Lawrence Elbaum > Vinson & Elkins LLP > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile

Vinson & Elkins LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10103-0040
United States
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Work Department

Shareholder Activism




Lawrence Elbaum is the co-head of V&E’s Shareholder Activism practice. He leverages more than a decade of experience as a securities attorney and business advisor to counsel senior management and boards of public companies with respect to shareholder activism campaigns and complex corporate governance matters.

Lawrence is highly experienced in advising clients concerning proxy fights, merger contests, consent solicitations, “Withhold the Vote” or “Vote No” campaigns, precatory proposals and short attacks. He also counsels clients on strategic investor relations and shareholder activism-related litigation and investigations in the U.S. and abroad.

Over the past five proxy seasons, Lawrence has successfully led scores of defense engagements across all market capitalizations and covering virtually every industry, including retail/wholesale, restaurant, hospitality, energy, mining, manufacturing, engineering, pharmaceutical and real estate/REITs. He also represents select investors in activism campaigns against public companies.

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Next Generation Partners: Advice to boards)

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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.