Bar & Court Admissions
- State Bar of New York
New York University School of Law, JD and LLM (corporate law)
New York University, BS
Stephen Weiss is a partner in M&R’s Los Angeles office, where he specializes in mergers and acquisitions, corporate and securities law, and capital markets financing transactions.
With 50-plus years of corporate and securities law behind him, Stephen focuses on the capital markets, aviation, and cannabis industries. He currently represents Paulson Investment Company LLC in all of its private placement financings (primarily biotech and medical technology companies). Stephen also works on behalf of Hightimes Holding Corp. (listing on OTCQX), the owner of the legendary print and on-line magazine High Times along with the associated Cannabis Cup Festivals. His representation of this client certainly enhances M&R’s cannabis practice and ever-expanding footing in the booming marijuana industry.
Beyond these, Stephen represents clients in a wide variety of other sectors, including Fortune 1000 companies (both public and private), lending institutions, and major investment banks. He handles all forms of debt and equity financings, public offerings and private placements, merger and acquisition transactions, and secured lending and related financing deals.
Mergers & Acquisitions: Acted as lead counsel in over 200 merger and acquisition transactions in his career, including the following:
- Represented Greenwich Air Services, Inc. in connection with the acquisition of Batchelor Air, Inc., and three additional add-on acquisitions, including the $345M purchase by Greenwich Air Services of the jet engine overhaul services business of Aviall, Inc., and the $1.2 B dollar sale of Greenwich Air Services to General Electric Company;
- Represented Gulfstream Air, Inc., in connection with acquisitions and private financings;
- Represented Cardinal Wireline Services, Inc. in connection with its initial acquisition and three add-on acquisitions until its $110M sale to Superior Energy, Inc. (NYSE);
- Represented Fine Air, Inc., a Miami-based airline, in connection with acquisitions and joint ventures;
- Represented Wilcour Food Products, Inc. based in Los Angeles and the then-sole manufacturer of roast beef for Arby’s Food chain;
- Represented Gleason Corporation and its affiliate Technibilt Inc., one of the largest manufacturers of shopping carts;
- Represented DN Partners, LLC, a Chicago-based private equity fund in many of its acquisition transactions;
- Represent Boxlight Corporation (NASDAQ :BOXL), a leading provider of products and services to the educational industry, in all of its acquisition transactions;
- Represent Pride Media, Inc., a publication dedicated to the LGBT community, in all of its acquisition transactions;
- Represent Scion Capital LLC, an Atlanta-based private merchant bank, in its acquisition transactions; and
- Represent NSG Capital LLC, a Connecticut-based private merchant bank and family office, in all of its acquisition transactions.
Banking & Finance: Represented and currently represent investment banks and financial institutions, including:
Represent Paulson Investment Company LLC;
- Represented Fleet National Bank and its affiliate Fleet Credit Corporation in approximately ten separate financing transactions, until the bank was sold to Banc Boston;
- Represented Amev Capital Corp, a subsidiary of a Netherlands insurance company based in the U.S.;
- Represented Lehman Brothers in an IPO of H-Power, Inc.;
- Represented Cruttenden Roth, LLC (now Roth Capital) in over seven IPO’s; and
- Represented Burnham Securities, Inc. in financing transactions.
Initial Public Offerings: Represented Lehman Brothers, Inc., DH Blair & Co., and Cruttenden Roth LLC (now Roth Capital LLC), in connection with initial public offerings. Has also represented over 30 issuers of securities in IPOs, including;
- Greenwich Air Services Inc., then the worlds largest jet engine overhaul service company other than General Electric and Pratt & Whitney, in its $20M IPO and $150M follow on public offering;
- Top Jobs Plc, the UK’s leading online employment portal in its $20M IPO;
- GIT Mortgage Investors, a mortgage REIT in its IPO and follow-one public offering;
- Boxlight Corporation (NASDAQ: BOXL) in its $7M IPO;
- ZBB Energy, Inc. in its $20M IPO; and
- Hightimes Holding Corp. in its ongoing Regulation A+ IPO.