Marlen Kruzhkov concentrates his practice in the areas of corporate and transactional law. Acting in the interests of major public and privately-held entities, not-for-profits, investment banks, hedge funds, private equity firms, officers, directors, wealthy investors and family offices, he provides sophisticated counsel in a broad spectrum of matters including mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, financing transactions, venture capital and private equity investments, restructurings and employee relations. Marlen also has significant experience representing clients in business litigation, particularly contract, securities, real estate and employment disputes.
With a strong client base domestically and abroad, Marlen has extensive experience counseling corporate and high net-worth clients with respect to complex litigation and transactional matters throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. Fluent in Russian, Marlen is one of the foremost attorneys in the United States advising Russian-speaking clients regarding their international legal needs and counts among his clientele numerous entities and high net-worth individuals in Russia, the Ukraine and other countries in the former Soviet Union.
Marlen’s active caseload includes representing an ultra-high net-worth individual from the Republic of Georgia in federal and state court litigation throughout the United States; representing a major not-for-profit organization in connection with alleged misconduct by members of its Board of Directors; representing a major financial institution in an arbitration against a large credit union; and various complex corporate transactions relating to the hospitality and media sectors.
Prior to forming Kruzhkov Russo, Marlen practiced at prominent international law firms, including Latham & Watkins and Schulte, Roth & Zabel, where he acted on corporate matters for a range of blue-chip clients, including DIRECTV, Nintendo and Fortune 500 healthcare companies.
An active leader in the community, Marlen is a former Co-Chairman of the Russian Leadership Division of the United Jewish Appeal (UJA); a member of the Board of Directors of the Russian American Jewish Experience (RAJE); and President, Founder, Board member and former Chairman of the Russian Speaking Business Attorneys Network (RUSBAN). Marlen is the first Russian speaking judge appointed to the Special Court of the American Zionist Movement.
Marlen received his undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from Boston University and his law degree from Northwestern University School of Law. Marlen is admitted to practice in the States of New York and New Jersey, before the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the District of New Jersey and the United States Supreme Court. Marlen is a member of the New York Bar and the New Jersey Bar.