Steven Clemens is a partner in the firm’s Business Law Department and Tax practice. Mr. Clemens advises fund sponsors, investors and issuers on domestic and cross-border tax matters that arise from complex mergers and acquisitions. Noted by Law360 as a “highly effective problem solver,” Mr. Clemens counsels and represents both strategic and financial clients on the formation of investment funds. In addition, he has extensive industry experience in sectors including private equity, financial services, chemicals, energy, industrial, healthcare, life sciences and retail.
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Mr. Clemens’ recent representative experience includes:

  • One Equity Partners in its minority investment in INTREN, LLC, a provider of specialty contracting services to major utilities.*
  • J.H. Whitney in its cross-border acquisition of German-headquartered 3B Scientific group, which has 15 subsidiaries around the globe.* 
  • J.H. Whitney and portfolio company PSA Healthcare in connection with the merger of PSA Healthcare and Epic Health Services to form newly-named Aveanna Healthcare.* 
  • Blackstone Tactical Opportunities Advisors, LLC in connection with an equity investment in BTIG, LLC, a US-based financial services firm.*
  • First Atlantic Capital in the sale of its majority interest in TestEquity to LKCM Headwater Investments, a Texas-based private equity firm.* 
  • Starr Investment Holdings in its US$4.4 billion acquisition of MultiPlan, Inc. from BC Partners and Silver Lake Partners.* 
  • 3G Capital Management in its acquisition, along with Berkshire Hathaway, of the H.J. Heinz Company.* 
  • Duff & Phelps Corporation in its acquisition by a private equity consortium led by The Carlyle Group.*
  • LNK Partners in its acquisition of Fitness Connection and a minority interest in Dogfish Head brewery.*
  • TowerBrook Capital Partners in the sale of a minority stake in the TowerBrook group to Wafra Advisors.*
  • TowerBrook Partners in its sale of a majority interest in Sound Inpatient Physicians, Inc. to the North American division of Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA.*
  • Community Health Systems, Inc. in its acquisition of Health Management Associates, Inc.*
  • Pfizer Inc. in its US$635 million acquisition of the marketed vaccines portfolio of Baxter International Inc.*
  • Teva Pharmaceuticals in its acquisition of Cephalon, Inc.*
  • Bain Capital in numerous transactions, including its acquisition of Burlington Coat Factory, the phosphates business of Rhodia S.A., the Styron division of the Dow Chemical Company, Consolidated Container Holdings LLC and Big Tex Trailer.*
  • Ladder Capital Corp. in its initial public offering using an "Up-C" structure.* 
  • Kinderhook Industries in numerous transactions including its pending sale of the Environmental Quality Company to US Ecology, Inc.*
  • Metalmark Capital in numerous transactions, including its investment in Jones Energy and Hunter Defense.*
  • London Stock Exchange Group plc in its US$2.7 billion acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Frank Russell Company.

*Denotes experience prior to joining Goodwin.

Professional Experience
Prior to joining Goodwin, Mr. Clemens was most recently a partner in the Tax practice group at Dechert LLP in New York. His legal career began in Dechert’s Philadelphia office and was followed by a move to Kirkland & Ellis in New York before rejoining Dechert.
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Mr. Clemens is the Chair of the Board of Trustees at Eastern University.


Mr. Clemens has been ranked Top Rated Tax Attorney by Super Lawyers for 2019 and was listed in the 2018 edition of Euromoney/Legal Media Group’s Tax Expert Guide series. He is regularly recognized by The Legal 500 US for Tax: U.S. non-contentious tax, where he was recently described as an “excellent tax advisor who is willing to explore and discuss options to aid in resolving the matter at hand” and Chambers USA, which has recognized him for providing “incredibly practical and commercially sensitive tax advice” on domestic and cross-border M&A, bankruptcies, and fund formation in its America’s Leading Lawyers for Business list. In addition, in 2013, Mr. Clemens was selected as a Law360 MVP of the Year for Tax Law.

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J.D., 1994
Harvard Law School
(magna cum laude)
B.A., Political Science and Accounting, 1991
Eastern University
(magna cum laude)


1994 – 1995, U.S. Tax Court, Judge Arnold Raum



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