Speakers / Authors:
Okapi Partners LLC
Bruce H. Goldfarb is a founder of Okapi Partners and serves as president and chief executive officer. He works extensively with corporate and mutual fund clients, as well as third-party investor and shareholder groups, including private equity sponsors, hedge funds and arbitrage firms, in solicitation campaigns. He focuses on proxy solicitation strategy and execution for mergers and acquisitions, proxy fights and other extraordinary transactions.
Mr. Goldfarb earned a B.A. in art history from the University of Pennsylvania concurrently with a B.S. Econ., concentration in finance, from its Wharton School. He also earned a J.D. from the Columbia University School of Law.
Latham & Watkins LLP
Charles M. Nathan is a corporate partner resident in Latham & Watkins’ New York office and is global co-chair of the firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions Group. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate counseling and corporate governance. Mr. Nathan represents companies and financial advisors in significant, high-profile mergers and acquisitions.
Mr. Nathan is the former chair of the Securities Regulation Committee of The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, as well the former chair of the Subcommittee on Business Combinations and Proxy Statements of the Committee on Federal Regulation of Securities of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association. He is a co-chair of the American Bar Association Task Force on Shareholder Proposals.
Mr. Nathan has authored various articles on M&A topics and is a frequent contributor to The Daily Deal. He is recognized as a leading mergers and acquisitions attorney in the 2008 Chambers US legal guide.
Mr. Nathan recieved his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1965, Order of the Coif, and his B.A. from Johns Hopkins University in 1962.
Shearman & Sterling LLP
Creighton O. Condon, a partner in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group at Shearman & Sterling LLP in New York, represents U.S. and multinational corporations in acquisitions and sales of public and private companies and in joint ventures, and regularly provides advice regarding issues of corporate governance and control. Mr. Condon also represents the mergers and acquisitions groups of a number of investment banks.
Mr. Condon joined the firm in 1982 and became a partner in 1991. He also practiced for several years in the firm’s San Francisco office. Mr. Condon is a member of the firm’s nine-member Policy Committee and the firm’s Strategy Group.
Mr. Condon recieved his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law in 1982. He spent a year at St. John’s College, Cambridge University, after recieving his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1978.
Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher, LLP
John F. Olson is a founding partner of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Washington, D.C. office. Mr. Olson has extensive experience in general representation of business organizations as to corporate governance, corporate securities, corporate finance, and merger and acquisition matters.
A frequent lecturer at legal and business seminars, Mr. Olson co-chairs various seminars on an annual basis. He is on the planning committee for the San Diego Securities Regulation Institute and the advisory committee for the Practising Law Institute’s Annual Securities Regulation Institute. He is the author of more than 100 articles and a member of the editorial advisory boards for a variety of securities and corporate law publications. Mr. Olson is the co-author of Director and Officer Liability: Indemnification and Insurance, published by West Publishing (revised 2002) and has edited several other books on securities law issues.
Mr. Olson recieved his LL.B. from Harvard University in 1964 and his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1961.
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Stephen M. Kotran was elected a partner at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in 1998 and is a member of the firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions, Financial Institutions and Private Equity groups. Mr. Kotran represents participants and financial advisors in connection with mergers and acquisitions transactions, including negotiated and hostile acquisitions of public companies, negotiated sales of private companies, subsidiaries and divisions, private equity transactions, leveraged buyouts, formation of joint ventures, and asset sales.
Mr. Kotran is a frequent speaker on mergers and acquisitions matters for the Practising Law Institute, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and various other professional organizations. He is a member of the Committee on Negotiated Acquisitions and the Committee on Federal Regulation of Securities of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association and of the Special Committee on Mergers, Acquisitions & Corporate Control Contests of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. Mr. Kotran has been recognized as a leading mergers and acquisitions lawyer in Chambers USA – America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2007), The Best Lawyers in America (2008 - announced), New York Super Lawyers (2007), The Lawdragon 500 - Leading Lawyers in America (finalist, 2007), The Lawdragon 500 – Leading Dealmakers in America (2007) and The Lawdragon 500 – New Stars, New Worlds (2006) and as a leading insurance transactional lawyer in Chambers USA - America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2007).
Mr. Kotran’s mergers and acquisitions assignments have spanned a wide range of industries, with particular emphasis on insurance companies and other financial institutions and technology companies.
Mr. Kotran recieved his J.D. from University of Virginia Law School, Order of the Coif, in 1990 and his A.B. from Harvard University in 1985.