Jeffrey L Kochian > Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile
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Jeffrey L Kochian
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.
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New York Bar Association
BA, University of Rochester (1990); JD, Cornell Law School (1998)
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.
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.
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.
- Corporate governance - United States > M&A/corporate and commercial
- M&A: large deals ($1bn+) - United States > M&A/corporate and commercial
- Shareholder activism - United States > M&A/corporate and commercial
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- M&A/corporate and commercial > Corporate governance
- Industry focus > Energy transactions: oil and gas
- Industry focus > Energy: renewable/alternative power
- Media, technology and telecoms > Media and entertainment: transactional
- Investment funds > Alternative/hedge funds
- Media, technology and telecoms > Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection)
- Government > Government contracts
- Dispute resolution > International trade
- Labor and employment > Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense
- Investment funds > Private equity funds (including venture capital)
- Finance > Capital markets: debt offerings
- Antitrust > Cartel
- Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes
- Antitrust > Merger control
- Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (International Trade Commission)
- Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense
- Finance > Project finance
- Real estate > Real estate
- Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense
- M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: large deals ($1bn+)
- Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (full coverage)
- Dispute resolution > Appellate: courts of appeals / Appellate: supreme courts (states and federal)
- Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense
- M&A/corporate and commercial > Shareholder activism