Jeffrey L Kochian > Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10036
United States
Jeffrey L Kochian photo

Work Department

Partner; Corporate


Jeffrey L. Kochian leads Akin Gump’s corporate practice. He primarily focuses on public and private mergers and acquisitions (including private equity transactions), shareholder activism campaigns and other complex transactions.  Mr. Kochian also provides ongoing advice to clients on a full spectrum of corporate matters, including fiduciary duties and corporate governance, ’34 Act issues and strategic investments.  Recent transactions include Diamondback’s $9.2 billion acquisition of Energen Corporation, Kingston Technology’s $18 billion acquisition (as a member of a Bain Capital-led consortium) of Toshiba Memory Corporation, and Durational Capital’s leveraged buyout of Bojangles’, Inc., together with The Jordan Company. He also advises many high-profile activist investors on their investments, as well as providing ongoing strategic advice to many public companies with respect to their shareholders.

To learn more about Mr. Kochian, please visit his full profile:


New York Bar Association


BA, University of Rochester (1990); JD, Cornell Law School (1998)

Lawyer Rankings

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

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP handles strategic campaigns and litigation for some of the best-known activist shareholders throughout the US, and has also advised activists on initiatives involving European and Asian companies. The corporate governance and shareholder activism practice is led by Jeffrey Kochian, who recently represented Highland Capital in its attempt to remove two directors of Medley Capital Corporation, which involved a court ruling in Delaware on the fiduciary duties of Medley’s directors. Other key contacts include securities litigator Doug Rappaport and Gerald Brant, who focuses on strategic M&A and private equity transactions, acting both for public companies and investment funds.

United States > M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: large deals ($1bn+)

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has seen an uptick in large-cap M&A mandates, thanks in part to a year of market growth in its core industry strengths. The firm has been engaged in significant and complex energy-sector transactions, with Diamondback’s $9.2bn acquisition of Energen being a standout. Houston-based partner Christine LaFollette is a name to note for the firm’s energy transactions, having advised SRC Energy on its $1.7bn merger with PDC, in addition to leading several other key transactions. Another area of growth for the firm has been its work with funds, taking advantage of a beneficial environment for strategic acquisitions and distressed M&A. Jeffrey Kochian is co-head of the firm’s global corporate practice and is active in M&A. Also recommended are Kerry Berchem and Gerald Brant.

United States > M&A/corporate and commercial > Corporate governance

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP‘s NewYork-based corporate governance team fields a number of lawyers with experience working at the SEC, and routinely works alongside its white-collar and public policy groups to provide multi-disciplinary advice on public companies and securities compliance as well as FCPA and bribery issues. Headed by Jeffrey Kochian, the team advises clients on all areas of corporate governance and shareholder activism, ranging from SEC filings and securities transactions to fiduciary duties and shareholder relation policies. Recent standout highlights included representing the special committee of the board of Papa John’s, following a scandal involving its former CEO. Contacts in the Houston office include Christine LaFollette and John Goodgame.