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Russell Light
 

Russell Light

Partner
 
425 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10017 
 
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Phone: +1-212-455-2781
Fax: +1-212-455-2502

Russell Light has extensive experience advising on the tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments and fund formation matters, and real estate transactions. He also has experience advising on debt restructurings and other bankruptcy matters, public and closely-held entities and tax issues surrounding transactions involving special purpose acquisition companies (“SPACs”), real estate investment trusts (“REITs”) and business development companies (“BDCs”).

Described by clients as “very commercial” and bringing “a creative approach to complex transactions,” Russell has been recognized by Chambers USA and The Legal 500 U.S. as a leading tax lawyer. He is also a thought leader in the space and has served as co-author on multiple significant treatises on an array of tax-related matters.

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Work Highlights
  • Prior to joining the Firm, Russell’s experience included the representation of:
    • Advent International and Cinven in their $17 billion acquisition of Thyssenkrupp's elevator technology business
    • Oaktree Capital Management in the formation of its $15 billion Opportunities Fund XI, and the launch of Oaktree Acquisition Corp., a SPAC
    • GTCR in the $2.5 billion sale of Lytx
    • Federal Street Acquisition Corp., a SPAC sponsored by Thomas H. Lee Partners, in its $1.7 billion acquisition of Universal Hospital Services
    • WellCare Health Plans in its $17 billion acquisition by Centene Corporation
    • EIG Energy Partners, Anchorage Capital Partners and Guggenheim Partners in the restructuring of Breitburn Energy through chapter 11 proceedings
    • EIG Energy Partners in the formation of its $2.5 billion Global Project Fund
    • TA Associates in the $2.7 billion sale of Aldevron
Accolades
  • Chambers USA, Tax – New York (2013–2020)
  • The Legal 500 U.S. (2014–2017)
Education
  • University of Chicago Law School, 2001 J.D.
    High Honors; Order of the Coif; Managing Editor, University of Chicago Law Review
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1998 B.S.
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1998 M.Eng.
Admissions
  • Texas 2020
  • New York 2009
  • District of Columbia 2002

Russell Light has extensive experience advising on the tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments and fund formation matters, and real estate transactions. He also has experience advising on debt restructurings and other bankruptcy matters, public and closely-held entities and tax issues surrounding transactions involving special purpose acquisition companies (“SPACs”), real estate investment trusts (“REITs”) and business development companies (“BDCs”).

Described by clients as “very commercial” and bringing “a creative approach to complex transactions,” Russell has been recognized by Chambers USA as a leading tax lawyer from 2013-2020. He has also been recognized by The Legal 500 U.S., which highlighted his international experience.

A thought leader in the space, Russell is a co-author of the semi-annual Mergers, Acquisitions, and Buyouts, as well as the special editor of the annual Structuring Venture Capital, Private Equity, and Entrepreneurial Transactions. He has also authored “Tax Considerations in Structuring International Licensing and Technology Transfer Arrangements,” for International Licensing and Transfer of Technology; “The Mixed Up World of Pseudo Passthroughs” for Taxes; and “Developments in the Economic Substance Doctrine” for the Journal of Taxation of Investments

Russell received his J.D. with High Honors from the University of Chicago Law School, where he served as Managing Editor of the University of Chicago Law Review. He received his Masters of Engineering and Bachelor of Science degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Russell is admitted to practice in New York, Texas and Washington, D.C.

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