Kenneth J. Bialkin’s practice encompasses a broad range of corporate and securities law matters, including activity in U.S. and international merger and acquisition and corporate finance transactions, and SEC enforcement matters.


Mr. Bialkin has extensive experience representing insurance companies, broker-dealers, investment and commercial bankers and other financial institutions.

In 1998, Mr. Bialkin represented Travelers Group in its merger with Citicorp. Previously, in 1997, he represented Travelers Group in its acquisition of Salomon Inc.  He also represented Citigroup in its acquisition of Schroders, Ltd. in 1999 and of Associates First Capital in 2000.

He represented NASDAQ Inc. in its restructuring to separate it from the NASD in 2000 and 2001 and in its development into a publicly owned enterprise.

Mr. Bialkin has been involved in some of the largest insurance company mergers and acquisitions in the United States. In 1995, he represented Metropolitan Life Insurance Company in its merger with New England Mutual Life Insurance Company. He also represented Travelers Group in its $4 billion acquisition of Aetna’s property-casualty operations and in financing transactions related to the acquisition.

In 1993, Mr. Bialkin led the firm’s representation of Metropolitan Life Insurance Company in its sale of Surplus Notes; Smith Barney in the acquisition of the brokerage and investment advisory business of Shearson Lehman Brothers; and Primerica Corporation in its merger with The Travelers Corporation.

Mr. Bialkin formerly represented the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. In that capacity, he advised the Institute regarding the development of auditing standards and the role and duties of accountants. He also counseled the institute on issues of civil liability and professional discipline, as well as regulation and self-regulation. He represented Marsh & McLennan in its acquisition of Johnson & Higgins in 1997 and of Sedgwick in 1999.

Mr. Bialkin has represented U.S. and international companies in connection with U.S. public and private offerings of securities, mergers and requisitions, and in connection with government and regulatory investigations by such agencies as the SEC and the Department of Justice.

Mr. Bialkin has repeatedly been selected for inclusion in Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, The Best Lawyers in America and Who’s Who in the World.



  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 1953
  • A.B., University of Michigan, 1950


  • New York


  • Member, National Conference of Lawyers and Certified Public Accountants (2007-Present)
  • Member, New York State Commission on Education Reform (2003-2004)
  • Member, Legal Advisory Committee (or subcommittees thereof) of the Board of Directors of the New York Stock Exchange, Inc., Subcommittee on International Securities Transactions (1989-1992)
  • Member, Special Committee on Audit Committees, American Stock Exchange, Inc. (1979)
  • Member, SEC Report Coordinating Group (1974-1977)
  • Chair, Committee on Federal Regulation of Securities, Section of Business Law, American Bar Association (1973-1978)
  • Chair, Committee to Study Foreign Investment in the United States, Section of Business Law, American Bar Association (1978-1979)
  • Chair, Section of Business Law, American Bar Association (1981-1982)
  • Chair, Ad Hoc Committee on Insider Trading Legislation, Section of Business Law, American Bar Association (1987-Present)
  • Advisor, Federal Securities Code Project, American Law Institute (1974-1980)
  • National Chair, Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith (1982-1986)
  • Chair, Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations (1984-1986)
  • President, New York County Lawyers’ Association (1986-1988)
  • Member, Board of Governors of Graduate Faculty, New School University (1989-Present)
  • Member, Board of Trustees and Secretary, Carnegie Hall (1991-Present)
  • Advisor, Corporate Governance Project, American Law Institute (1982-1992)
  • Public Member, Administrative Conference of the United States (1986-1992); Chair, Special Committee on Financial Services (1986-1992)
  • President, Jewish Community Relations Council of New York (1989-1992)
  • Chair, America-Israel Friendship League (1996-Present)
  • President, American Jewish Historical Society (1998-Present)
  • Chairman Emeritus, American Jewish Historical Society
  • Member, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Member, Board of Directors, White Nights Foundation of America


  • Adjunct Professor, New York University School of Law (1968-1986)
  • Director, Municipal Assistance Corporation for the City of New York
  • Director, Citigroup Inc. (1986-2002)

Kenneth J. Bialkin

Of Counsel, Mergers and Acquisitions; Capital Markets