Stephen L. Burns

Partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Stephen L. Burns

Stephen L. Burns

Partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

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Stephen L. Burns is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department. His practice focuses on representing issuers and investment banking firms in connection with public and private offerings of securities, as well as representing various corporations on general corporate matters, including corporate governance and M&A matters. Mr. Burns was named Best Lawyers’ 2014 New York City “Lawyer of the Year” for Securities/Capital Markets Law. His work was also featured by the Financial Times in its annual FT North America Innovative Lawyers 2014 report.

Mr. Burns’s clients have included Crown Castle, Flowserve, IBM, Time Warner, Time Inc., Cox Enterprises, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan. He recently advised Crown Castle in its $7.1 billion acquisition of Lightower; its $600 million acquisition of Wilcon; its $1.5 billion acquisition of FiberNet; the $1.6 billion sale of CCAL, its Australian subsidiary, to a consortium of investors led by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets; its $1 billion acquisition of Sunesys; its $9.1 billion (including purchase options) acquisition of the rights to approximately 9,700 AT&T towers; its $4.8 billion (including purchase options) acquisition of the rights to approximately 7,100 T-Mobile towers; and on over $20 billion in debt and equity financings since 2012. Mr. Burns also advised the underwriters in connection with Actavis plc’s offerings of $30 billion of debt and equity securities in 2015. In addition, he represented the underwriters in connection with recent offerings by American Axle, Beacon Roofing, Cardtronics plc, Chesapeake Energy, Denbury Resources, Expedia, Goodyear, Petco and TeamHealth.

Mr. Burns has been repeatedly cited as one of the country’s leading practitioners in capital markets law by, among others, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business from 2007 through 2018; Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business from 2008 through 2018; The Legal 500 from 2007 through 2014 and from 2016 through 2018; IFLR1000 from 2007 through 2019; and The Best Lawyers in America from 2007 through 2019. He was also recognized by The Legal 500 for his skill in M&A: Mega-Deals in 2008 and for his transactional work in the telecoms and broadcast industry in 2014, 2016 and 2017.

Mr. Burns was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He received a B.B.A. with distinction from the University of Oklahoma in 1987 and a J.D. with honors from the University of Texas School of Law in 1990, where he was named to the Chancellor’s honor society and was an Associate Editor of the Texas Law Review. Mr. Burns currently serves as a trustee of The University of Texas Law School Foundation. He joined Cravath in 1990 and became a partner in 1998.

Mr. Burns may be reached by phone at +1-212-474-1146 or by email at sburns@cravath.com.

Mr. Burns is admitted only in New York.

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Education
JD with Honors, Chancellor
Class of 1990

The University of Texas School of Law began as the University of Texas at Austin's Department of Law when the University was founded in 1883. The Law School started with two professors and fifty-two students in the basement of the University's Old Main Building. The Law School has since grown to more than 1,200 students and offers the Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD) and the Master of Laws (LLM). The School of Law is a member of the Association of American Law Schools and is approved by the American Bar Association.

BBA with Distinction
Class of 1987

Attracting top students from across the nation and more than 100 countries around the world, OU provides a major university experience in a private college atmosphere. OU is number one in the nation in the number of National Merit Scholars enrolled among public universities and is in the top ten of public universities in the nation in the graduation of Rhodes Scholars. The OU Honors College is one of the largest honors programs among public universities in the United States, matching the University’s best and brightest students with faculty in classrooms of 19 or fewer students. OU is one of the few public universities in the nation to cap the class size of first-year English composition courses at no more than 19. OU offers students the opportunity to study abroad in over 100 cities and 50 countries, including our signature program in Arezzo, Italy. The number of endowed faculty professorships and chaired positions has increased from less than 100 15 years ago to more than 560 today. This enables OU to keep and attract faculty researchers of national and international stature. For four of the last six years the OU Debate team has won the National Debate Championship. Other students from across campus have worked in teams to also win top awards in the National Petroleum Engineering Competition, the National Kennedy Center Competition in Drama, and the entrepreneurship program consistently ranks in the top five nationally. OU has emerged as a pacesetter for public higher education in the United States and is ranked by The Princeton Review among the top 10 public universities in the nation in terms of academic excellence and cost for students. OU has more than doubled the amount of private scholarships in five years and raised its scholarship goal to $250 million. In addition, OU’s private endowment has increased more than five-fold since 1994, growing from $204 million to more than $1.8 billion. There is a true sense of family on the OU campus. Serving as a model for other public universities, OU established the Faculty-In-Residence program which places faculty members and their families in each of our residence halls to foster faculty and student interaction and encourage intergenerational friendships. Further, a different professor adopts each floor of the residence halls as well as each fraternity and sorority, allowing students and faculty to build relationships outside of the classroom. OU’s Fred Jones Museum of Art ranks in the top 5 university art museums in the United States. It received the Weitzenhoffer Collection, the largest gift of French Impressionist art ever given to a public university in the US. The Sam Noble Museum of Natural History is the largest university based museum of its kind in the world. OU’s Bizzell Memorial Library features one of the three largest history of science collections in the world, and is the only place in the United States where you can hold a book with Galileo's handwriting in your own hands.

Memberships
Associate Editor
Prior

The Texas Law Review is a national and international leader in legal scholarship. Texas Law Review is an independent journal, edited and published entirely by students at the University of Texas School of Law. Their seven issues per year contain articles by professors, judges, and practitioners; reviews of important recent books from recognized experts, essays, commentaries; and student written notes. Texas Law Review is currently the ninth most cited legal periodical in federal and state cases in the United States and the thirteenth most cited by legal journals. Texas Law Review published its first issue in December 1922.

Career History
Partner
1990 - Current

Cravath, Swaine & Moore provides legal services in various industries such as: broadcasting, media and entertainment, consumer products, energy, financial institutions, healthcare, industrial and chemicals, professional services, real estate, retail, technology, telecommunications, and transportation. The company was founded in 1819 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

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Aqua America, Inc. issued . USD Common Stock

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Crown Castle International Corp. purchases Lightower Fiber Networks LLC from HarbourVest Partners LLC, GoldPoint Partners LLC, Pamlico Capital Management LP, ABRY Partners LLC, Berkshire Partners LLC

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Beacon Roofing Supply, Inc. issued USD Common Stock

Awards & Honors
2017
Best Lawyers - Best Lawyers in America, Securities/Capital Markets Law
2017
Chambers Global - World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Capital Markets: Debt & Equity
2016
The Legal 500 United States - Capital Markets: Debt Offerings
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