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Stephen Dietrich focuses on advising business owners and management on significant transactions — including mergers and acquisitions. Often acting as outside general counsel, he advises clients on a variety of topics integral to day-to-day operations including vendor contracts, financing matters and internal organization and policies. In addition to relying on his own expertise and experience, Stephen manages teams of colleagues and resources to address the unique needs of his clients.

With respect to mergers and acquisition work, Stephen leads teams of attorneys, consultants and other professionals to achieve the goals and objectives of his clients. His unique expertise in the retail automotive mergers and acquisition space sets him apart from other attorneys with similar focus. Often, clients in the auto retail industry work with Stephen in other business ventures and industries as well.

Also setting him apart — Stephen has spent the last 20-plus years observing and noting the human element in action in transactions and company operations. As a result, he has a keen interest in understanding how people with all their quirks and uniqueness (including his own) can and do affect a supposedly sterile logic-driven environment.

What We Do

Through his interest and passion in relational dynamics in the business world, Stephen adds meaningful value to his representation of clients. His interest in these non-legal aspects of transactions and company operations allows Stephen to understand where friction may occur in a team or with opposing individuals.  This helps his clients to avoid unneeded drama, enables Stephen to better understand the opposition, and keeps the transaction on track to completion.

Stephen’s specific areas of experience include:

  • Automotive Dealerships — advising clients on the many facets of buying, selling and investing in automobile dealerships.
  • Mergers & Acquisitions — advising leaders and managing the process necessary to successfully buy or sell a business.
  • Organizational Structuring — advising investors or management on efficient and effective entity organization with an eye towards tax, liability and operational objectives.
  • Executive Consulting/Advising — for C-level executives, boards and investment professionals interested in evaluating personal and relational dynamics that affect company and individual performance.

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From Stephen's Blog

Unique Issues in Retail Auto Joint Ventures

June 7, 2018

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In a previous post (see: 2017 in Review: Trends in Retail Auto Mergers and Acquisitions), I highlighted the increasing prevalence of joint ventures (JVs) in the auto industry either as an approach to succession or as a way for individuals, family offices or investment entities who are new to the retail auto industry to get their start. Whatever the purpose of a JV, such partnerships…

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Attention Business Owners: Plan for Your Succession Now

February 8, 2018

Nobody likes to think about estate planning. Not only does the phrase evoke a sense of drudgery, but many people literally associate it with death. Clearly nobody wants to think about their own death, especially when there are deals to be done, customers to please and reputations to build. The visceral aversion to sitting down and thinking about what happens after is certainly understandable. [caption…

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Resolving Value Disconnect between Buyers and Sellers of Auto Dealerships

February 2, 2018

In my previous post “2017 in Review: Trends in Retail Auto Mergers and Acquisitions,” I highlighted an all-too-familiar and continuing trend: the battles between buyers and sellers over valuation — battles that arise from what I like to call the “value disconnect.” Sellers, who naturally want to get top dollar for their dealerships, are often reluctant to admit annual sales increases or operational efficiency haven’t…

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