Diversity & Inclusion
Head of New York Tax Group
Stuart Finkelstein, head of the firm’s New York Tax Group, represents clients on a wide range of tax matters, with particular emphasis on mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, including spin-offs, debt and equity offerings, corporate and partnership restructurings, and joint ventures. He also provides tax guidance regarding executive compensation and tax controversy matters.
Mr. Finkelstein has been involved in a number of significant transactions in the financial services industry. For example, he has represented:
Mr. Finkelstein regularly is consulted on tax matters related to corporate restructurings. He has represented a number of clients in connection with restructurings involving tax-free spin-offs, including Autoliv AB; Citigroup Inc.; Culligan Water Technologies, Inc.; Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc. (formerly Gaylord Entertainment Company); Janus Capital Group, Inc.; J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.; and Samsonite Corporation. He also represented Loews Corporation in its split-off of Lorillard, Inc.
Mr. Finkelstein counsels clients on matters relating to financially troubled businesses, both in and out of bankruptcy proceedings, and he has provided tax advice in the bankruptcy reorganizations of Anchor BanCorp Wisconsin Inc. (named as the “Restructuring Deal of the Year (Over $250mm to $500mm)” for 2013 by The M&A Advisor; A.H. Robins Company, Inc.; Crowthers McCall Pattern, Inc.; E-II Holdings, Inc.; Exide Technologies; First City Bancorporation of Texas, Inc.; Fleming Companies, Inc.; GenTek Inc.; Globix Corporation; The Grand Union Company; Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Inc., Nortel Networks; Owens Corning; and Source Interlink Companies, Inc.
Mr. Finkelstein also advises real estate investment trusts (REITs) and advised Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc. in connection with its conversion to a REIT, as well as various debt and equity offerings and share repurchases.
He actively participates in various aspects of the firm’s administration and has served on a number of firm committees, including the Policy Committee, the firm’s governing body. Mr. Finkelstein serves on the boards of a number of not-for-profit organizations, including Hearts of Gold, Inc. and the Legal Aid Society’s Low Income Taxpayer Clinic. He also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Pitzer College. In 2012 and 2013, he received the Legal Aid Society’s Pro Bono Publico Award for his work with the Society’s Low Income Taxpayer Clinic and has been recognized numerous times by the New York State Bar Association as an Empire State Counsel Honoree for the pro bono work he has done over the years.
Mr. Finkelstein has been named among the nation’s top tax practitioners by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Legal 500 U.S., International Tax Review’s World Tax Guide, Tax Directors Handbook, Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who Legal: Corporate Tax and Turnarounds and Workouts’ list of Top Bankruptcy Tax Specialists in the Nation’s Major Law Firms. He has spoken around the country and published several articles on a variety of corporate tax planning matters.
J.D., The University of Michigan Law School, 1985 (cum laude)
B.B.A., The University of Michigan School of Business Administration, 1982 (with distinction)