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Activist Investing

Seward & Kissel represents clients in all aspects of activist investing, from early stage strategic planning to the conduct of full blown proxy contests, combining the skills and talents of a select group of attorneys across a variety of disciplines, including investment management, corporate finance and securities regulation, business transactions and litigation.

 

Seward & Kissel’s activist investing practice attorneys have extensive experience in advising clients in:

 

  • Analyzing company takeover defenses, such as “poison pills” and “shark repellants”
  • Understanding a company’s corporate documents and agreements
  • Shareholder communications, including communication with directors, executive officers and other stakeholders
  • Formation of activist “groups”
  • Director nominations
  • “Bear Hugs” and tender offers
  • Beneficial ownership reporting (e.g., Schedule 13D filings)
  • Contested elections for directors
    • Preparation of proxy materials
    • Compliance with SEC proxy rules
    • Fight letters
    • Press releases
  • Hart-Scott-Rodino Act analysis and filings
  • Offensive and defensive litigation
Seward & Kissel attorneys work closely with our clients to formulate their goals in unlocking shareholder value through action, and design a legal strategy to effect those goals.  In addition, Seward & Kissel attorneys advise our clients on changes in laws, regulations and practices that are important to our activist clients.