Stephanie Ference is an associate in the Corporate Department of Morrison & Foerster's New York office. Her practice emphasizes mergers and acquisitions and private equity matters. She has assisted a broad array of U.S.-based and international companies as well as investment banks with transactions in the healthcare, manufacturing, financial services, retail, technology and energy sectors and is a member of MoFo’s Blockchain + Smart Contracts Group.
Prior to law school, Stephanie was an officer in the United States Army; she is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and recipient of the Bronze Star. Stephanie received her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she served as a Submissions Editor of the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law and participated in the Environmental Law Clinic and the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project (now the International Refugee Assistance Project).
She holds a B.A., cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, in History and Political Science from Rutgers University, where she was named a Henry Rutgers Scholar in History.
Honey Birdette, the fast-growing, luxury lingerie and lifestyle brand, and its sellers, in the USD333 million sale to PLBY Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLBY), a leading pleasure and leisure lifestyle company and owner of Playboy.
Wentworth Management Services LLC (“Wentworth”), a growing aggregator of broker-dealers across the U.S., in its acquisition of World Equity Group, an independent broker-dealer based in Arlington Heights, Illinois.
DaVita Inc. in its acquisition of Renal Ventures Management, LLC and the simultaneous divestiture of seven dialysis centers to affiliates of Physicians Dialysis.
DST Systems, Inc., a leading provider of sophisticated information processing and servicing solutions in its acquisition of 100% ownership of Boston Financial Data Services, Inc. and International Financial Data Services Limited, previously operated as 50/50 joint ventures with State Street Corporation.
DST Systems, Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary ALPS Holdings, Inc. in its acquisition of Kaufman Rossin Fund Services, LLC, a provider of specialized administration services to the global financial community.
Wentworth Management Services LLC in its acquisition of Purshe Kaplan Sterling Investments (PKS), an independent broker-dealer with 485 offices in all 50 states.
WM Partners, a private equity firm specializing in buyout investments in the health and wellness sectors, and its portfolio company Wellnext, in the purchase of substantially all of the assets of nutraceutical company Natural Dynamics, LLC, its purchase of all of the membership interest in nutraceutical company Stop Aging Now, LLC, and in the subsequent sale of its portfolio to a subsidiary of The Clorox Company.
UMT Consulting, a technology consulting company, in its sale to Ernst & Young.
Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd., a major Japanese printing firm, in the acquisition of Foto Fantasy, Inc. (d/b/a Innovative Foto) from an affiliate of Sankaty Advisors, an independently managed affiliate of Bain Capital.
FUJIFILM Holdings, a leading provider of imaging, information and document solutions, in its acquisition via tender offer of Cellular Dynamics International, a developer and manufacturer of fully functioning human cells in industrial quantities.
Inovalon Holdings, Inc. in its acquisition of Avalere Health, Inc.