Mark D. Gerstein

Mark D. Gerstein is a global Chair of the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions Practice. His 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. 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 has provided mergers and acquisitions counseling to numerous public and private companies, including A.O. Smith, Delphi Automotive, GATX Corporation, Host Hotels and Resorts (a public REIT), IDEX Corporation, Koch Industries, Libbey Inc., Orbitz Worldwide Inc., QEP Resources, Inc., Simon Property Group 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 the 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.