Steven W. Vazquez

Partner

Overview

Steven Vazquez is a corporate lawyer focusing on mergers & acquisitions, securities, information technology transactions, primarily within the Healthcare and Life Sciences and Innovative Technology sectors. He is best known for his ability to manage complex corporate finance deals for payors and providers across the healthcare industry. Clients share insight into Steven’s edge in mergers & acquisitions: “…he is a sophisticated lawyer… keeps the bigger picture in mind and has all the technical skills you need to be a good M&A lawyer.” Steven is chair of Foley & Lardner’s national Business Law practice and a member of the firm’s Transactional & Securities and Private Equity & Venture Capital practices.

Immersed in middle market deals, Steven counsels private equity groups as they buy and sell assets and advises public companies on securities matters. His experience includes representing issuers and underwriters in initial public offerings and follow-on offerings. With deep and practical knowledge of business and legal principals, public and private companies rely on Steven’s counsel as they undergo mergers and acquisitions. In addition to managing these transactions, clients call upon him to advise their boards of directors and special committees of independent directors on corporate governance matters, change in control issues, and anti-takeover strategies.

Based in the firm’s Tampa office, Steven is a former member of Foley & Lardner’s Management Committee.

Representative Experience

  • ComVest Investment Partners in its acquisition of publicly held NationsHealth, Inc., in a going private transaction.

  • Several leading managed care insurance companies in sales and acquisitions transactions ranging in value from for $1.2 billion to $250 million. 

  • Physician group in its $40 million sale of a majority interest to a private equity firm.

  • Telecom company its $600 million sale.

  • Information technology company in its $300 million acquisition of a banking software company. 

  • Publicly held Sykes Enterprises and FARO Technologies in several public offerings and strategic acquisitions. Blackstreet Capital in its acquisition of VanDyke Restorers.

  • Blackstreet portfolio company Western Capital Resources in the disposition of one of its divisions. 

  • Palm Beach Capital Partners in its acquisition and subsequent disposition of Unitrans. 

  • Palm Beach Capital Partners in its investment in Interstate Transport, Inc., one of the fastest growing logistics providers in the United States.

  • Special Committee of Select Medical, a publicly held long-term acute care provider, in its $2.3 billion leveraged buyout transaction. 

  • MedHOK in its $77.5 million growth equity investment from Bain Capital Ventures and Spectrum Equity. 

  • MDLIVE in its $23 million growth equity investment led by Heritage Group and its $50 million growth equity investment from Bedford Capital. 

  • Dental practice management company in its sale of a majority interest to a competitive local exchange carrier in a private equity firm.

  • MD Now Medical Centers, a leading provider of urgent care medical services, in its growth equity investment from Brockway Moran & Partners.

  • Leading global supplier of automotive systems in a $450 million public note offering and $250 million cash tender offer. 

  • Nationally based REIT in a $1.2 billion public offering.

Recognition

  • The Best Lawyers in America©
    • Securities/Capital Markets Law (2007-2022)Mergers & Acquisitions Law (2007-2022)
    •  Mergers & Acquisitions Law (2007-2022)
    • Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law (2013-2022)
    • Corporate Governance Law (2014-2022)
    • Venture Capital Law (2016-2022)
  • Best Lawyers®, "Lawyer of the Year" in Tampa
    • Corporate Governance Law (2022)
    • Mergers and Acquisitions (2021)
    • Securities/Capital Markets Law (2020)
  • Florida Super Lawyers® for real estate law
  • Florida Trend magazine's Florida Legal Elite™ for corporate law

  • Chambers USA, corporate, mergers and acquisitions and private equity (2008-2021)

Education

  • University of Florida College of Law, J.D.
    • Order of the Coif
  • Florida State University, B.S., Finance

Admissions

  • Florida