Private Equity Lawyer Hertz Dies

May 23 2014 | 12:33pm ET

Prominent private-equity lawyer Stephen Hertz has died, an apparent suicide at the age of 55.

Hertz, a partner at Debevoise & Plimpton, leapt to his death from his 22nd-floor apartment on Central Park West in New York on May 16, according to police.

Hertz was a member of Debevoise’s mergers and acquisitions and p.e. groups. His clients included p.e. firm Stone Point Capital, and he worked on deals involving the likes of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and CVC Capital Partners.

Stone Point’s general counsel, David Wermuth, called Hertz “an outstanding lawyer and trusted adviser” who the firm “routinely called for our most complex transactions.”

“We are shocked and deeply saddened by the passing of our partner and friend Steve Hertz,” Debevoise said. “Steve was an exceptionally warm and caring person, extraordinarily dedicated to our clients, and generous to his colleagues. He will be profoundly missed.”

Hertz is survived by his wife and a son from a previous marriage.

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