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Gordon, Mark
Partner, Corporate
tel 212.403.1343
fax 212.403.2343

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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 recent M&A representations include:

  • Energen in its $9.2 billion all-stock merger with Diamondback Energy
  • NCI Building Systems in its $2.6 billion stock-for-stock merger with Ply Gem
  • Eli Lilly and Company in its $1.6 billion acquisition of ARMO BioSciences
  • 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

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