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Carl L. Reisner


Tel: 212-373-3017
Fax: 212-492-0017

New York
1285 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019-6064

A partner in the Corporate Department, Carl L. Reisner is a senior member of the firm's Mergers and Acquisitions Group. Carl has a diverse mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance practice and provides counsel to a varied and long-standing client base, helping companies through all stages of the corporate life cycle. He has represented start-up companies seeking venture capital, growing companies in a wide variety of acquisitions and financings, and restructurings of financially troubled enterprises. Carl is recognized as a leading Private Equity Buyouts lawyer by Chambers USA, Legal 500 and The Best Lawyers in America.


Carl has particularly extensive experience representing private equity firms and their portfolio companies. Over the past three years alone, Carl has advised his clients in connection with over 100 completed M&A transactions. Carl's principal private equity clients include:

  • CI Capital Partners
  • KPS Capital Partners
  • SML Capital Partners
  • Straus Capital Group
  • Beowulf Energy

Carl has particular expertise representing buyers of financially distressed and bankrupt companies, including the purchase of enterprises from bankruptcy estates. He also has broad experience in advising on public company acquisitions, both negotiated and contested. Carl's practice covers a wide cross-section of industries. Recently, Carl has been particularly active in the areas of healthcare, defense, power generation, information technology and traditional manufacturing and distribution businesses.

Writing and speaking on corporate governance, Carl has been a lecturer for the Practising Law Institute on the subject of proxy solicitation and corporate governance. He is also a former member of the Committee on Securities Regulation of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

Carl currently serves as Vice Chair of the International Refugee Assistance Project. He is also a Director of The Municipal Art Society of New York.

Carl was an editor of the Yale Law Journal.

Mergers & Acquisitions
Private Equity
Pro Bono


J.D., Yale Law School, 1978

B.A., State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1975

Bar Admissions

New York
District of Columbia

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