Kerry E Berchem > Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10036
United States
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Work Department

Partner; Corporate


Kerry Berchem, with more than three decades of M&A, securities and governance experience, is a trusted advisor to boards of directors and C-suites. She principally represents public and private companies, including pre- and post- reorganized companies, on transactional, special situations, business, operational and fiduciary matters. Ms. Berchem has particular expertise in complex, event driven transactions. Recent matters include representing Starboard Value Acquisition Corp. in its $3.4 billion merger with Cyxtera Technologies, Verso Corp. in connection with its $400 million asset sale and hostile proxy contest, a private company in connection with a $1.2 billion asset acquisition and related financing, and a public company in connection with its strategic alternatives review. Ms. Berchem also acts as outside general counsel to several companies. She is currently a member of Akin Gump’s Management Committee, co-chairs the firm’s ESG and Corporate Governance groups, and is the former chair of both the firm’s Corporate Practice and Audit and Finance Committee.

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New York and Connecticut Bar Associations. Member, New York City Bar Association, M&A Committee


BA, Yale University (1988); JD Tulane University Law School (1991).

Lawyer Rankings

United States > M&A/corporate and commercial > Shareholder activism

Based in New York, the experienced team at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP assists high-profile investment funds and large companies with a wide range of matters, such as takeover preparedness, campaigns and activism-related litigation and investigations. Practitioners also handle activism defense for public companies. Kerry E Berchem leads the team, which includes key litigator Douglas A. Rappaport. Jeff Kochian and Gerald Brant joined Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP in late 2021.