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-SPAC 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.
Rising Star, New York Law Journal (2022)
Recommended, M&A/corporate and commercial: M&A: large deals ($1bn+), The Legal 500 US (2020, 2021)
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