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Shaun J. Mathew

Shaun J. Mathew Counsel, Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity

Shaun is one of the leaders of V&E’s Shareholder Activism Response Team and has extensive experience advising companies on proxy contests and other shareholder activism campaigns.  He also counsels senior management, boards of directors and both private equity and strategic investors in a wide variety of complex business transactions, corporate governance matters, strategic investor relations and other special situations. His experience includes advising clients in connection with hostile takeovers, public and private M&A transactions, spin-offs, strategic minority investments and both corporate and financial venture capital investments. Prior to joining Vinson & Elkins in Austin, Shaun practiced law at a leading corporate law firm in New York City.

Experience Highlights

  • Stratus Properties in its proxy contest defense against Carl Berg 
  • Crest Financial Limited in its proxy contest against the merger of Clearwire Corporation with Sprint Nextel Corporation, resulting in an increase of the merger consideration of approximately 70% from $2.97 to $5.00, valuing Clearwire at $14 billion
  • Old Point Financial in its proxy contest defense against PL Capital 
  • RiceBran Technologies in its proxy contest defense against LF-RB Group 
  • Targa Resources Partners and Targa Resources Corp. in the $7.7 billion acquisition of Atlas Pipeline Partners and Atlas Energy
  • Cirrus Logic in its $488 million acquisition of Wolfson Microelectronics, a supplier of mixed-signal semiconductor devices and audio solutions to the consumer electronics market traded on the London Stock Exchange
  • CS Disco, a leading provider of software as a service solutions developed by lawyers for lawyers, in its $18.575 million Series C financing from The Stephens Group, Bessemer Venture Partners and LiveOak Venture Partners

Shareholder Activism

  • Stratus Properties in its proxy contest defense against Carl Berg 
  • Rubicon Technology in its proxy contest defense against Paragon Technologies 
  • Old Point Financial in its proxy contest defense against PL Capital 
  • RiceBran Technologies in its proxy contest defense against LF-RB Group 
  • Crest Financial Limited in its proxy contest against the merger of Clearwire Corporation with Sprint Nextel Corporation, resulting in an increase of the merger consideration of approximately 70% from $2.97 to $5.00, valuing Clearwire at $14 billion
  • A leading U.S. restaurant chain in a proxy contest by an activist investor seeking board representation

Venture Capital Investment

  • Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures in multiple financings, including the $25 million Series D financing of ConXtech, the Series D financing of Siluria Technologies, the $20 million Series D financing of Rive Technology, the Series D financing of Novomer, and the Series B financing of Utilidata 
  • LiveOak Venture Partners in its Series A financing of CS Disco, a legal technology company that provides e-discovery software
  • CS Disco in its $10.5 million Series B financing by Bessemer Venture Partners and LiveOak Venture Partners
  • Crest Capital Ventures in the up to $17 million preferred stock investment in WeVideo, a cloud-based, video editing services company, through a series of up to three tranches

Private Equity

  • Port Logistics Group, an Austin Ventures portfolio company, in the sale of the company, a provider of gateway logistics services, to Endeavour Capital
  • Austin Ventures in its acquisition of SAM, Inc., a surveying, mapping and engineering company 

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • EZ Corp in the $50 million sale of its majority interest in Grupo Finmart, a provider of consumer loans to government agency employees in Mexico, to AlphaCredit
  • Targa Resources Partners and Targa Resources Corp. in the $7.7 billion acquisition of Atlas Pipeline Partners and Atlas Energy
  • QR Energy in its $3 billion merger with Breitburn Energy Partners
  • Eagle Rock Energy Partners in its $614 million merger with Vanguard Natural Resources 
  • Eagle Rock Energy Partners in the $1.325 billion contribution of its midstream business to Regency Energy Partners
  • Sabine Oil & Gas in its merger with Forest Oil Corporation through an all-stock transaction
  • Majority unitholders of Oxford Resources GP in the acquisition by Westmoreland Coal Company of Oxford Resources GP and contribution of certain royalty bearing coal reserves to Oxford Resources Partners in return for common units
  • BMC Software in the acquisition of assets of CDB Software, a mainframe data management company
  • FMC Technologies in the sale of its material handling products business to Syntron Material Handling, an affiliate of Levine Leichtman Capital Partners Private Capital Solutions
  • ArcBest Corporation in its $26 million acquisition of Bear Transportation Services, a private, non-asset truckload brokerage firm
  • International Studies Abroad, an educational travel company, in its sale to WorldStrides, a Carlyle Group portfolio company
  • Enviva Wilmington Holdings in its $131 million drop down of the Southampton wood pellet production plant and related assets to Enviva Partners
  • Manufacturer of processed biomass fuel in the acquisition of a wood pellet production plant operator
  • Century Payments in the sale of the company, an electronic payment processing company, to a wholly owned subsidiary of WorldPay US
  • Magnablend Holdings in the sale of the company, a provider of chemical manufacturing, blending, and packaging solutions, to industries, including energy/oil and gas services, agriculture, water treatment, construction, and industrial cleaning, to Univar
  • U.S.-based corrugated packing and building products company in connection with a hostile takeover bid by a global paper products company

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New York, NY 10103-0040
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Shaun's Practices

  • Harvard Law School, J.D. cum laude, 2007 (Co-Founder, Harvard Association for Law & Business)
  • New York University, B.A., Economics, Politics summa cum laude, 2004
  • London School of Economics and Political Science, General Course, 2002–2003
  • Admitted to practice: New York; Texas
  • Selected to the Texas Rising Stars list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2016 and 2017

  • Member: Harvard Association for Law & Business Alumni Advisory Board
  • Member: NYU Lawyer Alumni Mentoring Program Advisory Board
  • Member: Austin Asian American Resource Center Non-Profit Board