Matthew R. Elkin, '98, is an adjunct clinical professor of law in the International Transactions Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School. A partner in the Washington, DC, office of BakerHostetler, he focuses his practice on tax and corporate matters affecting tax-exempt organizations, with an emphasis on transactional matters such as charitable investment funds, social enterprises, impact investing, and endowment investment programs and policies.
Elkin regularly represents private foundations, trade associations, health care organizations, colleges and universities, international development organizations, and medical research organizations. These organizations also turn to Elkin for counsel in governance.
He works extensively on complex transactional matters with tax-exempt organizations, including the formation of investment funds by both nonprofit and for-profit sponsors; the acquisition and disposition of program-, mission-, and impact-related and other investments; joint ventures; sponsored research; mergers and acquisitions; and financing and licensing arrangements.
In the area of governance, Elkin advises boards of directors on fiduciary duties, conflicts of interest, risk oversight, board and committee structures, affiliated entities, internal investigations, board-evaluation processes, executive compensation, and compliance with other regulatory and governance best practices.