David A. Katz
David A. Katz is a partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York City, an adjunct professor at New York University School of Law, and co-chair of the Board of Advisors of the NYU Law Institute for Corporate Governance and Finance. Previously, he was an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt University Law School and at the Owen Graduate School of Management. Mr. Katz is a corporate attorney focusing on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, shareholder activism and complex securities transactions, has been involved in many major domestic and international merger, acquisition and buyout transactions, strategic defense assignments and proxy contests, and has been involved in a number of complex public and private offerings and corporate restructurings. He frequently counsels boards of directors and board committees on corporate governance matters and crisis management.
Mr. Katz taught Mergers and Acquisitions at New York University School of Law for over 15 years and previously co-taught a joint law and business short course on mergers and acquisitions at Vanderbilt University Law School with Delaware Chief Justice Leo Strine. He is co-chair of the Tulane Corporate Law Institute.
In 2004, he was chosen by The American Lawyer as one of the 45 highest performing members of the private bar under the age of 45; in 2005, 2012 and 2015, he was selected by The American Lawyer as a Dealmaker of the Year; in 2016, he was named by NACD Directorship as one of the 100 most influential players in corporate governance for the seventh time; in 2013 he was named Lawyer of the Year by Global M&A Network; in 2014 and each of the five prior years he was named Who’s Who Legal’s Mergers and Acquisitions Lawyer of the Year, in 2014 was also named Who’s Who Legal’s Corporate Governance Lawyer of the Year and in 2015 and 2016 was named Who’s Who Legal’s Corporate Governance and M&A Lawyer of the Year; and in 2015 he was elected by The American College of Governance Counsel as an Inaugural Class Fellow.
Mr. Katz is a member of the American Bar Association, Section on Business Law, where he founded the Committee on Mergers and Acquisitions Task Force on the Dictionary of M&A Terms and a member of the Committee on Mergers and Acquisitions Subcommittee for Acquisitions of Public Companies. Mr. Katz is also a member of the Federal Securities Laws Committee, the New York State Bar Association and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. Mr. Katz is a member of the Society for Corporate Governance and the National Association of Corporate Directors. Mr. Katz serves as a member of the Board of Trustees at New York University and at New York University School of Law. He sits on the Board of Directors of The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and is a member of the Advisory Board at the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware. He writes a bi-monthly column on corporate governance for the New York Law Journal with his colleague Laura McIntosh.
Mr. Katz is a graduate of Brandeis University and New York University School of Law.
- ESG in the Mainstream: S&P Global, Northern Trust and T. Rowe Price Expand ESG Analytics; Sell Side Analysts Address ESG Concerns,
in Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance, May 29, 2020.
- Investor Advisory Committee Urges SEC to Advance Mandatory ESG Disclosures,
in Compliance & Enforcement, a blog of NYU Law’s Program on Corporate Compliance and Enforcement, May 28, 2020.
- Corporate Governance Update: EESG and the COVID-19 Crisis,
in New York Law Journal, May 27, 2020.
- Key ESG Considerations in the Crisis,
in Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance, April 21, 2020.
- U.K. and EU Regulators Move Ahead on ESG Disclosures and Benchmarks,
in Columbia Law School’s Blog on Corporations and the Capital Markets, April 16, 2020.
- Activists Will Show Their True Colors in COVID-19 Pandemic,
in Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, April 1, 2020.
- Corporate Governance Update: Director Oversight in the Context of COVID-19,
in New York Law Journal, March 25, 2020.
- Key Issues for Directors Relating to COVID-19,
in Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, March 21, 2020.
- Corporate Governance Update: Sustainability in the Spotlight,
in New York Law Journal, January 22, 2020.
- SEC's Proposed Rules on Proxy Advisory Firms Provoke Mixed Response,
in Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance on Financial Regulation, December 7, 2019
- Corporate Governance Update: The Proxy Season Hints at New Challenges,
in New York Law Journal, October 30, 2019.
- SEC Provides Updated Guidance on Excludability of Rule 14a-8 Shareholder Proposals, Eschewing One-Size-Fits-All,
in Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, October 19, 2019.
- SEC Provides New Guidance on Institutional Investors’ Proxy Voting Responsibilities and Use of Proxy Advisory Firms,
in Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, August 22, 2019.
- Corporate Governance Update: The Long Term, the Short Term, and the Strategic Term,
in New York Law Journal, September 25, 2019.
- Corporate Governance Update: Oversight and Compliance Reminder,
in New York Law Journal, July 24, 2019.