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Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP
1325 AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS
NEW YORK, NY 10019
United States

Work Department

ShareholderActivism Practice Group

Position

Partner, Co-Head

Career

Andy’s practice focuses on shareholder activism, mergers & acquisitions, hostile takeovers and hedge fund strategies such as merger arbitrage and distressed investments. Andy has represented activist investors in connection with hundreds of major shareholder activism campaigns that have led to the replacement of approximately 700 public company directors. His recent representations have included Starboard Value at Papa John’s and AECOM; Elliott Management at EBay and QEP Resources; H Partners at Six Flags; Prescience Point at MiMedx; Browning West at Dominos Pizza Group plc (UK); and Barington Capital at L Brands.

Andy is frequently quoted as an industry expert in the area of shareholder activism in national publications and news outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, Corporate Secretary Magazine, Law360, Activist Insight, Activism Monthly, and The Deal. Andy also speaks on activist panels throughout the country and contributes articles on shareholder activism to notable media publications. 

Notably, Andy was an integral part of the team that led the representation of Starboard Value on its historic full board victory at Darden Restaurants; H. Partners on its successful, precedent setting withhold campaign at Tempur Sealy; Starboard Value in its successful settlement at Yahoo!; and Elliott Management in its successful campaign at Arconic.

Andy has substantial experience advising on activist campaigns in Canada.  He has represented clients in more than two dozen proxy contests in Canada, including recently advising private equity firm Waterton in its successful proxy contest at Hudbay Minerals. He has also advised on several recent campaigns in the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands and Bermuda.

Andy has been cited for his preeminence in shareholder activism and corporate and securities by Chambers USA, Legal 500 US (Tier 1 Leading Lawyer) and Super Lawyers.

Olshan’s Shareholder Activism Practice Group is widely recognized as the nation’s premier practice in representing activist investors in contested director elections. The Group is consistently ranked as the No. 1 legal advisor to activist investors by every league table and publication that covers shareholder activism, including Bloomberg’s League Tables, the FactSet SharkRepellant Activism Scorecard, Refinitiv Global Shareholder Activism Scorecard, Activist Insight Monthly and The Deal Activism League Table. In 2019, Olshan advised on a record number 105 campaigns according to Activist Insight Monthly.

The Legal 500 United States 2019 guide to leading law firms and attorneys has named Olshan’s Shareholder Activism Practice as a Top Tier 1 Leading Firm in M&A/corporate and commercial: Shareholder Activism – advice to shareholders. The publication affirmed that Olshan “advises leading activist hedge funds on their campaigns” and “also handles M&A related activism.”

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

Education

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