Ashby & Geddes

Chancery Department

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What the team is known for A respected team with a strong track record in the Court of Chancery serving as lead and local counsel. Areas of strength include M&A litigation, fiduciary duty cases and proxy contests. Also handles statutory appraisal proceedings under Delaware General Corporation Law. Often called upon to represent boards of directors, stockholders and CEOs, with experience of both plaintiff and defendant-side work.

Strengths Sources report: "They are diligent, responsive and smart."

Clients say the team is "very knowledgeable about local law and practice."

Work highlights Represented Muzik against a stockholder action, brought under Sections 220 and 211 of the DGCL, that sought access to books and records.

Notable practitioners

Catherine Gaul is a respected litigator who is considered a “very smart and efficient attorney with a good presence in court.” She has well-rounded knowledge and offers particular skill in the handling of breach of fiduciary duty and contract disputes.

Philip Trainer acts on behalf of both companies and individuals in complex litigation including breach of fiduciary duty claims and valuation disputes. One client reports: “His knowledge of Delaware law and the Delaware courts is superb.”

Sources describe Stephen Jenkins as a “really smart and creative” attorney. He draws particular praise for his handling of appraisal actions, fiduciary duty disputes and corporate governance concerns.