State Commerce Secretary Joins Baker and Daniels
Nathan Feltman, '94, Indiana Secretary of Commerce and Chief Executive Officer of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC), announced in late December that he will join Baker & Daniels LLP as a partner January 12, 2009. The Mishawaka, Ind. native will join the firm's business and corporate finance practice where he will work with privately held companies and help lead the firm's economic development, government relations and international initiatives.
"We couldn't be more pleased to have Nate join us after his successful stint with the IEDC. As Governor Mitch Daniels' point man on the state’s economic development efforts, he has been a driving force behind Indiana's economic successes over the past four years and has a deep understanding of the needs of businesses," said Tom Froehle, Chief Executive Partner of Baker & Daniels.
Prior to joining the IEDC in 2005 as executive vice president and general counsel, he served as a partner with Ice Miller in Indianapolis and Altheimer & Gray in Chicago where he focused on mergers and acquisitions and cross-border transactions, including the representation of private equity funds and venture capital firms. Prior to his U.S. legal experience, Feltman spent nearly four years in Moscow, Russia with the international law firms of Baker & McKenzie and Steptoe & Johnson where he represented multi-national companies seeking to do business in Russia through trade relationships, licensing, franchising arrangements and capital investments.
"After four rewarding years working closely with Governor Daniels to strengthen Indiana's economy, I now look forward to assisting companies with their corporate and financing needs," said Feltman. "Amidst one of the most challenging economic times in recent history, companies across the state and around the world continue to seek out growth opportunities. The opportunity to join Baker & Daniels will allow me to utilize my business, finance and economic development experience to assist clients successfully navigate the current economic storm."
Feltman holds a B.S. in business and B.A. in political science from Indiana University. He is a 1994 graduate of the Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis and holds a master's degree in Russian Law (LL.M) from the Institute of State and Law, Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow. He has served on the Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis Alumni Board since 2003 and was president of the group in 2007-2008.