Howard L. Shecter is a senior mergers and acquisitions lawyer in Holland & Knight's New York and Philadelphia offices. Mr. Shecter focuses his practice on a variety of domestic and international business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions (negotiated and hostile), joint ventures and strategic alliances, as well as corporate governance issues and the negotiated resolution of business disputes.
Mr. Shecter is internationally recognized for his wide-ranging M&A experience and his extensive experience advising clients on corporate governance and board oversight matters. He lectures regularly at leading global conferences on issues related to M&A, corporate law and governance. Mr. Shecter was the founder and for 10 years served as chairman of the popular Practising Law Institute seminar on "Acquiring or Selling the Privately Held Company."
Mr. Shecter has frequently served as a board member for both public and private companies. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Venerable Holdings and Voya Insurance and Annuity Company, two portfolio companies of Apollo Global Management, and is Chairman of the audit committee of the latter. He served as a member of the three-person Executive Committee of the Board of Safeskin Corp. (NASDAQ), a medical exam glove manufacturer from its IPO until its $850 million sale to Kimberly-Clark. He served as Chairman of the Board of Harris Interactive (NASDAQ), a leading independent market research company, for several years until its 2014 sale to Nielsen Group. Previously, he served as lead director of a privately held investment management company with nearly $1 billion of assets under management, and currently serves on the advisory boards of several venture capital funds and as the designated board observer at Iconix Brand Group (NASDAQ). Mr. Shecter has served as chairman and managing partner of a large international law firm and as head of the global corporate/transactional practice at that firm and one other.
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