Mark Angelson
Mark Angelson

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Adjunct Professor of Mergers and Acquisitions

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Mark Angelson is Vice Chairman of the Institute of International Education (IIE), the nonprofit world leader in international education and training, which administers the Fulbright Scholarships and hundreds of other programs from offices around the globe. He is Chairman of IIE's 2019 Centennial Committee and Chairman of IIE's Scholar Rescue Fund and its scholar selection committee, and is co-author of several articles about the efficacy of saving professors and entire national academies from persecution the world over. 

Mark is Vice Chairman of the Joseph Biden Foundation. He is a trustee of Northwestern University, Adjunct Professor of Mergers and Acquisitions at Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management, and Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of Rutgers University. Mark is a member of the board of directors of Quad/Graphics, Inc., a NYSE-listed multinational corporation that is the Americas' largest provider of printing and multichannel media strategies, of the Council on Foreign Relations and its membership committee, and of the Economic Club of New York. 

Mark served as Chairman/CEO of several large public companies, including as CEO of RR Donnelley, and in so doing was a leader of the transformation and consolidation of the printing and coated paper industries. He served as the Deputy Mayor of Chicago and as Chairman of MidOcean Partners, an international investment firm. Previously he had a lengthy and distinguished career as an international lawyer in each of Singapore, New York and London. 

Mark's many honors include membership in Phi Beta Kappa, the Pilgrims (New York and London), the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce, and the Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni, as well as his appointment as Richard D Heffner Public Service Professor at Rutgers. He received an honorary Doctorate of Laws from the John Marshall Law School, the Harold H Hines Award from the United Negro College Fund and the inaugural Alumni Service Award from Rutgers Law School. 



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Full-Time / Evening & Weekend MBA
Mergers and Acquisitions: The Art of the Deal (BLAW-925-0)
NB: This is an advanced course for students who intend to pursue careers as advisors or principals in the deal business. The sessions in this course will be led by M&A professionals including some of the leading investment bankers, lawyers and deal practitioners from Chicago, New York and elsewhere. The professor has served as Chairman and/or CEO of 5 large industrial companies and as Chairman of a middle market private equity and debt investment firm. He is a Northwestern trustee who sits on the investment committee that provides governance and oversight to the highly talent professional investment team that oversees the Northwestern endowment. The professor also served as the Deputy Mayor of Chicago and as Chairman of the Mayor's Economic Council. Beginning in the late 1990s, the printing industry, hobbled by excess capacity, high leverage, price erosion and electronic substitution, was transformed through successful combination transactions that created two industry leaders poised for further growth. The same phenomena have affected various subsidiary industries, including the coated paper industry. This series of case studies highlights and analyzes some of the necessary elements of successful mergers and acquisitions: the art of the deal and deal making, integrity, accountability, work ethic, team building, leadership and a ferocious will to win. Students will learn what makes business combinations successful as they follow transactions from idea creation and initial proposal, through due diligence inquiries, negotiation, legal and financing implications, closing, and business integration. Students will have interaction in the classroom with some of the leading M&A practitioners in the country. The first class meeting will comprised a broad overview of the course content and fundamentals. The final class meeting will comprise a review of the course content in preparation for the final examination. The syllabus does NOT include a textbook (M&A is an art, not a science). The take home "open book" final exam will test the extent to which each student has mastered the art of the deal based on the content of the classroom discussions and the primary source materials, principally SEC filings for public deals in which the professor and the guest speakers were the leading actors.