Mark N. Kaplan

Mark N. Kaplan

Of Counsel, Capital Markets
Mark N. Kaplan has been a member of Skadden’s Capital Markets Group for nearly 35 years. He has represented clients in a wide variety of matters, including negotiated mergers, acquisitions and leveraged buyouts, and public and private securities offerings.


Mr. Kaplan's work encompasses a wide range of industries including defense, energy, finance, retail and fashion.

He has represented clients such as DRS Technologies, Inc. in its acquisition by Finmeccanica S.p.A.; 390 West End Associates LLC in its sale of the Apthorp apartment building in Manhattan; Energy Answers Corporation in the sale of its subsidiary, EAC Operations, Inc., to Covanta Holding Corporation; and Pantone, Inc. in its acquisition by X-Rite Incorporated.

Before joining Skadden, Mr. Kaplan spent two years serving as president and chief operating officer of Engelhard Minerals & Chemicals Corporation and seven years as president and chief executive officer of Drexel Burnham Lambert Inc.

Current Directorships

  • AutoWeb, Inc.
  • American Biltrite, Inc.
  • the 20 offshore commodity funds managed by Gresham

Prior Directorships

  • Energy Answers Corp.
  • Monte Carlo Grand Hotel
  • The Carter Group
  • Sandgate Corporation
  • Arista Trucking Renting Company
  • Refac Technology Corp.
  • Essanell Holdings Limited
  • Moviefone
  • Designer Holdings Ltd.
  • International Creative Management
  • Elgin National Industries
  • DRS Technologies, Inc.
  • Orange Crush Ltd.
  • The Jim Pattison Group
  • Volt Information Sciences, Inc.
  • Marcade Corp.
  • Duty Free Shoppers
  • Aquariums Incorporated

Former Associations

  • Director, Securities Industry Automation Corp., 1975-1977
  • Scientists Institute for Public Information
  • Courant Institute for Applied Mathematics (Advisory Board)
  • Mayor’s Temporary Commission on Pre-school Child Care (Commissioner)
  • Co-chair, The ERISA Committee of the Securities Industry Association



  • J.D., Columbia University School of Law, 1953
  • A.B., Columbia University, Columbia College, 1951


  • New York


  • Trustee, Institute of International Education
  • Trustee, Scholar Rescue Fund
  • Trustee, WNET/Channel 13
  • Former Co-Chairman, Board of Education Audit Advisory Committee
  • Member, Council on Foreign Relations Inc.
  • Trustee, New York Academy of Medicine
  • Member, New York City Audit Committee (former chairman)
  • Former Vice Chairman and Governor, The American Stock Exchange, Inc.
  • Member, Audit Committee of the New York City Housing Authority
  • Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Trustee, Bard College
  • Member, Board of Visitors, Columbia Law School
  • Director, New Alternatives for Children, Inc.


  • President and Chief Operating Officer of Engelhardt Minerals & Chemicals Corp; then President and Chief Executive Officer, Drexel Burnham Lambert Incorporated, 1970-1977
  • Senior Partner, Marshall, Bratter, Green, Allison & Tucker
  • Associate, Wickes, Riddell, Bloomer, Jacobi & McGuire
  • Law Clerk, Hon. William Bondy, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • Associate at Law, Columbia Law School

Mark N. Kaplan

Of Counsel, Capital Markets