As a corporate finance lawyer for over 30 years, I have represented financial institutions and borrowers in financing all manner of projects and acquisitions. In addition, as one of the country’s leading experts on Native American Law, I have spent over 30 years in bringing Wall Street to Indian Country.
Steve represents institutions in commercial lending, debt securities issuance, tax-exempt lending, workouts, joint ventures, and general business matters. Throughout three decades, he has financed billions of dollars in mergers and acquisitions, project finance, real estate assets, ships, planes, casinos, and steel plants. Steve’s work has included securitizations, DIP financings, warehouse lending, indenture trustee representation, 144A offerings, and large-scale syndicated lending.
Widely recognized as one of the country’s leading authorities on Indian law, Steve also chairs the firm’s Native American practice group. He has been involved in many of the largest and most complex financings conducted by and for Native American tribes for casinos, hotels, energy projects, and public works and infrastructure, and also counsels financial institutions such as investment banks and hedge funds that are doing business with Indian interests.
Previously, Steve served as the Deputy Chief Liquidating Officer of Lehman Brothers Inc. at the height of the financial crisis, as the general counsel of the Oneida Indian Nation of New York and its Turning Stone Casino Resort, and as a professor of corporate law at St. John’s University School of Law. Before joining Carter Ledyard, Steve spent 10 years practicing law at Cravath, Swaine & Moore.