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Kirkland & Ellis LLP
601 LEXINGTON AVENUE
NEW YORK, NY 10022
United States
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Position

Shaun J. Mathew is a corporate partner in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Shaun counsels public companies and their boards of directors on shareholder activism and hostile takeover response and preparedness, investor engagement, and complex corporate governance matters. In addition, Shaun is a member of Kirkland’s Crisis Response practice group, counseling clients on internal and external communications in high-profile crisis situations. His recent experience includes representing public companies across industries in responding to activist campaigns involving a number of activist investors, including Elliott Management, Carl Icahn, Starboard Value, JANA Partners, and Engaged Capital.

Lawyer Rankings

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

Spread across the firm’s New York, San Francisco, and Houston offices, the team at Kirkland & Ellis LLP is experienced at aiding boards in defending against shareholder activism, particularly activism related to M&A transactions. A key part of the firm’s comprehensive corporate offering, the lawyers focusing on activism defense have broad expertise in all things corporate law, including transactional M&A and private equity deals, and strategic governance and advisory work. In a high-profile case in 2019, the firm advised Bristol-Myers Squibb on activism related to its proposed acquisition of Celgene Corporation, in which opposition to the deal came both from Starboard Value and institutional investor Wellington Management. Key contacts in the New York office include Sarkis Jebejian, Eric Schiele, and Shaun Mathew, David Fox, and Daniel Wolf. The Houston team in particular is a go-to advisor for energy companies facing threats of activist actions; the contact here is Sean Wheeler.