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Latham & Watkins LLP
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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.


Corporate Partner


Lawyer Rankings

United States > M&A/corporate and commercial > Shareholder activism

Latham & Watkins LLP has ‘significant and very relevant experience‘ advising company boards on their response to activist shareholders. Throughout 2019, the team acted for clients against campaigns from investors including Elliott Management, Starboard Value, and Carl Icahn. Key figures in the Chicago office include the ‘very practical’ Mark Gerstein and Bradley Faris, who maintains a broad M&A practice. Also recommended in Chicago is senior attorney Tiffany Campion. Looking elsewhere, Charles Ruck in Orange County handles a range of transactional and advisory matters, including hostile takeovers, securities transactions, and strategic corporate governance matters, while Ryan Maierson in Houston leads the firm’s pubic company representation practice.

United States > M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: large deals ($1bn+)

(Hall of Fame)

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Latham & Watkins LLP is consistently active in large-cap transactions, where it acts for a variety of clients ranging from emerging companies to Fortune 500 corporates and multinationals. The firm has acted on high-profile transactions in key regulated industries, including financial services, media, and telecoms, where standout highlights include advising T-Mobile on its $146bn merger with Sprint. Additionally, the firm is well placed to handle complex multi-jurisdictional deals, owing to its nationwide and global platform, including key offices in New York, Chicago, Boston, Silicon Valley, and Houston. The ‘exceptionally talented‘ practice is jointly led by Silicon Valley-based partner Luke Bergstrom and Houston-based Michael Dillard. Other names to note include Mark Gerstein in Chicago, who works on complex cross-border transactions, and Charles Ruck, who advises on transactions in several tech and innovation-related industries from both New York and Orange County. Large-cap and PE specialist Justin Hamill joined the team from Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP in early 2019, boosting the firm’s capabilities and adding major corporates such as Virgin Galactic to the client roster.