Mark D. Gerstein is the past Global Co-Chair of Latham & Watkins' Mergers & Acquisitions Practice and a partner in the Corporate Department. 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. He regularly counsels boards of directors on planning for shareholder activism and responding to and defending against activism should it arise. His experience also includes advancing and defending both friendly and unsolicited tender offers.
Mr. Gerstein has provided mergers and acquisitions counseling to numerous public and private companies, including ACCO Brands, Aptiv PLC, A.O. Smith, Baxter Healthcare, Cars.com, E*Trade, GATX Corporation, Host Hotels and Resorts (a public REIT), Koch Industries, Simon Property Group, TechnipFMC PLC, and The Toro Company. Mr. Gerstein also advises lenders and financial advisors in financial and strategic acquisitions.
Mr. Gerstein served as an adjunct faculty member of the Northwestern University School of Law and he serves on the executive committee of Northwestern University’s Ray Garrett Jr. Corporate and Securities Law Institute and was chair of its 2007 program.
Mr. Gerstein serves on the Board of Trustees of Ravinia Festival and is a current member and past Chair of the Board of Directors of Youth Guidance, which serves at-risk children in the Chicago Public Schools.