Activist Defense

The activist and shareholder landscapes have undergone dramatic changes in recent years. Activists have launched campaigns against companies of all sizes, institutional investors are more willing to cooperate with activists, and historic takeover defenses have declined in effectiveness. Against this challenging backdrop, King & Spalding has developed an innovative and highly sophisticated approach to monitoring, anticipating and preparing for activist and event-driven hedge fund activity, enabling companies and boards to respond from a position of strength while they seek to protect and enhance long-term shareholder value. Led by Jim Woolery, head of King & Spalding’s M&A and Corporate Governance Practice, our team builds on Jim’s years of boardroom experience in M&A and activism as a leading lawyer, investment banker and hedge fund manager.

Our work spans the spectrum of activist defense: ranging from vulnerability and corporate government analyses and updates; to shareholder reviews and engagement guidance, drawing on our own relationships with institutional and hedge fund investors; to ongoing stock and event monitoring; to boardroom-level counsel in proxy campaigns and strategic transactions.

Anchored by our Corporate Monitoring and Preparedness Program, our practice includes a team of in-house financial analysts drawn from top-tier investment banks, who track and synthesize data across multiple proprietary resources to identify activist activity and trends.    

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