Mr Marc Weingarten > Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile

Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10022
United States
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Work Department

Shareholder Activism, Mergers & Acquisitions, Hedge Funds, Investment Management, Private


Marc Weingarten focuses his practice on shareholder activism, mergers & acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, corporate governance, securities law and investment partnerships. Marc serves as co-chair of the firm’s global Shareholder Activism Group and is also a member of the M&A and Securities Group and the Investment Management Group. He was selected twice as “Dealmaker of the Year” by The American Lawyer for his representation of Cerberus Capital Management in its acquisition of a controlling interest in GMAC from General Motors and most recently for his work on some of the fiercest shareholder activism campaigns and proxy contests in the market. He also represented Cerberus in the acquisition of control of Chrysler from Daimler; its acquisition, by tender offer, of a controlling interest in Aozora Bank in Japan; and in numerous other transactions. He has represented private equity fund Castle Harlan in the organization of LBO funds and the negotiation of buyouts of restaurant chains, a media company, an insurance company, publishing ventures and other transactions. In addition to representing public and private companies in acquisitions and dispositions, he regularly counsels investors and companies on corporate governance and control issues. One of the leading lawyers representing activist investors, he has advised on many of the most significant activist campaigns, including The Trian Group in its successful proxy contests with Procter & Gamble and H.J. Heinz Co., The Children’s Investment Fund in its successful proxy contest with CSX Corp., JANA Partners and SAC Capital in their campaign involving Time Warner Inc., Elliott Management in many of its successful campaigns, JANA Partners in all of its many successful campaigns and Greenlight Capital in its campaign involving General Motors.

Marc is a member of the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association and the New York City Bar Association, having served on its Committee on Mergers, Acquisitions and Corporate Control Contests for multiple terms, and on its Committee on Corporation Law. He has been cited for his preeminence in both corporate law and investment fund practice in Chambers USAIFLR1000The Legal 500 USLawdragonWho’s Who and New York Super Lawyers. Marc received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where he was an editor of the Georgetown Law Journal, and his B.S. in finance from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.


American Bar Association; New York State Bar Association; New York City Bar Association.


Georgetown University Law Center, JD (Cases and Notes Editor, Georgetown Law Journal); University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School, BS Finance.

Lawyer Rankings

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

Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP boasts a full-service offering for activist investors, with core strengths in campaign strategies and proxy contests, strategic corporate governance, and litigation. In 2019, the firm successfully represented Starboard Value in its investment in Papa John’s, an unusual deal whereby Starboard was invited to make an investment and have its principal join the board as chairman to fend off a challenge from the company’s founder, John Schnatter. The team also handled a number of standout matters for Elliott Management and Saba Capital Management. Based in New York, the practice is jointly led by Eleazer Klein and Marc Weingarten, both described by one client as ‘smart and seasoned‘, with the ‘creative‘ Aneliya Crawford also being involved in a number of large cases.