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M&A 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Carl Reisner draws high praise for the first-rate counsel he offers on corporate financing and high-value acquisitions.


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 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; and growing companies in a wide variety of acquisitions and financings, and restructurings of financially troubled enterprises. Carl is recognised as a leading private equity buyouts lawyer by Chambers USAThe Legal 500 and 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; Sagewind Capital Partners; Straus Capital Group; and 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, defence, power generation, consumer products, information technology, and traditional manufacturing and distribution businesses.

Carl currently serves as vice chair of the International Refugee Assistance Project and chair of the Yale Law School Alumni Fund. 

Carl was an editor of the Yale Law Journal.

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