Shareholder Engagement and Activism

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Public companies and investors alike benefit from Ropes & Gray’s extensive experience with proxy contests and pre-contest negotiations.

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“They’re incredibly business-savvy and understand the consequences of their advice.” Client, Chambers USA

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M&A Chair Examines COVID-19 Economic Downturn Impact on M&A and Strategic Buyers

Mergers & acquisitions partner Paul Scrivano (San Francisco) was quoted in a Connecticut Financial News (CTFN) article that discusses how hedge funds, private equity firms and strategic buyers are in early preparations for hostile takeovers and shareholder activism. Paul ...

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Overview

Ropes & Gray has deep experience providing strategic advice to both public companies and investors engaged in proxy contests, pre-contest negotiations and other forms of shareholder engagement. With a relentless focus on favorable outcomes and client service, we help clients organize teams and navigate the challenges with minimum distraction from their core business.

Our experience representing both publicly traded companies and institutional investor clients gives us unique perspective into the motivation and strategies of both sides. Our firm culture enables us to work seamlessly across disciplines with integrated teams from M&A, litigation, securities regulation and corporate governance practices.

Offensive

What’s at stake for our Institutional Investor Clients

  • Reputational risk 
  • Opportunity cost
  • Value of investment
  • Relationships with other investors
  • Compliance with SEC regulations

Why Ropes & Gray

  • We regularly advise investors on constructive engagement with management
  • We advise institutional investor clients (including hedge funds) potentially engaged in an activist campaign, proxy contest and pre-contest negotiation
  • We regularly work with other advisors, including communications firms, proxy solicitors and bankers

Defensive

What’s at stake for our Public Company Clients

  • Distraction of management
  • Reputational risk for both the company and individual executives
  • Potential loss of control of company
  • Compliance with SEC regulations
  • Relationship with shareholders

Why Ropes & Gray

  • We provide ongoing advice to companies on shareholder communications and outreach, engagement with activists, and defenses against threatened and actual proxy contests or other shareholder activism
  • We regularly work with other advisors, including communications firms, proxy solicitors and bankers
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