Corporate Governance

Financial Institutions

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Stevens & Lee is highly experienced in representing public companies, including financial institutions, gaming and commercial and industrial companies, in corporate governance and anti-takeover matters. We have been involved in many takeovers and attempted takeovers and have represented both acquirers and targets in bear-hug transactions, hostile tender offers, proxy contests and destabilization attempts which often precede a hostile takeover. Moreover, we have advised several clients on the very delicate and highly complex corporate governance issues that are presented when differences in strategic vision surface in the board room and threaten unity. Our experience in this area has given us valuable insight into the dynamic and sometimes competing interests of management, the Board of Directors, stockholders, the investment community at large and the financial and securities law regulatory authorities.

Advising clients – offerors and targets – in connection with unsolicited acquisition proposals, board destabilization attempts, proxy contests and other struggles for control of public companies demands lawyers with the experience and skill to meet the challenges created by today’s volatile corporate environment. Stevens & Lee lawyers advise clients on the implications of state anti-takeover statutes, shareholder rights plans, takeover defense tactics and election contests for corporate control. We also skillfully handle many other delicate corporate governance matters. Our public company clients are traded in the over-the-counter market and on NASDAQ and the New York Stock Exchange. We are well-versed in the requirements of each of those trading markets, including exchange corporate governance requirements for director independence and audit, nominating and compensation committees.

We advise clients on the implications of anti-takeover legislation and have implemented structural devices designed to retain decision-making processes in the board room. Particularly at annual meeting time, we also advise clients on proposals received from stockholders under SEC rules, the requirements of the institutional shareholder advisory services and on matters to be presented to shareholders, such as employee benefit plan design.

Steven J. Adams

Shareholder

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Reading: 610.478.2133

Jacob E. Ballarotto

Associate

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Princeton: 609.243.6438

Mark D. Bradshaw

Shareholder

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Harrisburg Market Square: 717.255.7357

Megan M. Christensen

Shareholder

mmc@stevenslee.com

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Princeton: 609.987.5330

Timothy F. Demers

Of Counsel

tfd@stevenslee.com

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Reading: 610.478.2167

Kenneth R. Dugan

Shareholder

krd@stevenslee.com

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Reading: 610.478.2163

Mark C. Franek

Associate

mcf@stevenslee.com

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Valley Forge: 610.205.6029

Sunjeet S. Gill

Shareholder

ssg@stevenslee.com

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Valley Forge: 610.205.6076

Philadelphia: 610.205.6076

Charles F. Harenza

Shareholder

cfh@stevenslee.com

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Reading: 610.478.2091

Craig A. Hirneisen

Associate

cah@stevenslee.com

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Reading: 610.478.2229

Edward C. Hogan

Shareholder

ech@stevenslee.com

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Princeton: 609.243.6434

Daniel B. Huyett

dbh@stevenslee.com

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Philadelphia: 215.751.1956

Reading: 610.478.2219

Wesley R. Kelso

Shareholder

wrk@stevenslee.com

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Lancaster: 610.478.2242

Christine M. Kovan

Counsel

cmk@stevenslee.com

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Valley Forge: 610.205.6038

E. David Krulewicz

Associate

edk@stevenslee.com

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Princeton: 609.243.6430

Thomas B. Lewis

Shareholder

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Princeton: 609.987.5335

James B. Longacre

Shareholder

jbl@stevenslee.com

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Reading: 610.478.2293

Lisa M. McElligott Miller

Shareholder

lmm@stevenslee.com

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Reading: 610.478.2192

Bradley L. Mitchell

Shareholder

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Princeton: 609.987.6680

New York: 646.254.6385

Edward C. Renenger

Shareholder

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Reading: 610.478.2238

Eric M. Robinson

Shareholder

emr@stevenslee.com

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New York: 212.537.0408

Frank C. Sabatino

Shareholder

fcs@stevenslee.com

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Philadelphia: 215.751.2884

Charles C. Scheim

Shareholder

ccs@stevenslee.com

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Reading: 610.478.2282

Paul H. Schieber

Shareholder

phs@stevenslee.com

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Valley Forge: 610.205.6040

Neil C. Schur

Shareholder

ncsc@stevenslee.com

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Philadelphia: 215.751.1944

Jonathan A. Scobie

Associate

jasc@stevenslee.com

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Princeton: 609.987.6656

David W. Swartz

Shareholder

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Reading: 610.478.2184

William P. Thornton, Jr.

Shareholder

wpt@stevenslee.com

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Philadelphia: 215.496.3820

Reading: 610.478.2020

Adam M. Zuidema

Associate

amz@stevenslee.com

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Reading: 610.478.2155

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