Wachtell Lipton was founded on a handshake in 1965 as a small group of lawyers dedicated to providing advice and expertise at the highest levels. We have achieved extraordinary results following the distinctive vision of our founders -- a cohesive team of lawyers intensely focused on solving our clients' most important problems.
Our distinctive structure defines our approach.  We maintain a ratio of associates to partners significantly below that of other firms.  We focus on matters that require the attention, extensive experience and sophistication of our partners.
We have experience in the fields of mergers and acquisitions, strategic investments, takeovers and takeover defense, corporate and securities law and corporate governance. We handle some of the largest, most complex and demanding transactions in the United States and around the world.
Wachtell Lipton is dedicated to providing advice and expertise at the highest levels and achieving extraordinary results for our clients. We seek individuals who are talented, motivated and committed in order to maintain our record of excellence.
Gordon, Mark
Partner, Corporate
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Mark Gordon is a partner and 23 year veteran of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz’s Corporate Department, where he focuses on advising public companies and major leveraged buyout firms in domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, shareholder activism, takeover defense, restructurings, corporate governance and securities law matters.  Mark was selected by The American Lawyer as a Dealmaker of the Year for 2016.

Mr. Gordon is also a Robert B. and Candice J. Haas Lecturer in Corporate Finance Law at Harvard Law School, where he has taught a winter-term advanced Mergers & Acquisitions course annually since 2009.

Mr. Gordon joined Wachtell Lipton in 1994 and was elected partner in 2001. He received his B.A. magna cum laude from Yale University, and his J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard University. While at Harvard, he was executive editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review and was a member of the winning team in the Ames Moot Court Competition.

In addition, Mr. Gordon serves as:

  • a member of the Next Generation Council of the USC Shoah Visual History Foundation,
  • a permanent advisor to the Next Generation Leadership group of G100 (an organization focused on the development of future CEOs), and
  • a member of the board of the Yale Daily News Foundation. 

His M&A representations include:

  • Chicago Bridge and Iron in its $6 billion merger of equals with McDermott International
  • Bill Barrett in its $649 million combination with Fifth Creek Energy
  • CardConnect in its $750 million acquisition by First Data
  • Medivation in its $14.6 billion sale to Pfizer
  • Analog Devices in its $14.8 billion acquisition of Linear Technology
  • Valspar in its $11.3 billion sale to Sherwin-Williams
  • Airgas, Inc. in its $13.4 billion acquisition by Air Liquide S.A.
  • Alexion in its $8.4 billion acquisition of Synageva Biopharma
  • PetSmart in its $8.3 billion sale to a buying group led by BC Partners
  • Steris Corp. in its $1.9 billion acquisition of Synergy Health plc
  • Forest Oil in its $1.0 billion merger with Sabine Oil & Gas
  • Texas Industries in its $2.7 billion merger with Martin Marietta Materials
  • MAKO Surgical in its $1.65 billion sale to Stryker
  • Alibaba Group in its $7.2 billion repurchase of shares from Yahoo! and in connection with a transaction among Yahoo! and SoftBank to restructure control of Alibaba Group’s former Alipay.com subsidiary
  • CareCore in its $575mm sale to General Atlantic
  • Convergys Corporation in its $820mm acquisition of Stream Global Services and its $450 million sale of its information management business to NEC
  • Columbia Sportswear Company in its acquisition of prAna Living 
  • PPR in its acquisition of Volcom
  • Publicis in its acquisition of Rosetta
  • Groupe Casino in connection with its investment in and control of Companhia Brasileira de Distribuição
  • Atlas Energy in its $1.7 billion joint venture with Reliance Industries Limited and in its $4.3 billion acquisition by Chevron Corporation
  • Talecris Biotherapeutics in its $3.4 billion merger with Grifols S.A. of Spain
  • NCI Building Systems, Inc. in its restructuring and rescue investment transaction with Clayton, Dubilier & Rice 
  • Morgan Stanley in its receipt of a $9.0 billion investment from Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group
  • Ambac Financial Group in its $1.5 billion capital raise
  • Suncom Wireless in its $2.4 billion acquisition by T-Mobile 
  • Genesis Healthcare in its contested sale to a private buying group 
  • ElkCorp in its contested topping bid sale to BMCA
  • SafeNet in its sale to Vector Capital; Thomas H. Lee Partners, Warburg Pincus, JP Morgan Partners and Goldman Sachs in their $7.7 billion acquisition of ARAMARK
  • The Blackstone Group in its acquisition of UICI
  • NeighborCare, Inc. in its hostile-turned-friendly acquisition by Omnicare, Inc.
  • Intelsat Ltd. in its acquisition of PanAmSat
  • AT&T Wireless in its $40 billion acquisition by Cingular
  • Lazard, which had been privately held for 157 years, in its separation from its former principal owners, IPO and related restructuring transactions

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