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Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10019
United States

Work Department

ShareholderActivism Practice Group


Co-Managing Partner and Chair, Shareholder Activism Practice


Widely acknowledged as one of the preeminent practitioners globally in shareholder activism, Andrew Freedman represents many of the top activist investors in their campaigns at public companies worldwide. A co-founder of Olshan’s Shareholder Activism Practice, he now leads Olshan’s top-ranked global Shareholder Activism Group. Leading activist investors choose Andy to guide them in their shareholder activism campaigns, proxy contests, 13D filings, corporate governance matters and public company engagements. Private equity firms also seek his counsel regarding “toehold” stakes, PIPEs, M&A strategies, and transaction negotiations, including offer letters, NDAs, and regulatory issues. During his career, Andy has represented investors in more than 1,000 activist campaigns in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Asia, helping clients replace more than 1,500 directors on public company boards and improve corporate governance practices. A creative and strategic thinker, Andy finds solutions. He has achieved landmark, precedent-setting proxy contest wins, including for Starboard Value in its historic full board victory at Darden Restaurants in 2014, which marked the first-ever replacement of an entire board of an S&P 500 company. More recently, he led Browning West in its remarkable full board victory at Gildan Activewear. He was integral to H Partners’ seminal withhold campaign victory at Tempur Sealy and advised Elliott Management in many of its successful campaigns, including at Arconic and Suncor Energy. He has delivered similar successful results for activist shareholders at public companies like Shutterfly, Alcoa, L Brands and Pitney Bowes. Andy’s skill in assessing the prospects for change and devising proxy campaign strategies gives clients a competitive edge regardless of campaign constraints. He is regularly praised as a tenacious adversary and a master strategist, and is sophisticated in managing the myriad technical details of campaigns. A tactician of the highest order and aggressive in delivering results, Andy’s talent and reputation lend credibility to his clients’ campaigns, ultimately resulting in highly successful outcomes. Chambers USA has ranked him as a “Leading Lawyer” in Shareholder Activism and one of the top practitioners in the U.S. since 2017.

The Legal 500 United States ranks him as a Tier 1 Leading Lawyer in M&A/Corporate and Commercial: Shareholder Activism-Advice to Shareholders. Under Andy’s leadership, Olshan has been ranked the No. 1 legal advisor to activist investors by just about every league table and publication covering shareholder activism. Quoted frequently as an authority in leading national publications and news outlets, like The Wall Street Journal, Andy is a sought-after speaker on activist panels throughout the U.S. and authors articles on shareholder activism for media and academic journals, including Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance.

Andy is quoted frequently as an industry expert in national publications and news outlets and also speaks on activist panels throughout the country and contributes articles on shareholder activism to notable media and academic publications.


Andy received his J.D. from Washington University School of Law, St. Louis and holds a B.S. from University of Michigan.

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Leading lawyers: Advice to shareholders)

Andrew FreedmanOlshan Frome Wolosky LLP

Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP continues to be a standout firm for shareholder activism, routinely serving as counsel to the most prominent investors in the market and involved both in complex matters and in a high volume of mandates. The department is a veteran of all types of activist campaigns, including cross-border work, advising on strategy and campaign management for clients navigating myriad issues. The versatile team is chaired by Andrew Freedman, a pre-eminent figure in shareholder-side activism advice, representing many of the most prolific activist investors and investment funds, as well as newly launched activist investment firms. Vice-chairs Elizabeth Gonzalez-Sussman and Ryan Nebel are further figures to note; Nebel excels in contentious and complex matters, and Gonzalez-Sussman has recently acted in unsolicited acquisitions and proxy campaigns for control. Shareholder activism pioneer and chair emeritus Steve Wolosky is another team member with vast experience, and Meagan Reda and Kenneth Mantel also stand out.