Mr Kenneth Lefkowitz > 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, Mergers and Acquisitions.


Concentrates on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, public and private financings, corporate governance, proxy contests, venture capital private equity.


Deputy Chair of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP Co-Chair of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP Corporate Department Member of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP Executive Committee Partner at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP since 1993.




Tufts University, B.A., 1980 (summa cum laude), Phi Beta Kappa Cornell Law School, J.D., 1983 (cum laude).

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Media, technology and telecoms > Media and entertainment: transactional

Attracting praise for its ‘unflinching commitment to addressing client needs‘, Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP’s media, technology and commercial transactions practice has experience handling matters throughout the television, film, gaming, music and social media sectors. Matthew Syrkin, who ‘goes out of his way to support his clients‘, chairs the media, technology and commercial transactions group. Other recommended lawyers include deputy head of the firm Kenneth Lefkowitz, and ‘dedicated‘ associate Dena Smith, who brings ‘great value‘ to transactions. In recent work highlights, the group advised John Varvatos Enterprises in connection with a multifaceted creative collaboration and sponsorship arrangement with singer Nick Jonas; assisted Bumble in launching the professional networking platform Bumble Bizz; and acted for Madison Square Garden Company in its acquisition of live entertainment technology and production company Obscura Digital.

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

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Kenneth Lefkowitz

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

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.