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Vinson & Elkins' Shareholder Activism Defense Practice Ranked #1 Globally by Bloomberg

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Bloomberg, one of the leading financial news and data companies in the world, has awarded Vinson & Elkins’ Shareholder Activism practice the top ranking for global and U.S. company and board representation based on number of shareholder activism campaigns defended in 2021.

The firm was credited with 38 company-side engagements in 2021, a 40 percent year-over-year increase. This is the second time since Bloomberg released its inaugural Global Activism Market Review in 2019 that Vinson & Elkins has earned the distinction of top Global and U.S. Shareholder Activism practice.

Bloomberg Global Activism Market Review 2021 – Top Legal Advisers

Region Top Adviser FY 2021 # Stake $b Top Adviser 2020
Global Vinson & Elkins 38 $4.8 Sidley Austin
U.S. Vinson & Elkins 36 $4.7 Sidley Austin
Canada Davies Ward 5 $0.1 Blake Cassels
Europe Slaughter and May 5 $1.7 White & Case
Asia Pacific Herbert Smith Freehills 2 $0.2 Minter Ellison
Global ($1b+) Wachtell Lipton 18 $7.3 Wachtell Lipton

Bloomberg also ranked Vinson & Elkins as No. 1 legal advisor in the Consumer Discretionary, Energy and Industrials sectors.

This recognition follows the firm’s unprecedented sixth straight year receiving a top ranking for company defense as part of Activist Insight’s 2021 Adviser Awards.

Over the past six years, Activist Insight has credited Vinson & Elkins’ Shareholder Activism practice with defending 194 campaigns waged by activists against boards and management teams of public companies – 75 more campaigns than the law firm with the second highest total of campaigns defended during this timeframe.

Read more about this and other rankings for the practice here.

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