Kevin Rinker is Co-Chair of the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions Group. Mr. Rinker has a broad-based transactional practice with extensive experience advising multinational corporations and private equity firms in structuring and negotiating mergers, acquisitions, investments, divestitures, licensing arrangements and other corporate transactions. He has handled matters across many industries, with experience in the business services, energy, financial services, healthcare, industrials, media and technology sectors, among others. Mr. Rinker has represented a number of leading corporate and private equity clients, including American Express, The Blackstone Group, The Carlyle Group, Cerberus Capital Management, Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, Envision Healthcare, General Electric, Hospital Corporation of America, Johnson & Johnson, Morgan Stanley Private Equity, Nestlé S.A. and Providence Equity Partners.
Mr. Rinker is ranked as a leading lawyer in the private equity buyouts category of Chambers Global (2021). He is also ranked for both M&A and private equity buyouts by Chambers USA (2021) and is one of only seven M&A lawyers in the U.S. ranked in both categories. He is described as “very smart, creative and thorough,” with “a strong ability to identify the most material issues and succinctly articulate how to address them or how to think through downside scenarios.” Recognized by clients for his “commercial mind set” and “ability to understand, develop and present unique solutions,” clients reveal that he is “able to anticipate issues across a number of fronts” and that his negotiation skills make a significant difference in a transaction. He is also recommended for M&A and healthcare by The Legal 500 US (2021), with previous editions of the guide describing him as “very accessible and commercial,” “a strong negotiator,” “extremely client oriented” and “calm under fire.” Clients say he has the “experience base, familiarity with market precedents and ability to help create unique structures to position clients to make the best deals they can.” Mr. Rinker is also ranked as a leading lawyer by IFLR1000 (2020).
He was selected by The New York Times as a member of the next generation of leading deal makers and was included in its “Facebook of Wall Street’s Future.” Mr. Rinker was twice named a “Law360 MVP” (2013, 2016) for his exceptional work in private equity. In addition, Mr. Rinker led the firm’s representation of Access Industries, as part of a consortium with Apollo Global Management and Riverstone Holdings, in its $7.15 billion acquisition of the oil and gas exploration and production assets of El Paso, which was named “Private Equity Deal of the Year” by International Financial Law Review.
Mr. Rinker is a frequent author and speaker on topics relating to mergers & acquisitions. He is a contributing author of the Debevoise & Plimpton Private Equity Report and is the co-editor of, and contributor to, the Health Care Mergers and Acquisitions Answer Book (Practising Law Institute, 2020), an extensive reference guide addressing structuring, regulatory, due diligence and documentation issues in healthcare M&A and licensing transactions.
Mr. Rinker joined Debevoise in 2000 and became a partner in 2007. He received his B.A. in 1994 from Tufts University and his J.D. in 1999 from the Georgetown University Law Center, where he was on the editorial board of The Tax Lawyer and served as a Teaching Fellow in the LL.M. program. Mr. Rinker is a member of the Board of Directors of Partnership with Children, a nonprofit organization that assists at-risk youths in the New York City area.