Mr. Stokdyk is cited as "highly knowledgeable and has a steady hand."

Chambers USA 2013

Steven B. Stokdyk

Los Angeles
  • 355 South Grand Avenue
  • Los Angeles, CA 90071-1560
  • USA

Steven B. Stokdyk is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Latham & Watkins where he is the global Co-chair of the firm's Public Company Representation Practice and former local Chair of the Corporate Department. Mr. Stokdyk has extensive corporate, finance and acquisition experience representing companies, principal investors and investment banks in a variety of industries, including technology, financial institutions, healthcare, gaming and REITs.

His experience includes:

  • Hostile and negotiated mergers
  • Initial public offerings
  • High-yield, convertible and secured debt offerings
  • Recapitalizations
  • Private equity and debt investments

He also regularly advises public and private clients on corporate governance and structure, securities law compliance and strategic transactions.

Mr. Stokdyk has extensive experience representing public and private companies in their most significant M&A transactions, as well as strategic defense, proxy contest and other corporate control matters. He also regularly represents leading investment banks as financial advisors in a wide variety of public company merger transactions. Recent transactions include:

  • On Assignment in its US$600 million acquisition of Apex Systems, US$210 million acquisition of Oxford Global Resources and US$50 million acquisition of Vista
  • URS Corporation in its US$1.3 billion acquisition of Flint Energy Resources, US$2.8 billion acquisition of Washington Group and US$336 million acquisition of Scott Wilson Group
  • Live Nation in its US$2.5 billion acquisition of Ticketmaster
  • Tutor-Saliba in its US$860 million merger with Perini Corporation
  • KB Home in its US$1.9 billion sale of Kaufman & Broad S.A.
  • MRV Communications in its US$140 million sale of Source Photonics
  • Oaktree Capital Management in its US$250 million investment in Diamond Foods
  • Goldman Sachs in the Pinnacle/Ameristar and Forestar/Credo mergers and the Longview Fibre and Dole Food Company going private transactions
  • Morgan Stanley in the Gen-Probe/Hologic merger and the recapitalization of Crown Media
  • Moelis in the Epicor/Activant merger
  • UBS in the ABB/Baldor acquisition and the Rovi/Gemstar-TV Guide and Genesco/Finish Line mergers
  • Keefe Bruyette in the First California/PacWest Bancorp merger

Mr. Stokdyk is a leading capital markets attorney with extensive experience representing issuers and investment banks in a wide variety of equity and debt offerings. Highlights of transactions include:

  • Over 25 initial public offerings, including, CKE, Pacific Coast Oil Trust, RealD, Grand Canyon University, Solera, AECOM, Dollar Financial Corp., Sunstone Hotel Investors, LECG, Corio, Pharsight, Palm, Expedia, Korn/Ferry International, UroSurge, Entertainment Properties Trust, BA Merchant Services, Western Wireless Corporation, Business Objects, Vastar Resources, Bufete Industrial and Spieker Properties
  • Equity and equity-linked offerings for Live Nation, Louisiana Pacific Corporation, Health Care Property Investors, Ameristar Casinos, Encore Capital Group and Chart Industries
  • Investment grade debt offerings for URS Corporation, National Semiconductor, Tenet Healthcare, Discover Financial Services, Santander Holdings, Costco Wholesale and Boise Cascade
  • High-yield debt offerings for Lawson Software, Cequel Communications, WireCo WorldGroup, Clearwater Paper, JDA Software, Millar Western, Motor City Casino, Yonkers Racing, Leslie’s Poolmart, WCA Waste and numerous other issuers