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Steve Gaynor (USA)
Steve has over 20 years wireless and 30 years professional experience. An attorney, investment banker, management consultant and CEO, he brings a wide range of skills to assist clients with building businesses and solving business problems.
Steve graduated from Harvard’s Joint Program in Law and Business, simultaneously earning his MBA and JD degrees. While at Harvard, he interned at McKinsey, and served as an assistant to the Secretary of the US Treasury (Finance Minister).
Upon graduation he became a "Wall Street" attorney and banker, first with Skadden Arps, a leading law firm, and subsequently with L.F. Rothschild, where he advised on transactions of all types, including M&A, restructurings, IPOs and follow-on equity offerings, and private placements of equity and debt.
Recruited by AirTouch, (now Vodafone), Steve became a leader of its successful international expansion in Asia and Europe. He was a senior member of teams that won GSM licenses in Italy and Spain, and served on the Boards of what are today Vodafone Italy and Vodafone Spain.
Following AirTouch’s $62 Bn acquisition by Vodafone, Steve became a Partner at Arthur D. Little where he served as a senior wireless advisor to governments and leading companies and investors, including the Brazilian Government, Sony, Nortel, Saudi Prince Al Waleed and several private equity funds.
Since ADL, Steve served as CEO of Unifone, a wireless service provider funded by a $1.7 Bn VC fund, and Mobliss, a mobile messaging and games company. He has been on six boards, of which four companies were acquired, and on several start-up advisory boards. He currently advises companies in the wireless industry on strategy, financings and transactions.
In addition to holding the MBA and JD degrees, Steve holds a Certificate in Telecom Engineering with distinction from U.C. Berkeley, is a member of the New York Bar, and is a registered investment banker associated with M&A Securities Group Inc., member of FINRA, SiPC.