Shaun J. Mathew is a corporate partner in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. His practice focuses on counseling public companies and their boards of directors on shareholder activism and hostile takeover response and preparedness, investor engagement, and complex corporate governance matters. Shaun also has significant experience advising public and private companies on U.S. and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, strategic investments, and other special situations.


Thought Leadership

Press Mentions

Quoted, “Activist Investors Gain Clout as Stocks Tumble,” The Wall Street Journal, December 2018


Surviving Activist Shareholders, Passive Index Funds and Corporate Crises,” Corporate Board Member, September 10, 2018

Shareholder Activism – Evolving Tactics,” Kirkland & Ellis LLP M&A Update, August 9, 2018

Advance Notice Bylaw Deadlines – A Warning Shot,” Kirkland & Ellis LLP M&A Update, May 16, 2018

Advance Notice Bylaws – Advantage Confirmed,” Kirkland & Ellis LLP M&A Update, April 16, 2018

“Takeaways from BlackRock’s 2018 CEO Letter,” Law360, January 26, 2018

“Diversity Poised To Take Center Stage In 2018 Proxy Season,” Law360, December 14, 2017

“The Role of Independent Directors in Controlled Indian Firms: Preliminary Interview Evidence,” National Law School of India Review, Vol. 22, 2010 (co-author)

“Hostile Takeovers in India: New Prospects, Challenges and Regulatory Opportunities,” Columbia Business Law Review 800, 2007


Shareholder Activism: Adapting to a New Era of Investor Relations, Equilar Webinar (November 2018)

Shareholder Activism Spotlight, Merrill Insight (September 2018)

How to Handle Post-Deal Activism, DealLawyers.com (January 2018)

Shareholder Activism and Contested Corporate Elections: Lessons from the Trenches, American Bar Association (November 2017)

M&A and Shareholder Activism Panel, Global Restaurant Leadership Conference, Dubai (October 2017)

Shareholder Engagement Roundtable, Harvard Law School Program on Corporate Governance (June 2017)

Shareholder Activism Panel, Harvard Association for Law & Business, Harvard Law School (April 2017)

“Global Perspectives in Mergers and Acquisitions: Value Creation in an Increasingly Complex Corporate Environment,” South Asian Bar Association of North America Convention (May 2016)

Current Trends in the M&A Market, 3rd Annual Harvard Law & Business Symposium, Harvard Law School (March 2014)

Memberships & Affiliations

Harvard Association of Law and Business (Co-Chair, Alumni Advisory Board)

NYU Lawyer Alumni Mentoring Program (Advisory Board)

Ashoka Foundation (Ashoka Support Network)


Admissions & Qualifications

  • New York
  • Texas


  • Harvard Law SchoolJ.D.cum laude

    Founder, Harvard Association of Law & Business

  • New York UniversityB.A., Economics & Politicssumma cum laude
  • London School of EconomicsGeneral Course