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FactSet Awards V&E's Shareholder Activism Practice #1 Ranking for Company Defense in 2020

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V&E Achieves FactSet’s Highest Ranking for 5th Year in a Row

Vinson & Elkins’ Shareholder Activism practice has been awarded the #1 ranking by FactSet for company and board representation based on the number of campaigns defended in 2020.

This is the 5th consecutive year that FactSet has awarded V&E’s Shareholder Activism practice this highest ranking. During this time, FactSet has credited V&E’s Shareholder Activism practice with defending 131 campaigns waged by activists against boards and management teams of public companies – nearly 50% more campaigns than the law firm with the second highest total of campaigns defended over the past five years.

V&E’s Shareholder Activism team has also received many other top rankings for public company defense, including:

  • The top ranking for public company defense by Activist Insight in 2020. V&E has received Activist Insight’s #1 ranking for public company defense for five straight years.
  • The #1 ranking by Refinitiv for company and board representation for full-year rankings 2016 through 2019; and
  • The #1 ranking in Bloomberg’s inaugural league table for company defense for 2019 and the #3 ranking in its 2020 league table

V&E’s Shareholder Activism practice also continues to rank among the top firms in the nation according to Legal 500 U.S. 2020’s guide for Shareholder Activism – Advice to Boards. The Legal 500 U.S. 2020 guide further recognized Lawrence Elbaum and Patrick Gadson, co-heads of V&E’s Shareholder Activism practice – Elbaum as one of only two “Next Generation Partners” in the category and Gadson as a recommended practitioner. Sources laud Elbaum for “unsurpassed experience in, and knowledge of, this space,” and Gadson as “just the best” and a “go-to legal advisor” for activism defense situations.

Comprising approximately 30 attorneys, V&E’s Shareholder Activism practice leverages the firm’s top-tier M&A, corporate governance, securities and litigation practices to defend public companies and their boards in proxy fights and other high-impact matters where corporate control is at stake.

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