Shareholder Activism & Hostile Takeover Defense

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Public companies and boards of directors facing activists and unsolicited corporate bidders turn to Kirkland for consistently differentiated results driven by its commitment to think outside the box, aversion to “cookie cutter” advice, and willingness to leverage deep relationships within the activism and takeover defense ecosystem. Kirkland’s unparalleled transactional platform, across M&A, private equity, capital markets and financing, paired with its depth of expertise across industries and geographies, provides a unique window into emerging market trends and insights that is unavailable to any of our peers.

Our team has successfully defended against all of the leading activists, as well as numerous first-time and unconventional actors. Strong relationships with the decision makers at leading index funds, activist funds, and proxy advisory firms, as well as with all the leading players across the activism and takeover defense ecosystem, inform our advice and result in better outcomes for our clients.

Kirkland’s sole motivation is to achieve the results that best suit our clients’ situation-specific strategic and commercial objectives, and we are not anchored to any ideological or historical approach to activism or takeover defense.

Tier 1 Shareholder Activism: Advice to Boards

The Legal 500 U.S., 2021

Activist Defense Law Firm of the Year

The Deal Awards, 2020

“Its lawyers have a level of work ethic and pace that exceeds any other law firm I have worked with.”

Chambers USA, 2020