A Partner and Co-Chair of the firm’s Activist & Equity Investment Group, Andrew Freedman is one of the leading attorneys in the nation practicing in the area of shareholder activism and advises some of the nation’s most prolific activist investors, including Starboard Value and Elliott.
Andy has been ranked by Chambers USA as a “Leading Lawyer” in Corporate/M&A: Shareholder Activism category. According to Chambers USA, Andy “is a respected attorney who focuses his practice on representing activist investors in shareholder activist campaigns.”
Andy’s practice focuses on shareholder activism, mergers & acquisitions, hostile takeovers and hedge fund strategies such as merger arbitrage and distressed investments. Andy has represented activist investors in connection with hundreds of major shareholder activism campaigns that have led to the replacement of approximately 700 public company directors.
Andy is frequently quoted as an industry expert in the area of shareholder activism in national publications and news outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, Corporate Secretary Magazine, Law360, Activist Insight, Activism Monthly, and The Deal. Andy also speaks on activist panels throughout the country and contributes articles on shareholder activism to notable media publications.
Notably, Andy was an integral part of the team that led the representation of Starboard Value on its “historic” full board victory at Darden Restaurants; H. Partners on its successful, precedent setting withhold campaign at Tempur Sealy; Starboard Value in its successful settlement at Yahoo!; and Elliott Management in its successful campaign at Arconic.
Andy has experience advising on activist campaigns in Canada. He has represented clients in more than two dozen proxy contests in Canada, and he has a strong understanding of the rules and regulations governing Canadian companies.
Olshan’s Shareholder Activism Practice Group is widely recognized as the nation’s premier practice in representing activist investors in contested director elections. We are consistently ranked as the No. 1 legal advisor to activist investors by just about every league table and publication that covers shareholder activism, including the FactSet SharkRepellant Activism Scorecard, Refinitiv Global Shareholder Activism Scorecard and Activist Insight Monthly.
We led the way again in 2018, having advised on more than 100 activist campaigns according to FactSet SharkRepellant. The Legal 500 U.S. 2018 guide listed Olshan’s Shareholder Activism Practice for M&A/corporate and commercial – Corporate Governance. The publication affirmed that Olshan “advises leading activist hedge funds on their campaigns.” Andy received his J.D. from Washington University School of Law, St. Louis and holds a B.S. from University of Michigan.
- J.D., Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, 2004
- B.S., University of Michigan, 1998
Bar & Court Admissions : 2006, New York
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