Anthony Vincenzo Sexton

Partner Tax


Anthony Sexton is a tax partner in Kirkland’s Chicago office.

The principal focus of Anthony’s practice is representing debtors, creditors, and potential investors in connection with in- and out-of-court debt workout and restructuring matters. Anthony has been listed as a “Bankruptcy Tax Specialist in the Nation’s Major Law Firms” by Turnarounds & Workouts since 2018. In addition to his debt workout and restructuring matters, Anthony represents both public and private equity clients in M&A transactions, company tax planning, capital markets work, and debt financing transactions.

Anthony also is actively involved in thought leadership relating to the tax matters that are relevant to distressed companies through regular speaking engagements, publications, participation in regulatory comment letter processes, and law school teaching.


Thought Leadership

Speaking Engagements

Practising Law Institute, Tax Strategies for Corporation Acquisitions, Dispositions, Spin-Offs, Joint Ventures, Financings, Reorganizations & Restructurings 2019, Tax Strategies for Financially Troubled Businesses and Other Loss Companies (Forthcoming, December 2019).

Tax Executives Institute, 2019 Mergers & Acquisitions Seminar, Acquisitions of Troubled Companies (Forthcoming, November 2019).

ABA Tax Section 2019 Fall Meeting, Built-In Items (October 2019).

American Bankruptcy Institute Webinar, Tax Reform Crash Course for Bankruptcy (February 2019).

Strafford Publications Webinar, Impact of Tax Reform on Financially Distressed Companies: Operating and Restructuring Challenges (January 2019).

ABA Tax Section 2019 Midyear Tax Meeting, Section 163(j) (January 2019).

2018 Texas Federal Tax Institute, Developments in Distressed Company Taxation (June 2018).

70th Annual University of Chicago Federal Tax Conference, Uncertainties, Inconsistencies, and Illogical Outcomes Involving the Distinction Between Recourse and Nonrecourse Debt (November 2017).

Publications and Related Materials

Comments Concerning Proposed Regulations under Section 163(j) and its Interaction with Section 108, ABA Section of Taxation (Principal Drafting Responsibility) (May 2019).

Tax Reform for Restructuring Lawyers, Commercial & Regulatory Law, an ABI Committee Newsletter (March 2018).

Uncertainties, Inconsistencies, and Illogical Outcomes Involving the Distinction Between Recourse and Nonrecourse Debt, 96 Taxes 3 (2018).

Indubitably Uncertain: Philadelphia Newspapers and the Role of Valuation Uncertainty in Attempted Cramdown of All-Equity Plans, 28 Emory Bankr. Dev. J. 55 (2012).

Comment, Current Problems and Trends in the Administration of Transnational Insolvencies Involving Enterprise Groups, 12 Chi. J. Int'l. L. 811 (2012).

Teaching Engagements

Adjunct Professor, University of Chicago Law School, Tax Issues in Bankruptcy.

Adjunct Professor, University of Chicago Law School, Business Planning.


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2011Illinois


  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit2012


  • University of Chicago Law SchoolJ.D.2011

    Sole Recipient of Highest Honors in the Class of 2011

    Order of the Coif

    Kirkland & Ellis Scholar

    Comments and Developments Editor, Chicago Journal of International Law

    University of Chicago Corporate Laboratory, Student Director

  • University of Wisconsin-MilwaukeeB.F.A., Music Education

    High Honors