Corporate and Transactional Law

Satterlee Stephens LLP has a rich history of assisting domestic and foreign clients in achieving both their day-to-day and long-term corporate strategic goals.

  • Banking: The banking practice provides a full range of legal services for domestic and foreign borrowers, lenders, and trustees in New York, New Jersey and other states, ranging from credit document preparation and review to all facets of federal and state regulatory work.
  • Commercial lending: Our law firm represents the rights of corporations during commercial lending transactions and litigation should disputes arise.
  • Corporate finance and securities: We represent a wide assortment of industries regarding banking, public finance, natural resources and energy, equipment leasing and investment funding.
  • Corporate governance and counseling: Our attorneys advise corporations on the steps to take regarding day-to-day operations that will keep businesses away from costly and unnecessary litigation.
  • Mergers and acquisitions: The Firm has assisted a large number of public and private corporations in planning for and executing strategic reorganization programs through a series of transactions which include corporate acquisitions (stock and asset), mergers (reverse, shadow and their permutations), reorganization through the recapitalization and reclassification of both debt and equity, corporate spin-offs and asset dispositions. We have advised parties in transactions ranging in size from under $1 million to over $1 billion and involving a wide variety of businesses.
  • Public finance: We have represented virtually every sector of the public finance market, including tax exempt and taxable financing entities.
  • Real estate: Our lawyers understand every aspect of real estate, tax, banking, corporate and bankruptcy law, and can resolve such matters effectively.
  • Sports law: We have represented national sports leagues, teams, broadcasters, publications and promoters regarding sports-related issues.

Andrew R. Shapiro

Andrew Shapiro is of Counsel to Satterlee Stephens LLP. 

Mr. Shapiro has nearly a decade of experience in corporate and commercial law, securities law, compliance and corporate finance. He represents issuers, investment banks, sponsors and investors in public and private equity and debt offerings, often in the context of cross-border transactions, refinancings and restructurings. He also represents public and private companies in connection with commercial contracts, acquisitions and sales, strategic partnerships and ongoing compliance under the securities laws.

Michael J. Kearney, Jr.

Michael Kearney is of Counsel to Satterlee Stephens LLP and practices tax law with a focus on transactional tax matters. 

Mr. Kearney advises on the tax aspects of domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, debt financings and financial restructuring involving corporations, partnerships and LLCs.  He counsels clients on matters involving controlled foreign corporations (CFCs), passive foreign investment companies (PFICs), effectively connected income (ECI), unrelated business taxable income (UBTI), and income tax treaties.

Rina R. Patel

Rina R. Patel is an associate at Satterlee Stephens LLP.

Her practice primarily focuses on corporate and finance transactions.  Prior to joining the firm, she worked in the bankruptcy department at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP and in media, as an in-house attorney, at WNET New York Public Media.

Previously, Ms. Patel was an associate in the global finance group at Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP and the banking & finance group at Nixon Peabody LLP. She started as an associate in the litigation/arbitration group of Nixon Peabody LLP after graduating from law school.

Elishama (Eli) A. Rudolph

Eli A. Rudolph is an associate at Satterlee Stephens LLP.

His practice focuses on commercial, securities, finance and corporate transactions. Prior to joining the firm, he worked as an associate at Sierchio & Partners, LLP.

Previously, Mr. Rudolph was an associate in the corporate finance and securities department of Bryan Cave LLP.

Mr. Rudolph is admitted to practice in the State of New York.

Joseph L. Sierchio

Joseph Sierchio is a partner of Satterlee Stephens LLP.

Mr. Sierchio counsels and advises public and private companies, foreign and domestic, partnerships, private equity funds, family offices and individual investors and entrepreneurs, in a broad range of transactional and securities laws matters, including complex financing transactions (public and private), listings on various stock exchanges, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, corporate governance and regulatory compliance.

Mr. Sierchio serves as a director of a number of public and private corporations.

Michael D. Baird

Michael Baird is an associate at Satterlee Stephens LLP. 

He concentrates his practice in the areas of corporate, public finance and banking. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Baird was an associate in the corporate department at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York.

Mr. Baird is admitted to practice in New York.

Mr. Baird earned his undergraduate degree (A.B.) from Princeton University, his master of business administration (M.B.A.) from Villanova University, and his law degree (J.D.) from Columbia University School of Law, where he was a James Kent Scholar.

Sally R. Semonite

Sally R. Semonite is of Counsel to Satterlee Stephens LLP. 

Ms. Semonite’s practice is concentrated primarily with all aspects of real estate transactions and commercial finance.

Ms. Semonite is admitted to practice in New York State and the United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

William R. Ziegler

William R. Ziegler is of Counsel to Satterlee Stephens LLP. 

He has practiced corporate, banking and securities law since 1968.  Mr. Ziegler holds directorships in several corporations, including Grey Wolf, Inc., Geokinetics Inc., Flotek Industries, Inc. Somerset Production Co., Vesta Corp. and La Crosse Milling Company.  He specializes in financial, transactional and regulatory matters, including mergers, acquisitions and dispositions, commercial and industrial financing transactions, workouts and debt restructurings, and securities offerings. 

H. Gerard Seitz

Howard G. Seitz is of Counsel to Satterlee Stephens LLP. 

Mr. Seitz has practiced in the field of business and commercial law, principally dealing with privately held companies and the people who control them, and this has led him into also working in the trusts and estates field.

Mr. Seitz is admitted to practice in New York and Florida and before the Federal Court in the Southern District of New York.  He is a member of the board of directors of various privately held companies, including companies in the fuel cell business, wire and cable industry and agriculture.

Marybeth Riordan

Marybeth Riordan is of Counsel to Satterlee Stephens LLP, practicing primarily in the areas of general corporate, business and securities law, with emphasis on transactional and regulatory matters.

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