Lukas Kutilek is an associate in the New York office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the firm’s Tax Department.

Mr. Kutilek represents US and non-US corporations, private equity funds, investment banks, and other public and private companies with respect to US federal income taxation in domestic and international contexts.

He advises clients on domestic and cross-border mergers, acquisitions and dispositions, spin-offs, in-court and out-of-court restructurings, reorganizations and workouts, public and private financing transactions, and the formation and operation of joint ventures, funds, and SPACs.

Mr. Kutilek was named a Rising Star in the 2022 edition of the Expert Guides published by Euromoney and was a recommended attorney in World Tax 2018 published by International Tax Review.  He co-authored International Comparative Legal Guide (ICLG) – USA: Corporate Tax Laws and Regulations 2021 and chapters on acquisitions and post-acquisition planning in Tax on Inbound Investment in USA published by Lexology. Mr. Kutilek frequently speaks on topics related to international taxation in the United States and abroad, including at the International Fiscal Association, University of Michigan Law School and Charles University, Faculty of Law. In 2024, Mr. Kutilek served as the Chair of Tax Section of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA)'s Under 10 Committee.

Mr. Kutilek's experience includes representing:

  • Endeavor in its pending US$13 billion sale to Silver Lake
  • Vacasa in its US$4.5 billion merger with TPG Pace Solutions
  • The Carlyle Group in its take-private acquisition of ManTech International at an enterprise value of approximately US$4.2 billion
  • Venture Global in its US$21 billion Plaquemines LNG project financing, consisting of a US$13.2 billion phase one investment and US$7.8 billion phase two investment
  • JOANN, a leading national retailer of sewing, arts, and crafts, in its prepackaged chapter 11 restructuring of over US$1 billion of funded debt
  • National CineMedia Inc. in the restructuring of National CineMedia LLC through its chapter 11 bankruptcy
  • MD Helicopters in connection with its chapter 11 bankruptcy and sale transaction, selected as Distressed M&A Deal of the Year (over US$100M) in the 17th Annual Turnaround Awards
  • Robertshaw US Holding Corp. and its US subsidiaries in their chapter 11 cases
  • The lead arrangers and lenders on the financing for ICON's acquisition of PRA Health Sciences
  • The creditors in connection with the US$3.5 billion cross-border chapter 11 case of GTT Communications
  • Carlyle in the acquisition of the US$787 million CLO business of CBAM Partners
  • Odyssey Investment Partners in the £500 million sale of Tysers to AUB Group Limited
  • One Rock in the acquisition of a US$500 million minority stake in Brightview
  • Binance.US in the US$500 million sale of Voyager Digital
  • Vital Pharmaceuticals in the US$362 million sale of Bang Energy to Monster Beverage
  • Shift4 Payments in its US$300 million acquisition of The Giving Block
  • Endeavor in its acquisition of 14 MLB Professional Development League Clubs, as well as the creation of Diamond Baseball Holdings
  • Hilton Worldwide Holdings in its US$210 million acquisition of Graduate Hotels
  • Audacy in a variety of liability management transactions in its chapter 11 case
  • Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. in its US$21 billion sale to Analog Devices, Inc.*
  • A global pharmaceutical company in its approximately US$13 billion sale of nearly all of its stake in a leading biotechnology company through a registered public offering and related share repurchase and in its up to US$470 million acquisition of Tidal Therapeutics, Inc.*
  • A co-investor in an Onex-led US$1.8 billion investment in Convex Group Ltd.*
  • A principal shareholder in Telesat Canada in connection with the merger of Loral Space & Communications and Telesat Canada to form a new publicly-traded Telesat Corporation*
  • J.Crew Group, Inc. and its debtor-affiliates, one of the nation’s premier clothing retailers with approximately US$2 billion in funded debt and 13,000 employees, in their pre-arranged chapter 11 cases*
  • syncreon Group Holdings B.V., and its affiliates, in its groundbreaking, cross-border balance sheet restructuring involving approximately US$1.1 billion of funded debt, effected through the first-ever use of a pre-arranged English scheme to restructure debt issued by a US-based global enterprise, and recognized as the 2020 International Company Transaction of the Year by the Turnaround Management Association*
  • The Government of the United Kingdom as part of a 50/50 consortium with Bharti Global Limited in the consortium’s acquisition, in a chapter 11 court-supervised sale process, of OneWeb Global Limited*
  • Iron Mountain Incorporated in private offerings aggregating US$3.5 billion pursuant to Rule 144A of senior unsecured notes to repay existing indebtedness*
  • The initial purchasers and arrangers in Hellman & Friedman portfolio company Verisure’s €1.6 billion financing consisting of senior secured notes and a senior secured credit facility*

*Matter handled prior to joining Latham

Bar Qualification

  • New York


  • LL.M., New York University School of Law, 2021
  • J.D., University of Michigan Law School, 2018
    magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
  • Mgr., Charles University, Faculty of Law, 2015
    summa cum laude

Languages Spoken

  • Czech
  • English
  • Slovak