Patrick Gadson > Vinson & Elkins LLP > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile

Vinson & Elkins LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10103-0040
United States
Patrick Gadson photo

Work Department

Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity




Patrick’s principal areas of practice are private equity, mergers and acquisitions and shareholder activism. Patrick is the New York Chair of V&E’s Shareholder Activism Practice, which advises public companies in competitive proxy solicitations, strategic investor relations, and corporate governance. He also counsels senior management, boards of directors, investment managers and both private equity and strategic investors in a wide variety of complex business transactions, corporate governance matters, strategic investor relations and other special situations. His experience includes advising clients in connection with shareholder activism related investments, hostile takeovers, public and private M&A transactions, strategic minority investments and corporate capital investments.

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Next Generation Partners: Advice to boards)

Patrick GadsonVinson & Elkins LLP

The team at Vinson & Elkins LLP is ‘innovative in its thinking and seemingly available to its clients 24/7‘. It defends boards of public companies against an increasing wave of activism. The work, which is often high-profile, includes proxy contests, vote no campaigns, hostile takeover attempts, merger contests, short attacks, and other activist challenges. The New York-based group is headed up by Lawrence Elbaum and Patrick Gadson. Elbaum has a ‘pristine track record of success‘, due to his experience as a trial lawyer, as well as acting as a business advisor to counsel. Also unique is the group’s approach to D&O liability insurance as a funding mechanism in corporate defense, helping clients recover millions of dollars in fees annually.