Michael J. Kearney, Jr.

Michael Kearney is of Counsel to Satterlee Stephens LLP and practices tax law with a focus on transactional tax matters. 

Mr. Kearney advises on the tax aspects of domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, debt financings and financial restructuring involving corporations, partnerships and LLCs.  He counsels clients on matters involving controlled foreign corporations (CFCs), passive foreign investment companies (PFICs), effectively connected income (ECI), unrelated business taxable income (UBTI), and income tax treaties.

In the private investment funds area, Mr. Kearney has advised both fund sponsors and significant LP investors on the tax structuring of private equity fund and hedge fund formations, co-investments, and secondary transactions for domestic and foreign funds.  He also represents non-U.S. resident individuals on strategic tax planning and structuring related to U.S. investments.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Kearney was Senior Counsel in the Tax Group at the law firm Morrison Cohen LLP in New York City.  He was also a Manager in the M&A Tax practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in New York City. 

Publications and Presentations:

Speaker– Recent Regulatory Updates in Distressed Debt and Restructurings:  What Lies Ahead in 2017 (Webcast sponsored by The Knowledge Group, October 7, 2016)

M. Kearney and I. Grossman, Tax Changes Could Help Fuel M&A Boom, Buyouts (April 12 2010).

Panelist – Tax and Regulatory Concerns for U.S. Distressed Investments –Private Equity Tax & Compliance Practices conference (sponsored by Institute for International Research and held on June 25, 2010 in Boston, MA).

Bar Admissions:

Mr. Kearney is admitted to practice in New York, Connecticut and District of Columbia. 

Contact Information



(212) 404-8715


Practice Areas: 


New York University School of Law, LLM Taxation
The Catholic University of America, JD., cum laude
Villanova University, BS


New York
District of Columbia
United States Tax Court