Shareholder Activism in 2019 and Beyond: Navigating the Fast-Growing Field

Production Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2019 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm (ET)
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Kai Haakon E. Liekefett
Matt Lum
Martin C. Glass
Christopher P. Davis


About Sidley Austin LLP

Sidley is one of the largest U.S. law firms in the world with over 2,000 Lawyers and 20 Offices
in commercial, financial and regulatory centers worldwide known for excellence in all areas of business law.

More than 150 years after the founding of the firm, Sidley today comprises a diverse group of legal professionals from many cultures who are dedicated to teamwork, collaboration and superior client service.


About FW Cook

FW Cook was founded in 1973 to be the premier provider of executive compensation committee advisory services. The Firm services clients from seven offices across the country (New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta, Houston, and Boston), and has worked with more than 3,000 clients, which include both publicly-traded and private organizations that vary by size and industry.

Since the beginning, FW Cook has worked diligently to establish and maintain its reputation as highly ethical and technically strong thought leaders on executive pay matters. This approach has allowed the Firm to become the market leader for executive compensation advisory services among companies in the Fortune 1000 and S&P 500.


About Jenner & Block LLP

Jenner & Block LLP ( is a law firm with global reach, with offices in Chicago, London, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, DC and more than 500 lawyers.  The firm is known for its prominent and successful litigation practice and experience handling sophisticated and high-profile corporate transactions.  Firm clients include Fortune 100 companies, large privately held corporations, financial services institutions, emerging companies and venture capital and private equity investors.  In 2018, The American Lawyer named Jenner & Block to the A-List, which recognizes the top 20 US law firms. The American Lawyer also recognized the firm as the #1 pro bono firm in the United States nine of the past eleven years; the firm has been ranked among the top 10 in this category every year since 1990. In 2018, the publication named the firm its first “Pro Bono Champion.”

Jenner & Block has substantial transactional practices, with experienced groups focusing on corporate and commercial transactions including mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, securities, corporate finance, tax, real estate, environmental, commercial law, bankruptcy and reorganization, benefits, employment, labor and executive compensation, and associations.  We handle transactional work for a wide range of large public corporations as well as privately held businesses, financial institutions, prominent trade associations, nonprofit organizations, new ventures, and individuals.  Our transactional partners have repeatedly been recognized as some of the profession's leading dealmakers by Chambers USA.  During 2018, the practice continued its work on significant and high-profile transactions including General Dynamics' $9.7 billion acquisition of CRSA, Snyder's-Lance Inc.'s $6.1 billion sale to Campbell Soup Company and Lonza Group AG's $630 million sale of its water care business to Platinum Equity as well as its acquisition of a controlling stake in medical technology company Octane Biotech, among other deals.


About Kleinberg, Kaplan, Wolff & Cohen, P.C.

Kleinberg, Kaplan, Wolff & Cohen, P.C. is a leading boutique New York law firm committed to client service, professional excellence and creative solutions. With a focus on investment-driven work, Kleinberg Kaplan excels in the investment funds, transactional, real estate, securities, regulatory, tax, litigation and trusts and estates arenas. The firm delivers a full suite of services to investment managers, institutional and entrepreneurial investors and businesses and affluent families/individuals. Consistently recognized as a leading legal advisor to activists, Kleinberg Kaplan is uniquely positioned to execute on complex deals that help concerned investors gain management’s attention and unlock hidden value. 

The firm’s success has attracted big law laterals with exceptional legal talent sharing a common bond of commitment to clients and work. Kleinberg Kaplan has grown strategically across key practice areas by remaining true to our client-centered focus and commitment to exceptional legal services.