Shareholder Activism & Hostile Takeover Defense

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Kirkland is one of the most sought-after advisers to companies and boards of directors under attack by activists and unsolicited corporate bidders. Our shareholder activism and takeover defense experience is uniquely and seamlessly integrated with our leading public company M&A, crisis response, capital markets, litigation, internal investigations and other key practices.

Kirkland regularly serves as counsel in the highest-profile public company takeover matters and shareholder activism campaigns. We also have extensive experience in advising boards on shareholder activism and hostile takeover preparedness, investor engagement, and complex corporate governance matters.

Our deep relationships within the shareholder activism ecosystem, including those with key investors, leading index funds, activist hedge funds, and proxy advisory firms, inform our advice and produce results that successfully align risk mitigation and business objectives for our clients.

Leading M&A/Corporate and Commercial – Shareholder Activism Firm

The Legal 500 U.S., 2019

#2 Adviser to Target Companies by Activist Stake Value

Bloomberg Global Activism Market Review, Adviser Rankings, 2019

"Kirkland's depth across practice areas is #1."

Chambers and Partners, 2018