Areas of Practice
  • Spanish
  • Duke University School of Law, J.D., with honors, 1985; Duke Law Journal
  • Harvard University, B.A., with honors, 1981
Bar & Court Admissions
  • New York

Michael J.W. Rennock

1114 Avenue of the Americas
New York NY 10036
TEL: +1 212 506 3956
FAX: +1 212 506 3950

Michael J.W. Rennock is a partner in Steptoe's New York office, where he is a member of the Corporate, Securities & Finance Group.

A transactional attorney, Mr. Rennock’s practice is primarily focused on corporate finance and securities, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and private equity/venture capital.  He represents companies, investors, and investment banks in a variety of financing transactions, including public offerings and private placements of equity and debt securities.

Mr. Rennock regularly advises buyers and sellers in a broad array of industries in both public and private mergers and acquisitions, asset sales, and other divestitures.  He has worked on convertible and high-yield debt financings, Rule 144A offerings, leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations, project financings, spinoffs, secured and unsecured borrowings, and joint ventures.  Mr. Rennock also counsels corporate clients on a regular basis with respect to corporate, corporate governance, and securities law matters.

Public and private companies in a wide variety of industries, including telecommunications, wireless communications, electronic data transmission, defense, retail, healthcare, child care, banking, energy, and transportation retain him for counsel regarding their financial and transactional needs.

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Selected Publications

  • July 14, 2011, Practical Law Company Cross-Border Doing Business in… Handbook
  • The Nuts and Bolts of A VC Financing Transaction: Current Issues and Standard Deal Terms
    Inside the Minds: Analyzing VC Deal Terms
    2008, published by Apastore Books
  • Growing Impact of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 on Private Companies
    November 2004, Journal of Taxation of Financial Institutions Vol 18
  • The Sarbanes-Oxley Drum Beats On: SEC Issues Proposed Rules on Audit Committee Financial Experts, Internal Controls, and Improper Influence in Conduct of Audits
    January 2003, Journal of Taxation of Financial Institutions
  • Going Public Sourcebook: The Initial Public Offering Process and the Compliance Requirements of a Public Company
    1999, published by RR Donnelley Financial

Professional Affiliations

  • New York Bar
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York Committee to Enhance Diversity in the Profession
  • Central Park Track Club, Board of Directors
  • New York Road Runners Club