Stephen M. Leitzell


Stephen M. Leitzell


Philadelphia | Cira Centre, 2929 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States of America 19104-2808
+1 215 994 2621 | +1 215 994 2222


Stephen M. Leitzell advises clients on domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, financings and public company reporting and governance issues. His clients are varied, including public and privately-held corporations, private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies. He also has experience across a wide range of industries, most significantly in the health care and technology sectors.

In addition, Mr. Leitzell advises clients in complying with their disclosure and other obligations under the federal securities laws.

Mr. Leitzell was selected as one of the finalists for the 2012 40 Under 40 Central M&A Advisor Recognition Awards. He is listed as a "Highly regarded" lawyer for M&A in the IFLR1000 and has also been recognized for capital markets: high yield debt offerings and for M&A in legal directory The Legal 500 (U.S.), which noted that he “gives very consistent and capable help.”

In 2014, Mr. Leitzell was part of the Dechert team that received “Standout” recognition in the Financial Times’ North America Innovative Lawyers 2014 awards. The team was recognized for its innovative representation of the Certares-led investor group in its joint venture with American Express Company for its Global Business Travel division valued at US$1.8 billion and related US$900 million investment.

Mr. Leitzell also serves as co-hiring partner for the firm's Philadelphia office.

  • University of Pennsylvania, B.A., 1996
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 1999
  • Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • MWI Veterinary Supply, Inc. in its US$2.5 billion sale to AmerisourceBergen Corporation. Mr. Leitzell also represented MWI in its US$73.6 million initial public offering, subsequent secondary offerings, US$47 million acquisition of UK-based Centaur Services Limited, US$60 million purchase of the assets of Micro Beef Technologies, Ltd. and US$67.5 million purchase of the assets of IVESCO Holdings LLC.
  • The Certares-formed investor group in connection with its joint venture with American Express Company for its Global Business Travel division and related US$900 million investment, which was named Private Equity Deal of the Year by IFLR Americas and Cross-Border M&A Deal of the Year by M&A Advisor.
  • Select Medical Corporation in its: US$1.055 billion acquisition (as part of a joint venture with Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe) of Concentra, Inc. from Humana Inc.; offering of US$600 million 6.375% senior notes and US$110 million of additional senior notes; US$300 million initial public offering; US$2.3 billion leveraged buyout by Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe; US$1.15 billion senior secured credit facility; US$210 million purchase of Regency Hospital Company, L.L.C.; and several other M&A transactions, financings and investments.
  • B&G Foods, Inc. in its: US$765 million acquisition of the Jolly Green Giant and Le Sueur brands; US$195 million acquisition of Robert’s American Gourmet Food, LLC dba Pirate Brands, maker of Pirate’s Booty; US$155 million acquisition of Specialty Brands of America, Inc.; and its acquisition of Rickland Orchards LLC.
  • Randstad Holding nv in its US$770 million cross-border acquisition via tender offer of U.S.-based SFN Group, Inc.
  • Versa Capital Management in its acquisition of Eastern Mountain Sports.
  • Actua Corporation, formerly known as ICG Group, Inc., on the US$375 million sale of Procurian, Inc. to Accenture plc, the US$125 million sale of Channel Intelligence to Google, Inc. and its US$199 million purchase of FolioDynamix.
  • Berwind Group in its acquisition of Oliver Products Company, which was awarded “2012 Deal of the Year Award” (Between US$250mm and US$500mm) by The M&A Advisor.
  • The Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Westway Group, Inc. in the US$419 million sale of Westway to EQT Infrastructure II Limited Partnership and the US$112 million sale of Westway’s liquid feed supplement business to ED&F Man Holdings Limited.
  • Kinray, Inc. in its US$1.3 billion sale to Cardinal Health.
  • American Sporting Goods Corporation in its US$145 million sale to Brown Shoe Company, Inc.
  • US Ecology, Inc. in its US$96.5 million follow-on public offering of common stock.
  • One Equity Partners in its US$465 million acquisition, along with Carlson Companies, of France-based Accor’s 50-percent interest in Carlson Wagonlit Travel.
  • Carlson Wagonlit Travel in its acquisition of Israel-based Worldmate, Inc.
  • Worldspan, L.P. and its selling stockholders, Citigroup Venture Capital Equity Partners, L.P. and Ontario Teachers Pension Plan, in its US$1.4 billion sale to an affiliate of Travelport Ltd., as well as its previous self tender and simultaneous offering under Rule 144A of US$300 million of second lien, senior secured floating rate notes.
  • Emtec, Inc. in its numerous acquisitions, financings and joint ventures.
Speaking Engagements
  • The JOBS Act and Impact on the Middle Market — A Presentation to the Taiwanese Delegation, New York, NY (June 13, 2012)