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  • “[We] are always impressed by your helpfulness, professional demeanor, and sound advice.  In [2015] you helped us start our business and negotiate through agreement with many companies.  The next year will bring many exciting challenges to our company, and we look forward to your advice [as they arise].”

                   -Glenn P., CEO of start-up

  • “Steve designed and implemented a special purpose investment vehicle to finance a successful legal action for a company in bankruptcy against its largest customer. The multinational customer breached a long-term contract, forcing the company into bankruptcy.  Steve guided the company and its investors through a complex process by keeping the legal claim outside the bankruptcy estate, with a highly successful result:  unsecured creditors were paid over 90 percent of their claims, while the investors in the special purpose fund enjoyed a substantial IRR taking into account not only their investment in the fund but also their original investments lost in the bankruptcy.” 

                 – Charles S., Investment Banker and Investor

  • “My partners and I were engaged as the sellers in an M&A transaction with a very large multinational company. We were naturally concerned about the quality of our representation and our ability to negotiate with so large an entity. We selected Steve Cherin as our attorney and proceeded to negotiate a profitable and risk appropriate agreement. We were selling them a $20 million local operation. Steve recommended a merger rather than a sale. He then proceeded to convince us and then he was able to convince the multinational that it was the most sensible way to proceed from a risk and tax position for both entities.  

    I have come to think of Steve Cherin as not just an attorney but as a talented and creative business consultant as well. Steve now represents us in all of our M&A activity.”

                   -Daniel T, Investor and former CEO

  • “Most companies start and succeed because of a niche or specialized skill.  Then one day another company recognizes your company’s value and suggests a merger or buyout; that happened to us at our software company.

    What happened next was very interesting; we had meetings and received a letter of intent.  It read very well and seemed to meet all our expectations, but wait it was sent by a lawyer for the multi-national buyer.  Thankfully this was when Steve Cherin entered the scene and quickly made us aware of what the letter represented.  From that moment, we realized that Steve was on our side, had a great deal of working knowledge and the skills to match our needs.  We thank Steve for his guidance and reassurance and his help for us to realize our dream of successfully selling our company.”

                   -Bill B., Co-founder and CEO

  • “Steve has worked with our organization for more than a decade providing legal and business guidance from initial start-up. As the company progressed, Steve remained a critical resource that was always flexible, responsive and diligent in following through.I highly recommend his services.”

              -Paul A., CEO of a Pittsburgh based company

  • “Working with Steve has helped me to establish a good foundation for my business. He has also gone beyond his duties as my corporate lawyer by helping me tap into valuable business networks.”

                 – Sanna G., CEO of CMU spinout


Areas of Practice

  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Private Placements
  • Stock Options, other Equity and Executive Compensation
  • Taxable and Tax-free Reorganizations
  • Licensing and other Technology Agreements
  • Strategic Planning
  • Private Equity Investments and Structuring
  • Tax Planning and Disputes
  • Corporate, Partnership and Limited Liability Company Law
  • Dispute Resolutions

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