Mr. Chaikin is Managing Director and Portfolio Manager of the Private Investments Group at Cowen. Mr. Chaikin joined Ramius LLC in January 2005.
Previously, Mr. Chaikin was an Associate and Investment Professional at MMC Capital, Inc., a global private equity firm with over $3 billion in assets under management. At MMC Capital, Mr. Chaikin was responsible for finding and overseeing investment opportunities in the insurance and financial services industries. Prior to that, Mr. Chaikin was a Corporate Associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, where he specialized in mergers, acquisitions and securities.
Mr. Chaikin currently serves on the Board of Directors of several companies and is the Chairman of Caldergroup Swiss AG, a €200mm European engineering, manufacturing and consulting group.
Mr. Chaikin received a B.S. in Economics magna cum laude from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1995, where he was a Joseph Wharton Scholar, and a J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1998, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.