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Stephen M. Osborn

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Stephen is a versatile corporate attorney who draws on his in-house legal and business management experience to advise clients on transactional, corporate finance, and general corporate matters. He has particular experience with middle market mergers and acquisitions and regularly advises clients on exit strategies. Stephen represents public, private, and emerging growth companies in a variety of industries, including life sciences, technology, digital health, and retail and consumer products.

Prior to joining Mintz, Stephen co-founded a San Francisco-based boutique business law firm, where he guided companies of all sizes through complex business deals. Earlier, he was general counsel and vice president for business development of a venture-backed health and wellness software company and practiced at two international law firms. He also served as a law clerk and legislative director for commerce for former US Senator John Ensign (R-NV).

Stephen has completed the Investment Banking Institute’s financial modeling and business valuation course.

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From the Edge - In the Boardroom: Session 7 - Down Rounds

December 16, 2022 | Podcast | By Melanie Ruthrauff Levy, Stephen Osborn, Jeremy Glaser

In our seventh session, the team is joined by Jeremy Glaser, Co-chair of our Venture Capital & Emerging Companies Practice, to discuss what you need to know about down round financings – overview; perceptions, implications, and risks; and how a board can best prepare for a down round.
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From the Edge - In the Boardroom: Session 6 - Crises in the Boardroom

December 7, 2022 | Podcast | By Melanie Ruthrauff Levy, Stephen Osborn, Jason Vigna

In our sixth session, the team is joined by Jason Vigna, a Member in our Securities Litigation Practice, to discuss best practices for handling crises in the boardroom — including identifying, documenting, discussing, managing, and disclosing material risks.
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From the Edge - In the Boardroom: Special Edition - Lessons from Theranos

November 29, 2022 | Podcast | By Thomas R. Burton, III, Melanie Ruthrauff Levy, Stephen Osborn

With the conviction and 11-year sentence for former CEO Elizabeth Holmes, the team looks at the lessons to be learned from Theranos. The team discusses (1) the importance of open communication between board members and executives, (2) fostering a culture of compliance, and (3) tips for picking up on the early-warning signs.
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From the Edge - In the Boardroom: Session 5 - Employment Law

November 16, 2022 | Podcast | By Melanie Ruthrauff Levy, Stephen Osborn, Jennifer Rubin

In our fifth session, which focuses on employment law, the team is joined by Jen Rubin, a bicoastal Member in our Employment, Labor & Benefits Practice and Chair of our ESG Practice, to discuss best practices related to hiring an executive (hint: consensus is key), managing the executive at the board level, and how to (amicably) negotiate to terminate an executive.
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From the Edge - In the Boardroom: Session 4 - ESG in the Boardroom

September 28, 2022 | Podcast | By Thomas Burton, Melanie Ruthrauff Levy, Stephen Osborn

In our fourth session, “ESG in the Boardroom,” the team is joined by Kristyn Noeth, Of Counsel at Mintz, to discuss best practices related to and practical implementation of ESG concepts, as well as the impending Climate Disclosure Rule.
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From the Edge - In the Boardroom: Session 3 - Board Committees

September 21, 2022 | Podcast | By Thomas Burton, Melanie Ruthrauff Levy, Stephen Osborn

In our third session, “Board Committees,” the team discusses the various types of committees, the role or purpose of committees, committee composition, ESG as it relates to committees, and board committee trends.
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From the Edge - In the Boardroom: Session 2 - Running an Effective Board Meeting

September 14, 2022 | Podcast | By Thomas Burton, Melanie Ruthrauff Levy, Stephen Osborn

In our second session, “Running an Effective Board Meeting,” the team discusses key considerations for public and private companies in this critical area of governance.
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From the Edge - In the Boardroom: Session 1 - Board Basics

September 7, 2022 | Podcast | By Thomas Burton, Melanie Ruthrauff Levy, Stephen Osborn

Welcome to our new podcast series In the Boardroom: Practical Advice and Guidance, featuring insights from Mintz Members Steve Osborn, Melanie Levy, and Tom Burton on a wide variety of topics specific to boards. They’ll answer all of your questions related to the “who, what, when, where, and how” of boards.
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MintzTech Connect Industry News: Spotlight on Miyoko’s Creamery

December 10, 2021 | Article | By Stephen Osborn

This edition of MintzTech Connect covers the patentability of blockchain and cryptocurrency, SEC Rule 148, a Delaware Supreme Court ruling on the advance waiver of appraisal rights, and Miyoko’s Creamery.
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MintzTech Connect Industry News: Spotlight on Turing Enterprises

February 10, 2021 | Article | By Stephen Osborn

In this edition of MintzTech Connect, we feature Turing Enterprises, builders of an AI-based platform that is revolutionizing the way tech companies in Silicon Valley and beyond hire mission-critical talent.

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News & Press

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Mintz has appointed Members Gregory Fine and Matthew T. Simpson to co-lead the Private Equity practice alongside current chair, Kurt Steinkrauss. The change is effective immediately.
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As the pandemic and favorable market conditions drove record M&A and private equity dealmaking in 2021, Mintz’s Private Equity Practice handled a number of complex and impactful middle-market transactions for a growing number of private equity funds across the country spanning a variety of industries, including Charlesbank Capital Partners, DW Healthcare Partners, and Monomoy Capital Partners. In addition, the firm added several practitioners with extensive transactional knowledge to its deep bench to support private equity clients.
An article published by The American Lawyer highlighted the arrival of Joshua Fox in Boston and Stephen Osborn in San Francisco as Members in Mintz’s Corporate group.

The article noted that “Osborn and Fox are the latest hires in Mintz’s growing corporate practice, which also had two notable hires in March. The Boston-based firm is enjoying record revenue and profit highs after four straight years of growth.”
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Recognition & Awards

  • Northern California Super Lawyers, Mergers & Acquisitions (2018-2020)
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Involvement

  • Member, San Francisco Chapter, Association for Corporate Growth
  • Group leader and founder, Bay Area Mergers & Acquisitions Group, ProVisors
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Stephen M. Osborn

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