Stradley Ronon’s nationally recognized Investment Management Group represents investment company clients with more than 1,500 separate series/funds and assets under management exceeding $2 trillion. The Investment Management Group represents closed-end funds (CEFs), their sponsors, investment advisers and boards of directors in connection with securities offerings, structuring leverage, periodic disclosure requirements, compliance matters and related topics, and represents CEFs in marketing their shares via offerings registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940 and the Securities Act of 1933, on national stock exchanges and through private placements. The group also serves as special counsel to CEFs, investors, industry trade groups and other law firms regarding complex issues arising under the 1940 Act, the 1933 Act, the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and the rules and regulations of national stock exchanges and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.
With 13 offices worldwide, Vinson & Elkins is committed to excellence in client service, offering clients experience in handling their transactions, investments, projects and disputes across the globe. Established in 1917, the firm’s time-tested role as trusted advisor has made V&E a go-to law firm for many of the world’s leading businesses. The firms Shareholder Activism practice has been ranked first for company defense by SharkRepellent and Refinitiv/Thomson Reuters for Q2 2019, 2018 and 2017, as well as Activist Insight for 2018 and 2017.
Michael D. Mabry, a partner in Stradley Ronon’s investment management practice group, counsels investment companies, investment advisers, broker-dealers and other financial service providers on a variety of securities and corporate matters. Regularly working with mutual funds, listed closed-end funds, interval funds and exchange-traded funds, he has counseled boards of directors and investment advisers on regulatory, investigatory, enforcement and litigation matters, including SEC examinations, closed-end fund proxy fights, rescissions and private litigation. Michael helps clients develop, register and launch new and innovative investment products, and assists investment advisers and funds in complex transactions and instruments, including derivatives, credit arrangements, alternative investments, mergers, offshore investments and proxy solicitations. He also assists investment adviser clients with registration and disclosure requirements, self-custody, compliance and marketing.
He received his law degree from the University of Virginia, a master’s degree in economics from Bowling Green State University, and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan.
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.