Mr Eleazer Klein > Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile

Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10022
United States
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Work Department

PIPEs, Shareholder Activism, Distressed Investing, Energy, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Regulatory & Compliance, Securities & Capital Markets


Ele Klein is co-chair of the global Shareholder Activism Group and serves as a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. He practices in the areas of shareholder activism, mergers and acquisitions, securities law and regulatory compliance. He represents activists, investment banks and companies in matters ranging from corporate governance and control to proxy contests and defensive strategies. His recent representations have included representing Trian Fund Management in multiple matters; Elliott Management in Marathon Petroleum, Akamai Technologies and Hess Corp.; JANA Partners in Jack in the Box, Whole Foods, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Tiffany; D.E. Shaw in Emerson Electric; Greenlight Capital in General Motors; Cevian Capital in Autoliv, ABB and LM Ericsson; Starboard Value in Papa John’s International and Acacia Research; Caligan Partners in Knowles Corp. and AMAG Pharmaceuticals; Blue Harbour in Investors Bancorp; venBio Select Advisor in Immunomedics; Saba Capital in First Trust; Oasis Capital in Stratus Properties; Altimeter Capital Management in United Continental Holding; SRS Investment Management in Avis Budget Group; and Anchorage in connection with board representation at Houghton Mifflin. Ele works on numerous activist campaigns and related transactions every year for some of the largest private investment groups and investment banks in the United States and abroad. In addition, he advises on private investments in public equity (PIPEs), initial public offerings and secondary offerings, venture capital financing, and indenture defaults and interpretation, and he counsels clients in the regulatory areas of insider trading, short selling, Sections 13 and 16, Rule 144, insider trading and Regulation M/Rule 105.

Ele is recognized as a leading lawyer in Chambers USAThe Legal 500 USNew York Super Lawyers – New York Metro Top 100 and Super Lawyers Business Edition. He has served as a moderator and speaker at numerous conferences and events addressing Shareholder Activism, regulatory and reporting issues, PIPEs, M&A deals, the capital markets and other topics of interest to the alternative investment industry. He contributed to the 2020 Shareholder Activism Insight report (produced by Activist Insight in association with SRZ), The Activist Investing Annual Review 2019 (produced by Activist Insight in association with SRZ) and the 2018 Shareholder Activism Insight report (published by SRZ in association with Activist Insight and Okapi Partners). Ele received his J.D. from Yale Law School where was senior editor on The Yale Law Journal.


American Bar Association; Yale Law School Center for the Study of Corporate Law, Board of Advisors.


Yale Law School, JD.

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Leading individuals: Advice to shareholders)

Eleazer KleinSchulte Roth & Zabel LLP

Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP boasts a full-service offering for activist investors, with core strengths in campaign strategies and proxy contests, strategic corporate governance, and litigation. In 2019, the firm successfully represented Starboard Value in its investment in Papa John’s, an unusual deal whereby Starboard was invited to make an investment and have its principal join the board as chairman to fend off a challenge from the company’s founder, John Schnatter. The team also handled a number of standout matters for Elliott Management and Saba Capital Management. Based in New York, the practice is jointly led by Eleazer Klein and Marc Weingarten, both described by one client as ‘smart and seasoned‘, with the ‘creative‘ Aneliya Crawford also being involved in a number of large cases.