Gerstein, Mark D.

Mark D. Gerstein

Retired Partner

Mark D. Gerstein retired from the partnership on December 31, 2022. He was a corporate partner and previous Global Co-Chair of Latham & Watkins’ Mergers & Acquisitions Practice, advising clients on complex corporate transactions and corporate governance.

Mr. Gerstein regularly represented public and private companies, special committees of boards of directors, and financial advisors. Specifically, he helped clients navigate:

  • Mergers and acquisitions (M&A), including defending and advancing unsolicited bids
  • Cross-border public company combinations
  • Shareholder activism planning and defense
  • Special committee representation, including take-private transactions
  • Spin-off transactions

Mr. Gerstein has been widely recognized as a leading corporate lawyer. Clients have described him as a “superb negotiator with phenomenal commercial skills,” saying “his knowledge, skill and creativity contributes significantly to the success of the deal.”

Leadership/Pro Bono

Mr. Gerstein serves as an adjunct faculty member of the Northwestern University School of Law. He also serves on:

  • Northwestern University’s Ray Garrett Jr. Corporate and Securities Law Institute Steering Committee
  • Youth Guidance’s Board (current member, past chair) which serves at-risk children in Chicago Public Schools
  • University of Chicago Law School’s Advisory Council
  • The University of Michigan’s Dean’s Advisory Council at the School of Literature, Science, and Arts


  • JD, University of Chicago Law School, 1984
  • BA, University of Michigan, 1981