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Sarah E. Fortt

Sarah E. Fortt Senior Associate, Mergers & Acquisitions and Capital Markets

Sarah’s practice is focused on board-level matters. She regularly engages with boards, public and private, on matters regarding corporate governance, disclosure and regulation, and provides board education, representation and engagement on topics including corporate culture and disclosure, reporting requirements, “ESG” (environmental, social and governance) matters, investor engagement, board composition and board and c-suite succession planning and transition management.  Sarah also assists boards in assessing their readiness to address corporate crises, including cybersecurity incidents and investor activism, and advises real time on company crises and board investigations.  Sarah is a founding member of Vinson & Elkins' ESG Taskforce and is also an experienced securities lawyer with a background in executive compensation.

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Experience Highlights

  • Presentations to S&P 500 boards of directors on corporate governance best practices and key governance developments, including insights on crisis management, succession planning, risk oversight, executive compensation, board communications and materials, and shareholder relations
  • Support to companies ranging from the newly public to Fortune 100 in their preparation for their annual shareholders’ meetings, including addressing shareholder activism and proposals, drafting and reviewing proxy statement disclosure and assisting with shareholder engagement efforts 
  • Policy statements for trade groups and thought leaders regarding corporate governance and comment letters to the Securities and Exchange Commission on key governance developments 
  • Ongoing governance support for dozens of corporations, including conflict of interest considerations, director independence analysis and implementation of governance policies and procedures 
  • Detailed analyses of current practices and compilation of governance recommendations for nonprofit and charitable organizations 


Contact Details

Austin

T +1.512.542.8438
M +1.713.269.9042
F +1.512.236.3285
sfortt@velaw.com
2801 Via Fortuna
Suite 100
Austin, TX 78746
Local time: 9:38 AM
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Sarah's Practices

  • Yale Law School, J.D., 2010 (Editor, Yale Journal on Regulation)
  • Admitted to practice:  New York; District of Columbia; Texas