George Kern

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George Calvin Kern, Jr.
Born (1926-04-19)April 19, 1926
Baltimore, Maryland
Died November 27, 2012(2012-11-27) (aged 86)[1]
New York City
Nationality United States
Alma mater Princeton University (A.B.)
Yale Law School (LL.B.)
Occupation Corporate lawyer
Employer Sullivan & Cromwell

George Calvin Kern, Jr. (April 19, 1926 – November 27, 2012), a native of Baltimore, Maryland, was a leading New York corporate lawyer in the 1970s and 1980s.


After graduating from Princeton (1947) and Yale Law School (1952),[2] Kern joined Sullivan & Cromwell where he became a partner in 1960. Kern was widely viewed among the legal professional as a uniquely colorful figure who dabbled in all aspects of corporate law. When the mergers & acquisitions boom started in the 1970s, most established corporate law firms refused this sort of work and left it to upstarts such as Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. Kern, alone among elite Wall Street corporate lawyers, understood that mergers would change the face of corporate America and relished the takeover battles of the day. Kern was widely viewed as one of the early leaders at the M&A bar together with Joseph H. Flom and Martin Lipton. Kern retired from active practice in 1994.


  1. ^ "George C. Kern Jr., Expert in Merger Law, Dies at 86". New York Times. 29 November 2012. Retrieved 8 June 2015. 
  2. ^ George C. Kern, Jr.

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