Ms Aneliya Crawford > 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

Shareholder Activism, Mergers & Acquisitions, Hedge Funds, Regulatory & Compliance


Aneliya S. Crawford represents hedge funds and other large investors in matters concerning shareholder activism, proxy contests, hostile takeovers, corporate governance, and mergers and acquisitions. She is one of the leading attorneys representing activist investors globally with close to 200 major shareholder activism contests, including campaigns in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and Latin America. Aneliya has extensive experience providing strategic guidance to investors on activist strategies, including proxy contests, settlement negotiations, corporate governance, consent solicitations, letter-writing campaigns, hostile takeovers and M&A transactions. She provides counsel to clients on their equity investments in public companies, and she also represents public and private companies in mergers and acquisitions and asset purchase and stock purchase transactions. Most recently, Aneliya represented Trian Fund Management in the largest proxy contest to date. The successful campaign sought the addition of Trian CEO and founding partner Nelson Peltz to the Board of Directors of Procter & Gamble.

Aneliya has been recognized as a “Recommended Lawyer” in The Legal 500 US in M&A/Corporate and Commercial: Shareholder Activism – Advice to Shareholders for 2019. The leading industry publication noted how the “‘hardworking and creative’ Aneliya Crawford advised Trian Fund Management on its successful campaign to appoint the manager’s co-founder Ed Garden to the board of General Electric.” The Legal 500 highlighted also her work advising “Sports Direct on its campaign at Iconix Brand Group, securing two board seats in a cooperation agreement” and “UBS, as financial advisor to Elliott Management, in relation to its campaign at NXP Semiconductors.” A recognized thought leader, Aneliya has become a leading source for business journalists and business news organizations and a much sought-after speaker. She has served as a moderator and speaker at numerous conferences and events addressing shareholder activism, M&A and corporate governance. She 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) and has authored articles published in the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial RegulationForbesHFMWeek and others. Aneliya was named to Crain’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2018 and has been named a New York “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine each year since 2014 for her shareholder activism and M&A practice. Aneliya received her M.L.A., magna cum laude, from Harvard University, her J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and her B.A. from American University in Bulgaria.


100 Women in Finance; 2020 Women on Boards.


Harvard University, MLA, magna cum laude; Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, JD; American University in Bulgaria, BA.

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Next Generation Partners: Advice to shareholders)

Aneliya CrawfordSchulte 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.