Shareholder, Corporate M&A Group Chair
Having corporate, securities, bankruptcy and litigation experience, Steve Kesten is able to counsel firm clients in multiple areas of the law; however, his primary practice focus is transactional law.
Areas of Focus
- Mergers & acquisitions
- Private placements
- Private equity
- General corporate
- Association of Corporate Growth – Houston, President (2015 – 2016), Board of Directors
- The Entrepreneur Institute, Board Member
- Rotary Lombardi Award, Executive Board and former General Chairman
Awards & Recognitions
Having corporate, securities, bankruptcy and litigation experience, Steve Kesten is able to counsel firm clients in multiple areas of the law; however, his primary practice focus is transactional law. Steve's practice includes private placements and other sales and purchases of debt or equity securities; mergers, asset acquisitions and sales; formation and representation of private equity funds, venture capital funds and hedge funds; entity selection and formation (including drafting complex limited liability company and partnership agreements and corporate charters having multiple classes of common and preferred stock); and general contract review.
He also has experience representing both lenders and borrowers in asset-based lending transactions involving senior lenders, mezzanine lenders and factoring companies. Most recently, Steve’s practice has centered on the purchase and sale of middle-market companies, private placements, private equity and venture capital investment and representing foreign companies with the expansion of their businesses into the United States, in particular the State of Texas.
Steve has been an active member of the Rotary Club of Houston since 1992. During that time, he served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Rotary Lombardi Award, and was the General Chairman of the event in 1997. The Rotary Lombardi Award honors the outstanding college lineman of the year while raising significant contributions benefiting the American Cancer Society. In 2007, Steve was named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International for his 15+ years of "service above self" on behalf of the Rotary Club.
Steve is also deeply involved with the Houston Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), having been elected to multiple leadership positions. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of ACG since 2011 and was the President of the Chapter for the 2015-2016 fiscal year.
Steve is an active member of the Houston Bar Association Mergers & Acquisitions Section, serving as a Council Member, as Chairman of the Section for its 2014-2015 fiscal year and as Treasurer in 2013. Steve is a graduate of the Center for Houston’s Future which focuses on resolving some of Houston’s most difficult social and economic issues.
- JD, University of Houston Law Center (cum laude)
- BBA, University of Texas (with high honors)
- Houston Private Equity Association, Board Member
- The Entrepreneurship Institute, Member Firm Board Representative
- Association for Corporate Growth - Houston, Board of Directors, President (2015-2016)
- Houston Bar Association, Council Member, Mergers & Acquisitions Section Chair (2014-2015)
- Texas Bar Association
- American Bar Association
Eight BoyarMiller Shareholders Named in 2022 Texas Super Lawyers List
The Best Lawyers in America© 2023 Recognizes 13 BoyarMiller Attorneys
Seven BoyarMiller Shareholders Selected to 2021 Texas Super Lawyers List
Thirteen BoyarMiller Attorneys Recognized By Best Lawyers in America© in 2022 Edition
ACG Recognizes Four BoyarMiller Client Transactions Finalists In Prestigious 2020 Deal of the Year Awards
Experts Advise a Strong Economy Plus Rising Interest Rates Indicate a Time to Plan, Not Panic
Two BoyarMiller Client Transactions Named Finalists in ACG Houston Deal of the Year Awards
BoyarMiller Capital Markets Forum Reveals Strong Business Confidence; Available Investment Capital Provides Options for Growth
Clients Honor BoyarMiller in BTI Power Rankings 2017 Independent Report; Cites Firm as Having “Strongest Client Relationships” in Energy Industry, Again
BoyarMiller Represented Digerati Technologies, Inc. in Acquisition Deal
Steve Kesten Selected for Center for Houston’s Future Business/Civic Leadership Forum
Private Equity, Slow Economic Recovery and Low Interest Rates Dominate Discussion at 2016 BoyarMiller Capital Markets Forum
BTI Power Rankings 2016 Names BoyarMiller as a “go to” Firm for Clients in the Energy Industy
Strong Demand, Excess Capacity Fuels Uncertainty in Oil and Gas Industry Cites Expert Panel at BoyarMiller Energy Forum
Robust M&A Activity, Aggressive Lending Practices Balance Capital Markets; Experts Reveal Reasons at 2015 BoyarMiller Capital Markets Forum
BoyarMiller’s Steven D. Kesten Elected Houston President of Association for Corporate Growth
BoyarMiller Names Steve Kesten Business Group Chair
BoyarMiller’s Steven D. Kesten Elected to Leadership Positions at Houston Bar Association and Association for Corporate Growth
GulfStar Group Announces The Majority Recapitalization Of Core International, LLC By Rock Hill Capital Group
GulfStar Group Completes Private Placement for Jones Industrial Holdings, Inc.
Growth Capital Partners, L.P. Announce VLS Recovery Services, LLC. has Completed a Management Buyout
Texas Lobo Trucking LLC Acquires Assets of New Mexico-based Lobo Trucking, Ltd.
Follow-On Acquisition Made By Sunland Capital LLC’s First Acquisition
Sunland Capital LLC Closes On First Acquisition
Steve Kesten & Doug Parker Present At The Entrepreneurship Institute President’s Forum At Rice University
Does Your Favorite Local Restaurant or Bar Need Financial Help? The Restaurant Revitalization Fund Could Help!
Moving to Texas? Don’t Leave Your Company Behind!
It’s Back! More from the Paycheck Protection Program: First Time PPP Loans and Second Draw Loans
More Money, Less Red Tape: SEC Revamps Private Offering Framework
Accredited Access: SEC Adopts Expanded Definition of Accredited Investor
More Clarification on Loan Forgiveness: Time Period to Apply and Added Borrower Protections
UPDATE: More Guidance from The SBA: New Interim Final Rule with Guidance on The Paycheck Protection Program
UPDATE: Please Forgive Me! Loan Deferment and Loan Forgiveness Under The Paycheck Protection Program
Calling it EZ Doesn’t Make it Easy –SBA Updates the PPP Loan Forgiveness Application
UPDATE: How Can I Use My PPP Loan Proceeds?
Make Up Your Mind! The Fed Amends the Main Street Lending Program Again
SBA Loosens Up and Passes Flexibility Act
Rules of Forgiveness: SBA Provides Further Guidance
Ask for Forgiveness, Not Permission: SBA publishes the PPP Loan Forgiveness Application
Another Day, Another Interim Final Rule (or 4!)
Sweet Relief For Borrowers With PPP Loans of Less Than $2 Million
Things Keep Changing! BoyarMiller gains further insights from the SBA
UPDATE: Main Street on the Move: Expansion of Main Street Lending Program
Mo’ Money, Mo’ Rules: Amendment To and Further Guidance on the CARES Act
Local Stimulus For Small Businesses
New Stimulus: Now For Middle Market Businesses
Is Your Business Ineligible For A PPP Loan?
Loans Galore! Here’s What Passed the Senate and the House
Financial Relief Resources – What You Can Be Doing Now!
Will the new $2 Trillion Stimulus Bill Benefit You?
Should I Stay Home? And Other Essential Questions…
Economic Stimulus for the Middle Market
The Impact of Tariffs and Their Chilling Effect On U.S. Business
Change to Regulation D, Rule 504: A Step in the Right Direction to Help Raise Capital for Small Businesses
Obama Proposes New Taxation of Private Equity Fund Managers’ Carried Interest
When Selling Private Securities — No Limit on Number of Accredited Investors
BoyarMiller’s “Houston Commercial Real Estate Markets in 2016” eBook
BoyarMiller’s “The Energy Industry 2015: What’s Next?” eBook
BoyarMiller State of the Capital Markets eBook 2014
BoyarMiller Energy eBook 2014 State of the Industry
BoyarMiller State of the Capital Markets eBook 2013
Equity Financing for Small and Mid-Size Businesses Raising Money Through the Sale of Unregistered Securities
A Law To Think About: Entity Selection
Teaching Moment: Convertible Security Anti-Dilution
Steve Kesten and Gary Miller have provided our firm with high quality legal and business advice for numerous complex private equity transactions. Their support and hard work has proved invaluable. We also rely on BoyarMiller as legal counsel to our management company. We moved our corporate work to BoyarMiller from a much larger international law firm. We haven’t been disappointed. The firm’s guidance has been timely, well considered and cost effective in all cases.