Mark D. Gerstein, a partner in the Chicago and New York offices of Latham & Watkins, is a Global Chair of the firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions Group. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions both in the US and globally, corporate governance and takeover defense planning. He has frequently represented special committees of boards of directors and bidders and financial advisors in going-private and other conflict of interest transactions. His experience also includes advancing and defending both friendly and unsolicited tender offers and he has similarly represented both insurgents and management in proxy contests for the control of public companies.
Mr. Gerstein’s M&A transactions have included Koch Industries, Inc.’s $22 billion acquisition of Georgia-Pacific Corp.; representation of the Special Committee of the board of directors of the Chicago Board of Trade in its $12 billion merger with the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Host Marriott Corporation’s $4.1 billion acquisition of Starwood Hotels’ REIT and related properties, and Nicor Gas in its $3.2 billion combination with AGL Group.