses.
      • Representation of Evonik Corporation in connection with its investment in Biosynthetic Technologies LLC, a developer and manufacturer bio-bases synthetic oils used primarily in the passenger car motor oil and industrial lubricant sectors.
      • Representation of Talon Innovations Corporation in connection with its acquisition of Vulcan Machine, Inc., a provider of custom machining for OEMs in the aerospace, packaging, and industrial markets.
      • Representation of West Coast-based microbrewery in connection with its Series A Preferred financing.
      • Representation West Coast-based private equity fund in connection with its sale of furniture and home product retailer.
      • Representation of special committee of a US national newspaper company in connection with its ongoing review of potential related party transactions.
      • Representation of Graycliff Partners, LP, in connection with the sale of Rutland Plastic Technologies, Inc., a manufacturer of plastisols used in screen printing inks and industrial applications, to The Riverside Company.

      • Representation of lead investor in connection with the Series A Preferred investment in an emerging company having proprietary technology for the delivery of streaming digital content over the Internet.
      • Representation of management team of national digital media new platform in connection with their rollover equity investments, incentive equity plans and employment agreements.
      • Representation of private equity fund principal of multi-billion dollar private equity fund in connection with the restructuring of his management and carry interests.
      • Represented international investment fund in debt and equity investment in underperforming synthetic oil producer.

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    • Community Involvement

      Community Involvement

      Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO)
    • Presentations


      "Mezzanine Lenders: Navigating an Insolvent Borrower," co-presented with Endicott Peabody IV (Kit) and Patrick M. Birney, as part of the Small Business Investor Alliance's (SBIA) Lunch & Learn Webinar Series. (11/4/2020)
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    • News

      R+C News Releases

      • November 29, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Recognized for Work on “Deals of the Year”

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      • July 2, 2014

        Robinson+Cole Wins ACG New York Champion’s Award

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      • June 5, 2014

        Robinson+Cole Finalist for the 4th Annual ACG New York Champion’s Award

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      • May 23, 2013

        Robinson & Cole Expands Rapidly Growing Private Equity/M&A Practice

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