NEW YORK, Nov. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Vinson & Elkins LLP announced today that the firm's Shareholder Activism Response Team will expand its base of operations to New York, enhancing the group's capabilities to serve clients throughout North America and across industries.
Kai Liekefett, head of the firm's Shareholder Activism Response Team, will join New York-based partners Michael Swidler, Steven Paradise and a host of others who focus their time on public company matters, and split his time between the firm's New York and Houston offices.
The firm works with clients across all industries to resolve shareholder activism situations, counseling companies regarding proxy contests, "vote no" campaigns, contested M&A transactions and other special situations.
V&E currently ranks No. 2 in the U.S. activism defense league tables for 2015 year-to-date by number of matters, according to SharkRepellent. Leveraging the experience of V&E's top-tier corporate and litigation practices, the team represents companies facing a flood of shareholder activism across a range of industries.
The team's integrated approach to addressing clients' issues throughout campaigns includes advising on how to respond to shareholder activism and the best ways to evaluate and resolve activist situations. V&E works closely with target companies' regular outside counsel as well as leading investment bankers, proxy solicitors, public relations firms, private investigators and other activism professionals.
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