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Gregory P. Taxin

Gregory P. Taxin

Clinton Group, Inc.
New York, NY, USA

Greg Taxin is the President of Clinton Group, Inc., a registered investment advisor based in New York. Mr. Taxin was previously a Managing Director at Clinton and, among other duties, heads the activist investment program at Clinton.

In 2014, Clinton’s activist investment program was recognized in fourth place in the “Activist Top 10” by Activist Insight, an independent research organization that noted Clinton “is known for its mastery of company by-laws and intense focus on growth strategies.” Mr. Taxin was called “consistently one of the best performing activists” by the same research organization earlier in 2013. Also in 2013, Barron’s highlighted Mr. Taxin as one of “five successful activist investors whose names aren’t Icahn or Ackman” and in 2014, IR Magazine called Mr. Taxin one of five leaders of the “new guard in shareholder activism”. Clinton’s activist campaign website for its proxy fight at ValueVision Media in 2014 was awarded “best activist website” by The Deal.

Prior to joining Clinton, Mr. Taxin was the Managing Member of Spotlight Advisors, LLC (and its predecessor, Spotlight Capital, LLC), an activist fund based in New York City.

Prior to the founding of Spotlight, Mr. Taxin was the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Glass, Lewis & Co., an independent research firm that assists institutional investors in making more informed investment and proxy voting decisions. While Mr. Taxin was the Chief Executive, Glass Lewis covered more than 13,000 public companies from 65 countries and sold research to more than 350 institutional investors that collectively managed more than $13 trillion. Calling him a “hardliner on investor rights,” Treasury and Risk Management magazine named Mr. Taxin one of the “One Hundred Most Influential People in Finance” in 2006.

Prior to co-founding Glass Lewis, Mr. Taxin was an investment banker who completed billions of dollars in M&A transactions and financing transactions for his clients. Mr. Taxin was a Managing Director with Banc of America Securities in San Francisco, where he was jointly responsible for providing investment banking services to technology hardware companies across the globe.

Previously, Taxin was a co-founder, Director and member of the Management Committee at Epoch Partners, a technology-enabled investment bank based in San Francisco that was backed by Kleiner Perkins, Benchmark Capital and Charles Schwab. Epoch Partners was sold in 2001 to Goldman Sachs.

Mr. Taxin was previously a Vice President in the investment banking department of Goldman, Sachs & Co. 

Mr. Taxin is an attorney and practiced with the firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.

Mr. Taxin serves on the Board of Directors of Ionetix, Corporation, a privately held medical devices company, and the ProCure Cancer Foundation. Previously, Mr. Taxin served as Chairman of Soundboard Review Services, LLC, a public company board advisory firm, and was a Board member of ProCure Treatment Centers, Inc. (now known as ProCure, Inc.), a health care services company, and Glass, Lewis & Co., an independent research firm.

Mr. Taxin is frequently quoted or interviewed for print and broadcast financial press, having appeared in more than 500 articles in the past ten years and on CNBC, BloombergTV, CNN and NPR. Mr. Taxin is a frequent speaker at director education, investor, corporate governance and executive compensation conferences, and has made two appearances before the SEC to provide input on public company disclosure rules.  

Mr. Taxin is a magna cum laude graduate of the Harvard Law School, where he was a John M. Olin Fellow in Law and Economics, and a graduate, with very high honors, of the University of California, Berkeley.  


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