Michael Kaufman, JD

Michael Kaufman

Michael Kaufman is a partner of Astor Group, a New York boutique M&A advisory and investment firm, where he focuses on assisting companies primarily in the restaurant and retail sectors with strategy and transactions to raise capital or to buy or sell companies or assets. A nationally recognized industry leader, Michael previously led Metromedia Restaurant Group (a $1.4 billion chain restaurant company), created and successfully exited a restaurant start-up, and innovated a restaurant brand for a luxury retailer. Michael is a visiting executive at the Harvard Business School where he co-developed a course, “Challenges and Opportunities in the Restaurant Industry.” He served as chairman of the board of the National Restaurant Association, and is currently a director of the NRA, a trustee emeritus of The Culinary Institute of America and the NRA’s Educational Foundation, an executive advisor to Gryphon Investors (a San Francisco-based private equity firm), a director of Dessert Holdings LLC (a $300 million dessert manufacturer), a trustee of Northern Westchester Hospital, and chair of the Menus of Change Business Leadership Council. He also served on the boards of Benihana, Inc., Culinary Concepts by Jean-Georges, and the Chappaqua School Foundation (including as its president). The recipient of a number of industry awards, including the Golden Chain Award and the Cecil B. Day Ethics Award, and a recognized keynote speaker, Michael is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. (Chappaqua, NY)