Webcast – Shareholder Activism

September 18, 2014

Please join us for an informative presentation on the practical steps to prepare for and respond to shareholder activism.

Topics include:

  • Current trends in shareholder activism.
  • Effective shareholder communication strategies.
  • Rule 14a-8 shareholder proposals.
  • Legal planning for activism and considerations for the Board.
  • Stockholder identification programs.
  • Recent trends and issues regarding ISS voting recommendations.

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Eduardo Gallardo: Eduardo is a partner in Gibson Dunn’s New York office. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance matters. Mr. Gallardo has extensive experience representing public and private acquirers and targets in connection with mergers, acquisitions and takeovers, both negotiated and contested. He has also represented public and private companies in connection with proxy contests, leveraged buyouts, spinoffs, divestitures, restructurings, recapitalizations, joint ventures and other complex corporate transactions. Mr. Gallardo also advises corporations, their boards of directors and special board committees in connection with corporate governance and compliance matters, shareholder activism, takeover preparedness and other corporate matters. He also represents various major investment banks as financial advisors in M&A transactions, and hedge funds in their M&A and investment activities.

Elizabeth A. Ising: Elizabeth is a partner in Gibson Dunn’s Washington, D.C. office, practicing in the Securities Regulation and Corporate Governance Practice Group and the Financial Institutions Practice Group. She advises clients, including public companies and their boards of directors, on corporate governance, securities law and regulatory matters and executive compensation best practices and disclosures. Representative matters include advising on Securities and Exchange Commission reporting requirements, proxy disclosures, director independence matters, proxy advisory services, board and committee charters and governance guidelines and disclosure controls and procedures. Ms. Ising also regularly counsels public companies on shareholder activism issues, including on shareholder proposals and preparing for and responding to hedge fund and corporate governance activism.

Adam H. Offenhartz: Adam is a partner in Gibson Dunn’s New York office. He is a member of Gibson Dunn’s Litigation Practice Group and focuses on commercial litigation with an emphasis on corporate control contests and other board and shareholder disputes as well as securities claims. He has handled and tried jury and non-jury cases involving mergers and acquisition battles, shareholder proposals, securities claims, board and shareholder disputes, restrictive covenants, bank fraud cases, real estate valuation and earn-out disputes and other matters. Mr. Offenhartz regularly represents plaintiffs/claimants for whom he has recovered substantial sums or achieved significant injunctive relief.

Matthew Sherman: A founding partner and named President of Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher in August 2013, Matt has more than 18 years of experience providing strategic corporate, financial and crisis communications counsel to Boards of Directors and executive leadership of public corporations and private equity firms involved in M&A, hostile takeovers, proxy contests, shareholder activism defense, spin-offs, reorganizations, financial restructurings, management changes, litigation, regulatory actions and a wide range of corporate crises. His areas of experience include shareholder activism, mergers and acquisitions, and investor relations and financial public relations.

Scott S. Winter: Mr. Winter is a Managing Director of Innisfree M&A Incorporated. He advises companies and investors on all aspects of shareholder engagement focusing on hostile and friendly acquisitions, shareholder activism, contested shareholder meetings, corporate governance, and other proxy solicitation matters.