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David A. Katz

David A. Katz

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

New York, NY, USA


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.

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.

David A. Katz is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters David A. Katz and Laura A. McIntosh, Corporate Governance Update: Gender Diversity and Board Quotas (July 26, 2018) - 50th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, Wednesday, November 07, 2018
Martin Lipton, The UK Corporate Governance Code (July 16, 2018) - 50th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, Wednesday, November 07, 2018
Martin Lipton, et al., Risk Management and the Board of Directors (Updated March 2018) (March 14, 2018) - 50th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, Wednesday, November 07, 2018
David M. Silk, David A. Katz, Sabastian V. Niles and Carmen X. W. Lu, ESG and Sustainability: The Board’s Role (June 27, 2018) - 50th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, Wednesday, November 07, 2018
Martin Lipton, Corporate Purpose: ESG, CSR, PRI and Sustainable Long-Term Investment (May 2, 2018) - 50th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, Wednesday, November 07, 2018
David A. Katz and Sabastian V. Niles, SEC Commissioner Questions Insider Sales into Stock Buybacks (June 12, 2018) - 50th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, Wednesday, November 07, 2018
Martin Lipton, Corporate Governance; Stakeholder Primacy; Federal Incorporation (August 15, 2018) - 50th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, Wednesday, November 07, 2018
Martin Lipton, The Purpose of the Corporation (April 10, 2018) - 50th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, Wednesday, November 07, 2018
David A. Katz and Trevor S. Norwitz, Congress Increases Pressure on Proxy Advisory Firms (May 16, 2018) - 50th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, Wednesday, November 07, 2018
Martin Lipton, Further to the Warren Bill, The New Paradigm and a Better Way (August 22, 2018) - 50th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, Wednesday, November 07, 2018
David M. Silk, Sabastian V. Niles, Alicia C. McCarthy and Carmen X.W. Lu, An ESG Setback? DOL Sounds Cautionary Tone on ESG-Related Proxy Voting, Shareholder Engagement and Economically Targeted Investments (April 27, 2018) - 50th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, Wednesday, November 07, 2018
David A. Katz and Laura A. McIntosh, Corporate Governance Update: Directors’ Notes: A Trap for the Unwary? (May 24, 2018) - 50th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, Wednesday, November 07, 2018
Sabastian V. Niles, Board Ready: Shareholder Activism, Corporate Governance and the Hunt for Long-Term Value (June 11, 2018) - 50th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, Wednesday, November 07, 2018
Edward D. Herlihy and Sabastian V. Niles, T. Rowe Price: Perspectives on T. Rowe’s Public Stance on Shareholder Activism (June 12, 2018) - 50th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, Wednesday, November 07, 2018
Web Segment  Web Segment Corporate Activism and Engagement: The New Normal - 50th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, Monday, November 12, 2018
The New Age of Corporate Governance - Hot Topics for In-House Counsel 2018, Thursday, December 06, 2018
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Corporate Activism and Engagement: The New Normal - Corporate Activism and Engagement: The New Normal, Monday, November 12, 2018
The New Age of Corporate Governance - The New Age of Corporate Governance, Thursday, December 06, 2018
Transcripts  Transcripts Corporate Activism and Engagement: The New Normal - Corporate Activism and Engagement: The New Normal, Monday, November 12, 2018
The New Age of Corporate Governance - The New Age of Corporate Governance, Thursday, December 06, 2018
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Corporate Activism and Engagement: The New Normal - Corporate Activism and Engagement: The New Normal, Monday, November 12, 2018
The New Age of Corporate Governance - The New Age of Corporate Governance, Thursday, December 06, 2018
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs 50th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, Friday, November 16, 2018, New York, NY
Hot Topics for In-House Counsel 2018, Wednesday, December 05, 2018, New York, NY
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