Russell J. Kestenbaum

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Benjamin N. Cardozo, J.D.
State University of New York at Albany, B.A.

New York

Russell Kestenbaum is a partner in the New York office of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy and Practice Group Leader of the firm’s Tax Group.

Primary Focus & Experience

A partner since 2007, Mr. Kestenbaum’s practice focuses on advising on tax issues relating to bankruptcies and out of court debt restructurings, the tax aspects of initial public offerings, mergers and acquisitions (both domestic and cross-border), structuring for private equity funds, and debt issuances.

Mr. Kestenbaum counsels a wide range of clients including Arrow Electronics, The Carlyle Group, Cerberus Capital Partners, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Towers Watson, Harbinger Capital, Cerberus, AerCap, Vector Group, Prosieben, Silver Point, Strategic Value Partners and EIF.  He also represents various court appointed creditors’ committees, including those in the Lehman, Enron, Refco, Eastman Kodak, A&P and Winn-Dixie bankruptcy proceedings. 

Most recently Mr. Kestenbaum represented Lightsquared Inc., Station Casinos and Intermet Corporation in their Chapter 11 cases and counseled significant creditor groups in the bankruptcy cases of Nortel Networks, Lyondell Chemicals, American Airlines and Capmark.  He represented Towers Perrin in its merger of equals with Watson Wyatt Worldwide, Catalyst Health Solutions, Inc. in its merger with SXC Health Solutions Corp., and Sovereign Bank in its merger with Santander.

Recognition & Accomplishments

Mr. Kestenbaum is a past member of the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association Tax Section, where he co-chaired the Committee on Bankruptcy and Operating Losses and authored several reports. He is a vice chair of the ABA Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Industries Section where he has co-authored semi-annual reports each year.  Articles by Mr. Kestenbaum appear in several publications including The Tax Lawyer, Tax Strategies for Corporate Acquisitions published by the Practising Law Institute and the Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law.

Mr. Kestenbaum has been a panelist at the NYSBA Tax Sections Annual Conference, a speaker at the ABA Annual Tax Conference and frequents as a guest lecturer on tax issues in M&A Transactions at Columbia Law School and Fordham Law School.

Mr. Kestenbaum received his B.A. from SUNY Albany and earned his J.D. with honors from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he was the executive editor of the Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal and a member of the Order of the Coif.