Steven Della Rocca


Steven Della Rocca retired from partnership on June 30, 2010.  Mr. Della Rocca served in a variety of management roles in the firm, including, among others, as chairman of the Corporate Department in the New York office from 1991-2001 and as a member of the firm's Executive Committee from 2002 to 2005.  Mr. Della Rocca has broad experience in corporate acquisitions and dispositions, including public and private acquisitions and divestitures for private equity funds, strategic acquirers and others.  Mr. Della Rocca represented companies in general corporate and securities matters, including complex corporate governance matters, issues under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, executive compensation and general corporate law matters.  Mr. Della Rocca also has broad experience in corporate finance matters, having represented issuers and underwriters in public and private high yield and equity offerings in a broad array of industries, as well as in debt exchange offers, consent solicitations and restructurings and reorganizations, and having represented borrowers and lenders in loan and financing transactions.

Mr. Della Rocca's transactions included representing AB Volvo in its acquisition of the road development division of Ingersoll-Rand Limited; LS Power in its acquisition of six gas-fired generation facilities from Mirant and the subsequent sale of several of those generations facilities by LS Power; Four M Holdings/US Corrugated in its acquisition of the corrugated cardboard operations of Lin Pac; JP Morgan Partners in its acquisition of CareMore Medical Enterprises; The Bear Stearns Companies Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary, CalBear Energy LP in the establishment of its energy marketing and trading venture with Calpine Corporation; the acquisition by Goldman Sachs of NEGT, Cogentrix and East Coast Power (Linden cogeneration facility); the acquisition of TXU Australia by Singapore Power; Goldman Sachs' bid to acquire Eco Electrica; the proxy contest and resulting auction process for the sale of Beverly Enterprises; MGM's bid to acquire Vivendi; the acquisition by Quebecor World of the Retail Printing Company; the acquisition by Moore Corporation of The Nielsen Group; the acquisition by Corporate Express of U.S. Office Products (out of bankruptcy); the acquisition by TransDigm of Champion Aerospace from Federal Mogul; and the acquisition by Duane Reade of RockBottom Stores.  He also represented World Color Press (which itself was acquired by Quebecor in 1999) in approximately 35 acquisitions between 1993 and 1999.  In addition, Mr. Della Rocca has represented private equity funds in some of the largest leveraged buyouts, including, among others, JP Morgan Partners, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., DLJ Merchant Banking Partners, Odyssey Investment Partners, Merrill Lynch Capital Partners, Stonington Partners, Leonard Green Partners, Southfield Capital, Arena Capital Investment Fund, Harrison Street Partners, Halyard Capital, Hampshire Equity and Pegasus Venture Capital.

Mr. Della Rocca represented several public and private companies in mergers and acquisitions, financings and general corporate and securities matters on an ongoing basis, including, among others, AutoZone, Pike Electric, Visant, Books-A-Million and Anderson News Corp.



  • Education
    • JD, New York University School of Law, 1980
    • BS, University of Pennsylvania, 1977
      cum laude
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