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Steve is a founding partner of Eldridge Brooks and a former partner at Arkansas’ largest law firm. Most recently, Steve was a partner at one of the state’s largest venture capital and growth equity investment firms overseeing private capital formation and strategy and mergers and acquisitions activities and leading investments in healthcare, software technologies, e-commerce, energy infrastructure and retail and e-commerce businesses. He has over 20 years of experience advising and investing in private capital funds, private companies, as well as advising limited partners and funds of funds. Steve’s practice is rooted in his broad experiences working with emerging high growth companies, investors, and funds, both in business and as a lawyer.
Prior to forming Eldridge Brooks, Steve was a partner at New Road Capital Partners, a venture capital and growth equity investment firm based in Bentonville, AR. He worked extensively with the portfolio companies as well as the funds themselves and their co general partners, namely Kayne Anderson, based in Los Angeles, CA. Prior to New Road Capital, Mr. Brooks was a partner in the private equity and mergers and acquisitions practice group of Friday Eldredge & Clark, Arkansas’ largest law firm, from 2003 until 2013. Steve represented lower middle market issuers across the U.S. in private offerings of securities; structuring private equity funds and offerings; acquisitions and divestitures, as well as partnership and corporate tax matters. From 1995 to 2000, Brooks practiced as a CPA in both the private and public sectors in the tax section of Frost PLLC, Arkansas’ largest public accounting firm and was senior tax accountant with Tyson Foods, Inc. He graduated from the University of Arkansas School of Law (Fayetteville), Cum Laude, and the University of Arkansas’ Walton College of Business. He is a member of the Arkansas and Texas Bar, is admitted to the United States Tax Court and has served as Associate Justice on the Arkansas Supreme Court. Steve has been ranked by Chambers USA as one of America’s leading lawyers and was most recently recognized as a 2020 Mid-South Super Lawyer for his Mergers and Acquisitions practice.