Mr Avner Bengera > Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP
NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10004-1482
United States

Work Department

Corporate Department.


Avner Bengera is a partner in Hughes Hubbard & Reed’s Corporate Department. His primary focus is on public and private mergers and acquisitions (M&A), joint ventures and private equity transactions involving US and non-US clients.

His M&A experience spans, among others, the pharmaceutical, transportation, telecommunication, industrial, media, technology, consumer products and apparel industries, and includes auction sales (including in a bankruptcy context) and divisional sales. Most recently, Avner led deal teams in: TerraForm Power’s pending merger and sponsorship transaction with Brookfield Asset Management, Brambles Ltd.’s joint venture with First Reserve relating to their oil and gas containers solutions businesses, Heartland Food Products Group’s acquisition of the Splenda brand business from Johnson & Johnson and its related joint venture with Centerbridge Partners, Zoetis’ acquisition of the global animal health business of Abbott Laboratories, and multiple equity investments by KPMG Capital, an investment fund for KPMG member firms.

Avner also brings deep experience in cross-border deals, including working on transactions involving clients in Asia, Europe and Latin America. His representations include Daimler in various investments in the US, including in the leading electric car designer and manufacturer Tesla Motors, the administrators of Europe, the Middle East and Africa in multiple auction sales of the global businesses of Nortel Networks, and the largest tobacco company in the Philippines in the creation of its joint venture with Philip Morris.
In addition to his legal skills, Avner, who has a background in economics, was raised in Belgium and has lived on three continents, and uses his cross-cultural experience and language skills to execute complicated deals effectively, focusing on clients’ business objectives. He has been identified in The Legal 500 United States every year since 2012 as one of the top lawyers in the category of mergers and acquisitions.


Sullivan & Cromwell LLP (1999-2006) Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP (2006-Present); Partner since 2009.


English, Dutch, French, German, Hebrew.


New York University School of Law, J.D., 1999 University of Antwerp, LL.M Tax, 1996 University of Antwerp, M.S. Economics, 1995 University of Antwerp, B.S. Economics, 1993.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m)

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP ‘delivers fabulous client service and responsiveness and has a strong team for middle-market M&A‘. It acts in the full range of M&A deals, including auction bids, going-private matters, hostile takeover bids,  joint ventures and LBOs; other areas of strength are minority investments, open-market purchase programs, defensive planning measures, proxy fights, restructurings, spin-offs and stock acquisitions. The firm’s deputy chair Kenneth Lefkowitz, who is ‘commercially minded and efficient‘, led advice to Singapore-based Grab, a technology company offering ride-hailing transport services, in its acquisition of Uber’s Southeast Asia business. The co-M&A practice chairs are James Modlin, who has advised on transactions involving the specialty chemicals, life sciences and media sector and ‘has great understanding of how to complete a transaction‘, and Avner Bengera, who focuses on public and private M&A, joint ventures and private equity deals involving US and non-US companies. Modlin acted for Chiltern International, a specialty global contract research organization, in its sale to global life sciences company LabCorp; and Bengera assisted the corporate governance and conflicts committee of TerraForm Power (TP)’s board of directors with the sale of a majority stake in renewable energy company TP to global alternative asset manager Brookfield Asset Management. Charles Samuelson and Michael Traube  are also highly rated; Lefkowitz, Samuelson and Traube ‘will run through a wall for their clients‘. David Schwartz left for Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP’s New York office. All the above-listed partners are in New York.