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Leonard Kreynin

Davis Polk & Wardwell

New York, NY, USA

Leonard Kreynin is a partner in Davis Polk's Corporate Department. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, joint ventures, restructurings, spinoffs, corporate governance and related matters.


  • Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners in its disposition of a 50% stake in SAESA, a Chilean electric utility
  • Metalmark Capital in its acquisition and subsequent disposition of Tegrant
  • Transaction Committee of Quicksilver Resources in connection with a potential "going private" transaction proposed by its Chairman and CEO
  • Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners in its acquisition of a cogeneration plant and distribution system from NSTAR and formation of a related joint venture with Veolia
  • Corsair Capital in its minority investment in East West Bancorp
  • GHL Acquisition Corp. in its acquisition of Iridium
  • Citigroup in its rescue transaction with Wachovia
  • Sallie Mae in its proposed acquisition by an investor group led by J.C. Flowers
  • Health Medical Associates in its recapitalization
  • AIG in the acquisition of Kinder Morgan by an investor group, which included AIG
  • Gillette in its acquisition by Procter & Gamble
  • Shire Pharmaceuticals in its acquisition of Transkaryotic Therapies
  • Comcast in a number of transactions, including At Home restructuring, the proposed merger with MediaOne, a number of cable systems acquisitions and the unwinding of Comcast's joint venture with Insight
  • J.P. Morgan in its acquisition of Microsoft employee stock options and the related tender offer
  • MascoTech in its leveraged buyout by Heartland Industrial Partners
  • Qwest Communications in its hostile bids for US WEST and Frontier and its merger with US WEST

Mr. Kreynin has also represented Morgan Stanley Capital Partners, Metalmark Capital Partners, DLJ Merchant Banking, Avista Capital Partners, Tailwind Capital Partners and other private equity funds in their acquisitions, dispositions and investments. His other representations have included a variety of cross-border transactions, special committees in transactions involving controlling shareholders and financial institutions in their M&A advisory activities.

Recognized as a leading lawyer in:

  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business.
  • The Legal 500, United States


  • Partner, 1999-present
  • Associate, Davis Polk, 1991-1999
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Laurence H. Silberman, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, 1990-1991

Bar Admissions

  • State of New York


  • B.A., Columbia University, 1986
    • Phi Beta Kappa
  • M.A., Columbia University, 1987
  • J.D., Columbia Law School, 1989
    • Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
    • Notes and Comments Editor, Columbia Law Review

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