Steven M. Haas



  • Richmond
  • Richmond

Steven's practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate law and corporate governance.

Steven represents clients on mergers and acquisitions, securities laws and corporate governance matters. He has advised numerous companies, special committees and controlling shareholders in connection with various going-private and third-party change of control transactions involving strategic and financial buyers. He regularly counsels publicly traded corporations, privately-held businesses and boards of directors with respect to corporate governance issues and fiduciary duty litigation.

Steven is the co-editor of the leading, two-volume treatise Corporate Governance: Law and Practice (LexisNexis). He is also the author of two chapters on stockholder rights and director duties in that treatise. In addition, he has authored over thirty articles that have appeared in legal and business publications such as The M&A Lawyer, Deal Lawyers, The Corporate Counselor, Delaware Law Review, Securities Litigation Report, and Wall Street Lawyer, among others.

Steven has represented clients in M&A transactions that have been awarded M&A Atlas Awards for Consumer Goods and Services Deal of the Year (2010), North American Deal of the Year (2011 deal range $1 to $5 billion) and North American Corporate Deal of the Year - Middle Markets (2011).

Steven is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Richmond School of Law, where he teaches Mergers & Acquisitions. He also chairs the ABA Corporate Governance Subcommittee on "Current Developments and Emerging Issues." Prior to joining Hunton & Williams, Steven was a senior associate at Abrams & Laster LLP, a corporate law and litigation boutique in Wilmington, Delaware.

Relevant Experience

  • Represented CapLease, Inc. in its $2.2 billion sale to American Realty Capital Properties, Inc. and related "go shop" sale process.
  • Represented the special committee of an NYSE-listed company in an $8.6 billion stock-for-stock transaction.
  • Represented a Fortune 500 company in its $600 million acquisition of an innovative restaurant business from a private equity sponsor.
  • Represented an NYSE-listed public utility in its $30 billion modified merger-of-equals to create the country's largest regulated utility. 
  • Advised a private equity firm and its portfolio company in the $560 million acquisition of a NASDAQ company.
  • Advised a NASDAQ company and its special committee in an all-cash sale to a foreign acquiror. 
  • Represented a Fortune 100 company in its $500 million all-cash tender offer to acquire a NASDAQ company. 
  • Represented a controlling stockholder in a $1.2 billion sale of a controlled public company to a pharmaceutical company.
  • Represented an auto-finance company in its $3.5 billion all-cash sale to a leading automobile manufacturer.
  • Represented a Fortune 50 company in its $11.7 billion acquisition of public consumer products company. 
  • Represented a target company board of directors in a merger involving a "go-shop" provision leading to a favorable reported decision in the Delaware Court of Chancery. 
  • Assisted in the representation of an NYSE-listed company in its $1.25 billion stock-for-stock merger with a NASDAQ-listed company. 
  • Assisted in the representation of an NYSE-listed company in its successful defense to an unsolicited hostile tender offer and consent solicitation.
  • Assisted in the representation of the former directors and officers of an insurance company leading to first-impression decisions in the Delaware Supreme Court and Delaware Court of Chancery rejecting the doctrine of "deepening insolvency" as a theory of director liability. 
  • Represented a private equity fund in a transaction dispute resulting in a landmark decision by the Delaware Court of Chancery in ABRY Partners V, L.P. v. F&W Acquisition, LLC.
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