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Lisa R. Stark

Lisa Stark is a partner in the firm’s Wilmington office. Lisa has over 15 years of corporate experience in such areas as mergers and acquisitions, strategic investments, initial public offerings, proxy contests, and hostile takeovers. She also has experience advising private and public companies and their boards of directors on corporate governance matters. Lisa also advises private equity and venture capital funds in connection with their investments in Delaware corporations.

Lisa began her career as a corporate litigator and worked on some of the most prominent deal-related cases of the past two decades including:

  • In re Siliconix Inc. Shareholders Litigation, No. Civ. A. 18700, (Del. Ch. June 19, 2001)
  • Loventhal v. Hilton Hotels Corp., C.A. No. 17803 (Sept. 27, 2000)
  • Harrah's Entm't, Inc. v. JCC Holding Co., 802 A.2d 294 (Del. Ch. 2002)
  • Benchmark Capital Partners IV L.P. v. Vague, C. A. No. 1979 (Del. Ch. July 15, 2002)
  • Goldman v. Isaacs, No. C.A. No. 18732 (Del. Ch. Dec. 17, 2001)
  • Hollinger Int'l, Inc. v. Black, 844 A.2d 1022 (Del. Ch.), judgment entered, (Del. Ch. 2004), aff'd, 872 A.2d 559 (Del. 2005).

She continues to provide advice and litigate in connection with deal-related litigation.

Lisa is very active in the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association. In addition to being the content director and Jurisprudence Subcommittee co-chair for the Private Equity and Venture Capital Committee, she is a Delaware Court liaison for the Mergers and Acquisitions Committee. Lisa is also vice-chair of the Editorial Board of Business Law Today, the Business Law Section’s monthly business law publication. She also sits on the Business Law Section’s Marketing Board.

Prior to joining the firm, Lisa was a corporate partner at another Wilmington, Delaware law firm.

  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in Corporate Governance Law
  • Service to Children Award for 10 years of Pro Bono Work (State of Delaware) (2013)
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation (2017-current)
  • Co-Chair, Private Equity and Venture Capital Jurisprudence Subcommittee, American Bar Association
  • Past Editor-in-Chief, Preferred Returns, an ABA publication
  • Vice Editor-in-Chief, Business Law Today, an ABA publication
  • Member, Marketing Board, Business Law Section, American Bar Association
  • Delaware State Bar Association
  • Attorney Guardian Ad Litem, Delaware’s Office of the Child Advocate
  • Delaware Court Liaison, Mergers and Acquisitions Committee
  • Recent Changes in Pennsylvania and Delaware Law Affecting Corporations, LLCs and Other Entities, K&L Gates Corporate Practice Speaker Series, 2016
  • Negotiating Contractual Indemnity in M&A Deals: Transactional and Litigation Considerations, Strafford Publications webinar, 2015 and 2017
  • Appraisal Rights: A Changing New World, Panelist, webcast, 2014
  • Joint Ventures: Critical Issues, Panelist, Inter-Pacific Bar Association, Vancouver, BC, 2014
  • Drafting Shareholder Agreements for Private Equity M&A Deals, Panelist, Strafford Publications webinar, 2015 and 2018
  • Key Issues in Corporate Transactions: Lessons Learned from Select Delaware Cases, University of Texas School of Law's 29th Annual Technology Law Conference, 2016
  • Business Formation: Start to Finish, National Bar Institute, Wilmington, DE, 2018
  • Drafting Shareholder Agreements for Venture Capital Investments, Strafford Publications webinar, 2018
  • Shareholder Meetings & Public Companies: Proxy Materials, Shareholder Proposals, Governance Best Practices, Strafford Publications webinar, 2018
  • Annual Survey of Judicial Developments Pertaining to Private Equity and Venture Capital, ABA Business Law Section Annual Meeting, 2018
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