Shareholder Activism

From 2008 to today, assets under management for activists hedge funds increased from $32 billion to over $117.6 billion. Activist investors now pose threats to all public companies, no matter the size or industry. Goodwin’s activist defense team has over 30 years of experience in designing strategies to protect public companies of all types and sizes from activist attacks. In the last several years, Goodwin has defended multiple clients from attacks from the world’s biggest activism funds such as Elliot Management, Starboard Value and Corvex Management. In 2017 and 2018, Goodwin ran campaigns for FOUR clients which resulted in the activists withdrawing their candidate and deciding NOT to run a proxy contest.

Our fully integrated team of lawyers—experts across all industries from life sciences to technology, to real estate—can augment existing counsel or step in directly to help companies negotiate a settlement quickly, or when necessary, aggressively fight to reach victory for our clients. When time cannot be wasted, we are fully prepared with the knowledge, insight, experience, data sets and contacts you need to reach a resolution quickly. Our defense work against three of the top ten activists in the past year alone speaks to our competence in this area. We were also ranked by Activist Insight Monthly rankings of law firms activism representation for representing the second most issuers in 2017. You can count on Goodwin for an experienced legal team when you need it most.

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