Chuck Nathan

Chuck Nathan advises global clients on M&A, financial transactions, governance, Board issues and shareholder matters at RLM Finsbury, a leading global strategic communications firm.

 Prior to joining RLM Finsbury, Nathan was partner at Latham & Watkins, a large international law firm where in his capacity as Global Co-Chair of the firm’s M&A practice he represented companies and financial advisors in many significant, high-profile mergers and acquisitions, including Roche’s acquisition of the public’s minority stake in Genentech, InBev’s acquisition of Anheuser-Busch, and LiveNation’s merger with Ticketmaster Entertainment.

Nathan has been named by the National Association of Corporate Directors as one of the 100 most influential corporate governance professionals for two consecutive years. He is currently serving as a member of a Conference Board Governance Center Advisory Board on Shareholder Engagement, and as a member of a task force dealing with Say on Pay that has been created by the Conference Board Governance Center, the American Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals and the Center on Executive Compensation.

Nathan is the author of many articles on M&A and corporate governance topics, is a frequent panelist at M&A and corporate governance seminars and programs, teaches M&A at Yale Law School, and has chaired a number of bar association committees. Nathan received his B.A. from The Johns Hopkins University and his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he graduated summa cum laude.

Read recent articles and blog posts authored by or about Chuck Nathan:

·         Conference Board, Debunking Myths About Activist Investors

·         Conference Board, Myths and Realities of Say on Pay Engagement

·         Nathan the sensible” by Hoffer Kaback, Directors and Boards

·         A 12-Step Program to Truly Good Corporate Governance

·         Corporate Governance Activism: Here To Stay?

·         “Say on Pay 2011: Proxy Advisors on Course for Hegemony”

·         Future of Institutional Share Voting Revisited: A Fourth Paradigm

·         Proxy Advisory Business: Apotheosis or Apogee?

·         The Future of Institutional Share Voting: Three Paradigms

·         The Parallel Universes of Institutional Investing and Institutional Voting

Observations on the Short-Term/Long-Term Debate, Part 2

Part two in a discussion about “short-termism” and “long-termism” in the corporate and investment worlds. Management and Boards generally doubt that institutional investors approach the debate neutrally, with the proxy voting process being weighted in investors’ favor. Greater engagement is the only solution to combat this bias, but it may only be feasible for the largest companies.

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Observations on the Short-Term/Long-Term Debate, Part 1

“The debate over “short-termism” versus “long-termism” is raging in the corporate and investment world and is spilling over even into the 2016 Presidential campaigns. Ironically, the heat of the debate mirrors the confusion over what the debate is or should be about: Duration? Quarterly performance? Do quick gains inherently create less value than investing in big picture growth?

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