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Sarah E. Fortt

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

Sarah’s areas of focus are corporate governance, board representation and securities law. She advises clients, including public companies and their boards of directors, on corporate governance, securities law and regulatory matters, including exchange listing standards, and investor outreach and relations. Representative matters include advising clients on Securities and Exchange Commission reporting requirements, board and committee procedures and governance documents, board and senior management succession planning, shareholder engagement and corporate governance activism, proxy and periodic disclosures, director independence and qualification matters, proxy advisory firm voting policies, and internal and disclosure controls and procedures. Sarah’s areas of expertise also include board-level crisis preparedness, cybersecurity and cyber-risk considerations, and environmental and social governance matters and disclosures, including climate change-related disclosures, and Sarah is also well versed in executive compensation best practices and disclosures.

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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 regarding 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: 11:22 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