Speakers / Authors:
C. Stephen Bigler
C. Stephen Bigler counsels corporations, officers, directors, board committees, stockholders and investors on matters involving the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware and related issues of fiduciary duty arising in a wide variety of transactional and operational contexts. Steve's practice also includes entity formation, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, defensive planning, capital-raising transactions and stockholder meetings. A member of the firm's Corporate Advisory and Governance Group, he also represents special committees in transactional matters and renders legal opinions on Delaware corporate law issues.
Mr Bigler was president of the firm from July 2008 to July 2011 and executive vice president from July 2006 to July 2008.
Active in the legal community, Steve was one of a group of venture capital lawyers who participated in the drafting of model financing documents for the National Venture Capital Association. Steve is a member of the American Bar Association Business Law Section Mergers and Acquisitions and Corporate Process and Documents Committees. He has participated in the drafting of a model merger agreement by the Public Companies Subcommittee of the Mergers and Acquisitions Committee, and in the drafting of a model certificate of incorporation, bylaws and preferred stock designation by the Corporate Process and Documents Committee.
Mr. Bigler also participated in the drafting of the Special Report of the TriBar Opinion Committee: Duly Authorized Opinions on Preferred Stock, and the Report of the Corporation Law Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York regarding the Enforceability and Effectiveness of Typical Shareholder Agreement Provisions. He has written numerous articles on aspects of Delaware corporate law appearing in The Business Lawyer, Insights and other legal publications, and is a frequent speaker regarding Delaware corporate law practice and developments.
Mr. Bigler received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1984, and his B.S., magna cum laude, from Washington and Lee University in 1981.
Stephen M. Kotran was is a partner at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP and is a member of the firm’s Managing Partners Committee, and is head of the firm's Insurance Mergers and Acquisitions practice. Mr. Kotran represents participants and financial advisors in connection with mergers and acquisitions transactions, including negotiated and hostile acquisitions of public companies, negotiated sales of private companies, subsidiaries and divisions, private equity transactions, leveraged buyouts, formation of joint ventures, and asset sales.
Mr. Kotran is a frequent speaker on mergers and acquisitions matters. He is a member of the Committee on Negotiated Acquisitions and the Committee on Federal Regulation of Securities of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association and of the Special Committee on Mergers, Acquisitions & Corporate Control Contests of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. Mr. Kotran has been recognized as a leading mergers and acquisitions lawyer in Chambers USA – America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2007), The Best Lawyers in America (2008 - announced), New York Super Lawyers (2007), The Lawdragon 500 - Leading Lawyers in America (finalist, 2007), The Lawdragon 500 – Leading Dealmakers in America (2007) and The Lawdragon 500 – New Stars, New Worlds (2006) and as a leading insurance transactional lawyer in Chambers USA - America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2007).
Mr. Kotran’s mergers and acquisitions assignments have spanned a wide range of industries, with particular emphasis on insurance companies and other financial institutions and technology companies.
Mr. Kotran recieved his J.D. from University of Virginia Law School, Order of the Coif, in 1990 and his A.B. from Harvard University in 1985.
Kevin Miller is a partner in Alston & Bird's Corporate Transactions & Securities Group and the head of Alston & Bird's Financial Advisors Practice. The firm is regularly ranked by The American Lawyer and Corporate Control Alert among the leading counsel to investment banks acting as financial advisors, and over the last year, Alston & Bird has advised large and midsized financial advisors on over $40 billion of M&A transactions. Mr. Miller is also the co-head of Alston & Bird’s M&A Practice Quality Team.
Prior to joining the firm he served as the head of Credit Suisse First Boston’s Investment Banking Division’s legal group for the Americas. He is a frequent author and speaker on M&A topics, including recent legal and regulatory developments, fairness opinions, stapled finance and the role of investment bankers. Kevin is a member of the advisory boards of DealLawyers.com and the Deal Lawyers newsletter. He is also a frequent contributor to the DealLawyers.com Blog and PLI Securities Law Practice Center.
Mr. Miller received his J.D. from Rutgers University in 1990, his M.A. from the University of Michigan in 1985, and his A.B. from the University of Michigan in 1981. He is admitted to practice in New York.
Ms. Muller is a Managing Director at Houlihan Lokey, where she heads Financial Advisory Services for the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as the firm’s Technology Group. She is also a member of the firm’s Financial Advisory Services, Fairness, Solvency and Technical Standards Committees. She is responsible for business development and reviews financial opinions for the firm’s clients, including analyzing and valuing closely held and publicly traded businesses, securities and intangible assets for leveraged buyouts, M&A, and general corporate planning. Her clients typically are boards of directors, special committees and other fiduciaries and have included Google, Ciena Corp., Broadcom Corp., NVIDIA Corp., Brocade Communications, Flextronics International and VMware, Inc. She is based in the firm’s San Francisco office.
Ms. Muller speaks frequently at corporate and legal symposiums and seminars on corporate finance and valuation, and she provides commentary in various business publications. Before joining Houlihan Lokey, Ms. Muller was a senior consultant at both Tucker Alan and Peterson Consulting, where she performed litigation consulting services that included analyzing economic damages for trial purposes.
Ms. Muller graduated cum laude with a B.A. from Claremont McKenna College.