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Kenneth Heitner

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Kenneth Heitner is a Co-head of Weil's global Tax Practice. He regularly acts on the full range of tax issues affecting corporations transacting their business in the US and abroad as well as on numerous tax-efficient structures for cross-border transactions. Mr. Heitner is an adjunct professor at NYU School of Law.


Member, New York State Bar Association, Tax Section; Member, American Bar Association; Member, Bar Association of the City of New York; Member, Tax Club.


Rutgers University (BA, 1969); New York University School of Law (JD, 1973; LLM, 1977).

United States: Tax

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The largely New York-based team at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP advises on the tax implications of cross-border M&A and restructurings. Kenneth Heitner assisted the board of directors’ transaction committee of tobacco manufacturer Reynolds American with the tax aspects of the $60.6bn sale to British American Tobacco, while Kimberly Blanchard and Stuart Goldring have been advising the US arm of Japan-based auto parts company Takata on the tax aspects of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy and the related $1.6bn asset sale to Key Safety Systems. Mark Schwed acted for the Chinese HNA Group regarding tax issues relating to its $6.5bn acquisition of a 25% stake in Hilton Worldwide Holdings from affiliates of Blackstone.

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Kenneth Heitner - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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The ‘very responsive’ practice at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLPgives very practical advice’ in relation to M&A, capital markets, private equity, investment funds, bankruptcy, restructuring and REITs matters. Major highlights included Kenneth Heitner advising Reynolds American on its $60.6bn sale to British American Tobacco, and Stuart Goldring’s work on the $9.8bn Chapter 11 of client Westinghouse Electric. Chayim Neubort advised General Electric on selling GE Industrial Solutions to Swiss company ABB for 2.6bn. In the funds space, Stanley Ramsay assisted Genstar Capital with the formation of its eighth buyout fund. The ‘solution-oriented and business-savvy’ Mark Schwed, who in 2017 advised on several M&A transactions for American Securities, and fund taxation lawyer Robert Frastai are also recommended. All mentioned partners are based in New York. In March 2018, Noah Beck joined from Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP.

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