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OVERVIEW

Stephen A. Opler
Partner

Atlanta

3475 Piedmont Road N.E.
Suite 1700
Atlanta, GA 30305-3327

P 404-264-4059

F 404-264-4033

OVERVIEW

Stephen A. Opler
Partner

Atlanta

3475 Piedmont Road N.E.
Suite 1700
Atlanta, GA 30305-3327

P 404-264-4059

F 404-264-4033

Stephen Opler concentrates his practice on the distinctive characteristics of liquidity transactions by and with entrepreneurs. Stephen helps private equity funds, strategic acquirers and entrepreneurial buyers and sellers achieve their goals by leveraging his three decades as an M&A lawyer, entrepreneur, business founder, investment banker, in-house lawyer and CPA.

OVERVIEW

Stephen Opler concentrates his practice on the distinctive characteristics of liquidity transactions by and with entrepreneurs. Stephen helps private equity funds, strategic acquirers and entrepreneurial buyers and sellers achieve their goals by leveraging his three decades as an M&A lawyer, entrepreneur, business founder, investment banker, in-house lawyer and CPA.

Buying or selling entrepreneur-owned businesses requires a unique focus on the many ways these transactions and the post-closing relationships often fail, including cultural integration, performance incentives and metrics, joint ownership and minority owner rights and responsibilities. Stephen has demonstrated time and again that he is able to navigate clients through even the most difficult circumstances to realize their tangible commercial objectives.

Stephen counsels public and private companies and private equity and debt firms in mergers and acquisitions. He represents clients in the broadcast television, manufacturing, consumer products, retail, business services and financial services industries.

Creativity and novel approaches to problem-solving infuse everything Stephen does. A devoted and whatever-it-takes service provider, Stephen views every matter through an acute business lens when seeking to provide innovative, yet practical, solutions that fit the needs of his broad clientele. Stephen’s ability to formulate multiple solutions to any given problem is indicative of his perseverance in achieving his client’s business objectives, while putting the business concerns first and using the law as a tool, rather than vice versa.

An effective negotiator, Stephen’s seemingly innate ability to read people and identify their motivation in any given situation is indicative of his emotional intelligence. Moreover, Stephen remains diligently focused on ensuring each transaction aligns with his client’s financial and operational goals, while finding mutually beneficial solutions to even the most divergent positions and seemingly insurmountable obstacles.

Stephen does not lose sight of his client’s objectives and maintains productive communication while steadfastly advocating for his clients. A collaborator and bridge builder, Stephen is appreciated by clients, colleagues and deal constituents alike for being a personable, active listener whose focus is on efficiency and forward momentum.

Professional and Community Involvement

Vice president, Second Helpings Atlanta

President, Wildwood Civic Association, 2018 to present

Advisory board member, Kate’s Club

Founding director, TechBridge, Inc.

Former board member, Southeast Region Anti-Defamation League

Former board member, Hands on Atlanta

Former board member, Jewish Family and Career Services

Former board member, The Commerce Club

Former board member, The Temple

Honors

Chambers USA, corporate/M&A law

Georgia Super Lawyers, 2004-2006, 2010-2012, 2015-2019

Georgia Trend Magazine, The Legal Elite: Georgia’s Most Effective Lawyers

Third place, Atlanta’s Funniest Lawyer stand-up comedy competition

Experience

Recent transactions Stephen has led include the:

  • Management buy-out of a laser equipment and services company with operations in the US, Germany and the Netherlands
  • Private placement of Preferred Stock for a growth consumer products company headquartered in California
  • Bid preparation for the potential buyer in a $600 million broadcast television industry acquisition
  • Sale of a California-based aerospace staffing company to an international buyer
  • Sale of a healthcare staffing business to a public company as the basis for the buyer’s Chapter 11 plan
  • Sale of a minority interest in a Philadelphia-based consumer products retailer by a consortium of West Coast-based private equity investors
  • Represented a mezzanine debt fund in a loan to a Florida-based consumer products and services retailer
  • Acquisition of two privately owned Colorado waste haulers for a Midwest-based private equity client
  • Sale of an international apparel manufacturer for its founder, CEO and owner
  • Sale to a private equity buyer of a fixed-wing air ambulance company for its founder, owner and CEO
  • Sale of a founder led business services innovator to a Fortune 150 buyer

Stephen formerly served on the advisory board of the oldest continuously owned apparel manufacturer in the United States.

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