Jeffery Burton Floyd
Vinson & Elkins LLP
Jeff Floyd is co-head of V&E’s Shareholder Activism practice. He is a member of the Firm’s Management Committee and a Senior Partner in the Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity practice. Jeff has two decades of experience representing clients in proxy contests, corporate control transactions and complex corporate governance matters.
Jeff’s first proxy fight was the defense of American General from Torchmark in 1990. In recent years, Jeff has been involved in the defense of a number of public companies in a broad spectrum of activism defense engagements, including Denbury Resources, Sandridge Energy, Delek US, Gulf Island Fabrication, Endeavour International Corporation, Conn’s and Oil States International against activists including Starboard Value, Jana Partners, Mangrove Partners, Carl Icahn, Piton Capitol and Pacific View Asset Management. He also has occasionally represented shareholders taking an activist role including Continental Grain in its activism campaign with D.E. Shaw against Bunge and Blackwells Capital in its proxy contest against Supervalu.