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Mark D. Gerstein

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Mark D. Gerstein is the past global Co-chair of the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions Practice and a partner in the Corporate Department of Latham & Watkins. Mr. Gerstein's practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, both in the US and globally, corporate governance (including in the restructuring context) and takeover defense planning. He has frequently represented special committees of boards of directors, bidders and financial advisors in going-private and other conflict of interest transactions.

Position

Corporate Partner

Career

http://www.lw.com/people/mark-gerstein


United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: large deals ($1bn+)

Within: Leading lawyers

Mark Gerstein - Latham & Watkins LLP

Within: M&A: large deals ($1bn+)

Latham & Watkins LLP has an outstanding national and international presence, enabling it to develop tight connections to corporates and be in the frame for one-off bet-the-company M&A engagements. Ranging from high-value to middle market deals, the firm has a substantial pipeline of deals, which feeds a sizeble team. Clients include T-Mobile USA, Dell Technologies, DXC Technology Company, Novelis and Phillips 66 Partners. In the large-cap space, the firm has impressed in a number of transactions, including advising the committee of independent directors of T-Mobile on the company's proposed $146bn combination with Sprint. In another headline deal, the firm advised the special committee formed by the board of directors of Tesla on evaluating its $71.6bn going-private transaction. Charles Ruck has built an enviable record in large-cap deals, especially in the life sciences and telecoms sectors, and now splits his time between Orange County and New York. Luke Bergstrom is a big name in Silicon Valley, particularly in technology and life sciences deals, while Mark Gerstein and Bradley Faris are the senior figures in Chicago. Having joined the firm in 2017 to bolster the New York office Peter Harwich has advised on a series of headline deals DXC Technology Group, including its $6.5bn reverse Morris trust transaction involving the tax-free spin-off of its US public sector business and three-way merger with Vencore and KeyPoint Government Solutions to form Perspecta.

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Shareholder activism

Within: Shareholder activism

Latham & Watkins LLP regularly acts for company boards in the defense of activist campaigns. Mark Gerstein and Christopher Drewry in Chicago, and Scott Herlihy in Washington DC, advised Owens-Illinois on an activist campaign brought by Atlantic Investment Management. Gerstein and Michael Dillard in Houston advised QEP Resources on an investment in the company by Elliott Management. In Silicon Valley, Tad Freese and Josh Dubofsky acted for e.l.f. Beauty in its relations with Marathon Partners, while Dubofsky, Ruck, Mark Roerder and Alan Mendelson advised Mellanox Technologies on its relationship with Starboard Value. Other clients include Aratana Theraputics and Cars.com, the latter of which the team advised on an investment in Starboard Value by Drewery, Aslani Far and Gerstein. Other key figures include Dennis Craythorn and Adel Aslani-Far in New York, Peter Handrinos in Boston, and Patrick Pohlen in Silicon Valley, the last of whom advised Calix on a campaign brought by Voce Capital Management.

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