Mr Shaun Mathew > Kirkland & Ellis LLP > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile

Kirkland & Ellis LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10022
United States
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Shaun is a corporate partner and a leader of Kirkland’s Shareholder Activism & Hostile Takeover Defense practice. He counsels public companies and their boards of directors on shareholder activism and hostile takeover response and preparedness, investor engagement, and corporate governance matters, including those related to diversity, sustainability and other ESG related issues. In addition, Shaun is a member of Kirkland’s Crisis Response practice, counseling clients on governance and communications considerations in high-profile crisis situations.

His recent experience includes defending public companies and private equity sponsors in several of the most high profile challenges to M&A transactions, and he has defended clients against campaigns mounted by a number of activist investors including Elliott Management, Carl Icahn, Starboard Value, JANA Partners, and Engaged Capital.

Shaun is a frequent speaker on shareholder activism, corporate governance and ESG topics and has guest lectured at Harvard Law School and the University of Michigan Law School, among others. His articles have been featured in Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance, and he has been quoted in leading publications including The Wall Street Journal and The Deal.


Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude; New York University, B.A., Economics & Politics, summa cum laude

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

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Shaun MathewKirkland & Ellis LLP

Kirkland & Ellis LLP has experience of defending several high profile M&A challenges, such as Bristol Myers-Celgene’s $90bn deal vs. Starboard/Wellington. Its team also has expertise in advising on takeover preparedness, typifying its holistic approach to activism defense. Of particular note, the group advised Nikola Corporation on a high profile activist short attack. Key contacts in the group are Shaun Mathew and Sarkis Jebejian. Mathew has led the defense in over 50 significant activism mandates since joining Kirkland in 2018. Corporate partner Jebejian counts Accenture and Bain Capital among key clients. Eric Schiele and Daniel Wolf are also noted for their work on proxy fights. All named practitioners are based in New York.