Claude A. Baum

Partner, Co-Head of Capital Markets Practice, Head of Private Equity, Hedge Funds & Asset Management Practice
Location: New York, NY

Claude Baum is a partner of YK Law LLP and Co-Chair of its Corporate Department, resident in New York City. As a practicing corporate lawyer in New York for over 35 years, he has extensive experience in the areas of M&A, securities, hedge funds, investment management, corporate finance, distressed debt, trading, bank lending, SEC reporting and compliance, cryptocurrencies, and corporate reorganizations.

Mr. Baum is a seasoned legal adviser and advocate who has successfully served as general counsel and transaction counsel to private and public companies, start-up ventures, private investment funds, registered investment advisers, private equity firms and major financial institutions. He has strong expertise in structuring and negotiating a wide variety of transactions, contracts and legal relationships for and among US- and foreign-based companies (public and private) and their investors.


  • State University of New York at Albany, New York (B.A., 1981)
  • George Washington University Law School, Washington, D.C. (J.D., 1984)
    • Managing Editor, The George Washington Journal of International Law and Economics

Bar Admissions

  • New York State (1985)


Representative transactions of Mr. Baum include:

  • Represented London Stock Exchange-listed public company in U.S. acquisitions (M&A) program, including financings, private investments and joint ventures.
  • Represented U.S. public company in IPO, follow-on secondary stock offering, and subsequent $300M stock swap sale to major international paper U.S. public company.
  • Structured, documented and closed innovative $100M+ tender offer for bank loans by prominent corporate raider in order to acquire obtain control of U.S. public company.
  • Negotiated, drafted and closed multiple M&A transactions as part of an industry roll-up for strategic buyer.
  • Structured, drafted and implemented anti-takeover rights plan, golden parachutes, and defensive charter and bylaw provisions for U.S. public company.
  • Structured and drafted documents to and implemented recapitalizations and mergers of >$2 billion in hedge funds.