WASHINGTON, September 05, 2017: Morgan Lewis was ranked third among all law firms worldwide for shareholder activism defense for the first half of 2017 in the Global Shareholder Activism Scorecard compiled by Thomson Reuters. This ranking is based on the number of publicly-disclosed shareholder activism defense matters that Morgan Lewis has advised on.
This is the latest league table ranking that includes Morgan Lewis near the top for shareholder activism defense. Earlier this year, FactSet Shark Repellent’s 2016 Shareholder Activism Review and Activist Insight, a leading UK-based publication focused on shareholder activism, ranked Morgan Lewis as the No. 2 legal advisor in 2016 for shareholder activism defense. Both of these rankings are based on the number of publicly-disclosed shareholder activism defense matters that Morgan Lewis has advised on.
Since 2014, Morgan Lewis’s shareholder activism defense practice, led by Morgan Lewis corporate partner Keith Gottfried, has advised numerous public companies in a wide array of industries, including, among others, apparel, automotive, banking, casual dining, consumer goods, healthcare, energy, life sciences, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, real estate, retail, shipping, software, technology and waste management, with respect to preparing for and/or responding to high-profile proxy contests, special meeting demands, consent solicitations, withhold campaigns, shareholder proposals and other activist shareholder campaigns as well as contests for corporate control and contested M&A situations. Morgan Lewis’s shareholder activism defense practice also advises public companies on the latest techniques for lessening a company’s vulnerability to activist shareholders and unsolicited takeover offers, strategic communications, board composition enhancement programs, corporate governance matters as well as strategies and best practices for engaging with shareholders.