STEVEN V. BERNARD

Partner
Corporate

EXPERIENCE:

Steve Bernard is a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he specializes in representing U.S. and non-U.S. companies in domestic and cross-border public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, and SEC compliance. Steve has extensive experience in cross-border corporate transactions, including the first simultaneous dual-listing of American Depositary Shares on Nasdaq and a German stock exchange; the first Tier II issuer self-tender by a dual-listed Indian issuer; and structuring and implementing the first Global Share Program by a Nasdaq-listed issuer. His practice includes all aspects of public and private company representation, including corporate governance and private financings. He also has represented underwriters in numerous public offerings and investors in venture capital financings.

SELECT PUBLIC COMPANY CLIENTS:
  • Elastic N.V.
  • Infosys Limited
  • Logitech International S.A.
  • Mesoblast Limited
  • OneMarket Limited
  • Pushpay Limited
  • Talend S.A.
  • Xenon Pharmaceuticals Inc.
  • Xero Ltd.
  • Zynga Inc.
SELECT TRANSACTIONS:
  • Elastic N.V. in its IPO
  • Talend S.A. in its IPO
  • SolarCity Corporation in its IPO
  • Xenon Pharmaceuticals in its IPO
  • Infosys Limited in its $2 billion global issuer self-tender
  • CSR plc in its listing of ADRs on Nasdaq and global issuer self-tender
  • Westfield Corporation Limited in the spin-off and ASX listing of its OneMarket Limited subsidiary
  • Mesoblast Limited in its IPO
  • Morgan Stanley in the IPO of AVG Technologies N.V.
  • Logitech International S.A. in its acquisition of LifeSize Communications
  • Trintech Group plc in its sale to Spectrum Equity Investors
EDUCATION:
  • J.D., New York University School of Law
  • B.A., Foreign Affairs, University of Virginia
HONORS:
  • Named in Northern California Super Lawyers in 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018
ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS:
  • Chair, Securities Filing Program, Practising Law Institute
  • Lecturer, Practising Law Institute
SELECT PUBLICATIONS:
  • "Trading Activities in Connection with Distributions: Regulation M," Practising Law Institute
  • "Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q," Practising Law Institute
  • "Preparation of the Annual Report on Form 10-K," Practising Law Institute
  • "Interim Reports on Form 8-K," Practising Law Institute
  • "Risk Factors Disclosure and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act," Practising Law Institute
  • "Registration Statements under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934: Form 10 and Form 8-A," Practising Law Institute
  • "Third-Party Legal Opinions in Acquisitions of Privately Held Companies," Practising Law Institute
  • "Resales of Securities under Rule 144 and Rule 144A," Practising Law Institute
SELECT RECENT SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS:
  • Guest Speaker, "Private Company Exits: M&A vs. IPO," Stanford Law School, 2018, and UC Berkeley School of Law, 2017
  • Keynote Speaker, "US IPOs by Non-US Companies," London, May 2011
  • Speaker, "The Future Role and Form of Disclosure Documents - The US Perspective," Amsterdam, May 2011
  • Panel Speaker, "Balancing Strategic with Financial Objectives in Corporate Venture Investments," London, May 2011
ADMISSIONS:
  • State Bar of California
  • State Bar of New York