Costa N. Kensington is a shareholder in the New York and Stamford offices of Anderson Kill and is chair of the Corporate and Securities Department. His areas of practice include corporate and commercial transactions, corporate governance, corporate finance and securities, including mergers, acquisitions and financial restructuring, and venture investments. Many of these transactions are international/cross border and involve foreign jurisdictions and taxes.
Mr. Kensington's experience extends to a wide variety of business affairs, from working with private and publicly held companies, to limited liability companies and venture and MLP partnerships. The variety of businesses has allowed for representation of many foreign corporations with respect to their U.S. and international business interests, including South America, Asia and Europe.
Mr. Kensington is a member of Anderson Kill's Financial Services Industry Group.
Mr. Kensington is also a contributor to Anderson Kill's Financial Services Law blog.
He is rated "AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated," the top rating, by his peers as listed in Martindale Hubbell.1
Quadrant Capital, Prudential Financial, Kraft Foods, Navios Maritime Holdings, Pyrander Capital, Chiquita Brands, The Republic of Cyprus, Deltec Holdings, General Bank, Thames Pharmacal Company, Inc., InterLeukin-2, Ultrafem, Inc. and various private equity funds and smaller broker/dealers in many securities or commercial transactions. He recently served as lead counsel to a group of hedge funds being sold to a large public asset management firm, a dry bulk shipping company in its sale to a publicly traded maritime company, a foreign issuer in its US IPO equity offering, co-counsel to a Swedish public corporation selling its animal health U.S. subsidiary, special counsel in connection with acquisitions by HCA (Hospital Corporation of America) and as primary corporate counsel to several manufacturing, publishing, clothing, maritime and pharmaceutical corporations. Costa has also served on various Boards of Directors and as a member of the Audit Committee of a New York Stock Exchange listed Company. Costa has successfully represented stockholders in "contests" for corporate control of both private and public corporations and advised boards of directors and executive officers on corporate governance matters and their fiduciary duties.
While attending Rutgers University, Costa was elected a "Henry Rutgers Scholar" and participated as Business Editor of the "Rutgers Journal of Computers and Law." Prior to joining Anderson, Kill & Olick, Costa was a founding member of Kensington & Ressler LLC, a business law firm operating in New York City for over 20 years, and was an associate attorney with Sullivan & Cromwell and with Skadden Arps in New York City.
"A Guide To Avoid Becoming An Accidental Activist Investor" (May 2013) (with Andrew M. Walsh)
"Update: Delaware Amendment in Response to Schoon v. Troy," The John Liner Review, Vol. 23 No. 2 (Summer 2009) (with Wendy J. Williamson)
"Corporate Responses to D&O Indemnification Following Schoon v. Troy," The John Liner Review, Vol. 23, No. 1 (Spring 2009) (with Wendy J. Williamson)
"Retaining Financial Advisors and Investment Bankers," AKO Corporate & Securities (Winter 2006/2007) (with Wendy J. Williamson)
New York, Connecticut, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the United States Supreme Court
BritishAmerican Business (BAB); Member of the Year, Cyprus – U.S. Chamber of Commerce
The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, New York State and American Bar Associations, New York County Lawyers Association
Rutgers University, J.D.
Rutgers University, B.A.
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