Richard Bernstein Partner

New YorkNew Jersey
T 646.414.6842 (NY), 973.422.6714 (NJ) | F 973.422.6715

Richard advises leading U.S. and international investment managers; pooled investment vehicles; and other large, publicly traded and privately held businesses. He focuses on matters related to mergers and acquisitions, complex investment transactions, corporate finance, significant strategic initiatives, derivatives, business law, and compliance.

Substantial experiential knowledge of global business informs Richard’s legal work. Before becoming a lawyer, he pursued a successful career in the real estate development, finance, and mergers and acquisitions industries. Richard led numerous acquisitions, financings, and dispositions, including transactions in the U.S., the Caribbean Basin, Europe, and the former Soviet Union. He is also licensed as a certified public accountant.

In recognition of his exemplary legal experience in global finance and business, Richard was invited to serve as a visiting lecturer of law at the University of Novi Sad, Republic of Serbia, as part of the American Bar Association’s Balkans Regional Rule of Law Network Program funded by the U.S. Department of State.

Representative Engagements

Leading a worldwide team of attorneys in providing counsel to Cerberus Capital Management, L.P. in its $1.1 billion acquisition, through a Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding, of Tower Automotive, Inc., a global manufacturer of vehicle components.
Representing a domestic private company in the disposition of its joint venture interest in a Mexican manufacturer.
Representing management in a buyout of a United States manufacturing division from its Taiwanese parent.
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Other Distinctions

  • Super Lawyers (2013–2015) – Recognized as a "Rising Star."


The Big Bang: Major Changes in the Governance Provisions for CDS Transactions
Derivatives Financial Products Report, May 2009
Richard Bernstein
THE BIG BANG: Adherence Period Opens for CDS Market Participants to Elect New CDS Governance Provisions
IM/Derivatives Client Alert, March 11, 2009
Richard Bernstein
Limited Time for Holders of Lehman Brothers Credit Default Swaps to Participate in ISDA Settlement Protocol
Investment Management Alert, October 5, 2008
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Press Mentions

In a New York Law Journal article, Lowenstein Sandler's election of Richard Bernstein and Matthew A. Magidson to Members of the Firm is highlighted. , New York Law Journal , January 9, 2012
In New Jersey Law Journal, Millburn-Short Hills Patch and articles, Lowenstein Sandler's election of Richard Bernstein, Richard J. Horne, Michael T.G. Long and Matthew A. Magidson to Members of the Firm is highlighted. , New Jersey Law Journal, Millburn-Short Hills Patch, , January 2012

Related Areas

Capital Markets & Securities
Derivatives and Structured Products
Investment Management
Mergers & Acquisitions


Rutgers Law School ( J.D. , 2005 ) , with high honors, Order of the Coif; Managing Business Editor, Rutgers Computer and Technology Law Journal
Babson College ( B.S. , 1985 )

Bar Admissions

New York
New Jersey
District of Columbia

Court Admissions

2013 , U.S. Supreme Court
2008 , U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
2008 , U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
2008 , U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
2006 , U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
2006 , U.S. Tax Court


  • Certified Public Accountant
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • American Bar Association
  • Member, New Jersey District Ethics Committee