Russell Franklin counsels global private and publicly held companies in connection with structuring, and effecting, complex strategic transactions. This includes structuring and negotiating mergers and acquisitions (M&A), minority investments, and joint venture transactions for strategic and financial clients including private equity firms. His practice also includes general stock and asset transactions, and purchases and sales resulting from bankruptcy and out-of-court restructurings. Russell is a member of the firm’s SPAC Task Force and routinely counsels clients contemplating SPAC and de-SPACing transactions.
By focusing on understanding what his clients are looking to achieve, and leveraging his experience, Russell strives to provide creative solutions that allow his clients to meet their business objectives. In some instances, this amounts to Russell providing advice to clients throughout the entire lifecycle of a target including acquiring the asset, managing the asset and, where applicable, ultimately disposing of the asset. His clients can be found in numerous industries including healthcare, life sciences, retail, financial services, and media.
Before joining Morgan Lewis, Russell was a partner in the corporate practice of another global law firm, resident in New York.
The New York Times Company in its acquisition of Serial Productions, the company that produces the “Serial” podcast, and its strategic alliance with “This American Life” that will enable it to continue to collaborate on long-form audio stories with Serial Productions
Henry Thayer Company in the sale of substantially all of its assets and liabilities to L’Oréal USA, Inc.
Perrigo Company in its $113 million acquisition of the oral care assets of High Ridge Brands
The New York Times Company in its acquisition of Audm, a subscription-based audio app that offers listeners longform journalism read aloud by celebrated audiobook narrators
Far Point Acquisition Corp in its $2.6 billion acquisition of Global Blue (Switzerland), a payment services company for international shopping
A pharmaceutical company in its bid to acquire certain assets of another specialty pharmaceutical company through a 363 bankruptcy sale
Hostess Brands, Inc. in its $65 million sale of Superior Cake Products, Inc., an in-store bakery business, to Sara Lee Frozen Bakery
Perrigo Company plc (Ireland) in its $750 million acquisition of Ranir, LLC, an oral care company globally, with a comprehensive portfolio of more than 300 highly customized oral care solutions, including power toothbrush heads, power toothbrush handles, whitening strips, manual toothbrushes, floss, mouthwash, dentures, and travel kits
The largest private healthcare company in Peru in connection with its acquisition by a leading multi-format retailer in Latin America
A financial services macro research firm and registered broker dealer in connection with its acquisition by a national financial services provider
A China based private equity fund in connection with its purchase of the entities that manufacture and distribute SharkNinja branded consumer products
Counseled a private equity company in connection with the acquisition (and corresponding financing) of Super Stroke, a maker of golf grips and related accessories
A private equity company in connection with the sale of Waterpik to a consortium of private equity companies
A private equity company in connection with a leveraged recapitalization of Waterpik, via a senior secured first lien loan, in anticipation of its eventual disposition
An international investment bank in its acquisition of Drayer Physical Therapy Institute, a leading operator of outpatient physical therapy clinics focused on treating sports-related injuries
A local sports broadcasting entity in connection with the sale of a majority interest in YES Network to 21st Century Fox
An international investment bank in connection with the purchase of Colombian coal mining assets and related port and railway assets of Brazil’s Vale
An international investment bank in connection with the formation and ongoing management of Legends Hospitality, a full-service entertainment, sports, and hospitality service provider that partners with colleges and universities, professional sports teams, and municipalities
A full-service hospitality provider in connection with the formation of a joint venture with an affiliate of IMG Worldwide
Various companies in the financial services space with respect to negotiating third-party vendor contracts in light of material cybersecurity concerns
Harvard Law School, 2007, J.D.
Cornell University, 2004, B.A., Government and Economics, with distinction
Awards and Affiliations
Recommended, M&A/corporate and commercial: M&A: large deals ($1bn+), The Legal 500 US (2020)
Recognized, Top 40 under 40, The National Black Lawyers (2017)
Member, Board of Directors; Co-chair, Sponsorship Committee, Sonia & Celina Sotomayor Judicial Internship Program
Treasurer, Executive Board, Cornell Black Lawyers Alumni Network