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Vinson & Elkins Named Top Shareholder Activism Defense Practice by Activist Insight for Seventh Consecutive Year

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For the seventh year in a row, Vinson & Elkins’ Shareholder Activism practice has been recognized as the top-ranked law firm for company defense in Activist Insight’s 2022 Adviser Awards.

Over the past seven years, Activist Insight has credited Vinson & Elkins’ Shareholder Activism practice with defending 252 campaigns waged by activists against boards and management teams of public companies – 85 more campaigns than the law firm with the second highest total of campaigns defended during this timeframe.

“Vinson & Elkins’ Shareholder Activism practice includes some of the most trusted and highly sought-after practitioners in the industry,” said Lawrence Elbaum, partner and co-head of Vinson & Elkins’ Shareholder Activism practice. “Our Activism Defense practice’s continued recognition from Activist Insight further exemplifies the practice’s hard work and success on behalf of our clients,” added Shareholder Activism practice co-head and Vinson & Elkins partner, Patrick Gadson.

In addition to the Activist Insight Awards for 2022, Vinson & Elkins is the only firm to secure a #1 ranking in both The Legal 500 U.S. and Chambers USA for our Shareholder Activism practice in 2022. The practice has recently received several honors for the 2022 year, including:

  • “Tier 1” by Legal 500 U.S., M&A/Corporate and Commercial – Shareholder Activism: Advice to Boards, 2019-2022
  • “Band 1” for Chambers USA’s inaugural year for the practice category: Corporate/M&A: Takeover Defense (New York), 2022
  • #1 Ranked by FactSet and Refinitiv for number of campaigns defended for five years in a row, 2016 – 2021
  • #1 Ranked by Bloomberg for their inaugural league table in 2019 and in 2021 for campaigns defended
  • Nominated for “Activism Defense Law Firm of the Year” by The Deal in 2020 and 2022

Individual recognitions for the co-heads of Vinson & Elkins’ Shareholder Activism practice include:

Lawrence Elbaum

  • Ranked in Chambers USA Corporate/M&A: Takeover Defense (New York), 2021-2022
  • Recognized as “Next Generation Lawyer” (2020) and “Next Generation Partner” (2021 – 2022) by The Legal 500 U.S., Shareholder Activism – Advice to Boards
  • Selected to the New York Super Lawyers List by Super Lawyers, 2022
  • Named New York Law Journal “Rising Star,” 2018

Patrick Gadson

  • Recognized as “Up and Coming” in Chambers USA Corporate/M&A: Takeover Defense (New York), 2021-2022
  • Highlighted as a “Next Generation Partner” by The Legal 500 U.S., Shareholder Activism – Advice to Boards, 2021-2022
  • Featured on Lawdragon’s “500 Leading Dealmakers in America” list, 2021-2022
  • Selected to the New York Rising Stars list by Thomson Reuters “Super Lawyers”, 2022

About Vinson & Elkins
For more than a century, Vinson & Elkins has provided outstanding client service across important industries that drive the global economy. Built on a strong culture of collaboration across 11 offices worldwide, V&E lawyers are committed to excellence, offering clients decades of legal experience in handling transactions, investments, projects and disputes across the globe. Learn more by visiting or follow us on Twitter @VinsonandElkins or connect with us on LinkedIn.

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