Mark Gordon is a partner and 22 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.
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 JD 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),
- a member of the board of the Yale Daily News Foundation, and
- Chairman of the Alumni Advisory Board of the Harvard Law School Association for Law and Business.
His M&A representations include:
- 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