Co-Administrative Partners of the Executive Committee: Steven R Gursky, Nina Roket
Number of partners: 44
Number of other lawyers: 51
Olshan, a law firm based in New York, represents major businesses and entrepreneurs in their most significant transactions, problems and opportunities. Olshan’s clients range from public companies, hedge, venture capital, private equity and other investment funds to entrepreneurs and private companies worldwide. Clients choose Olshan for innovative strategies and sophisticated, game-changing advice in corporate, securities law and shareholder activism, complex commercial, corporate and securities litigation, real estate, intellectual property, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, and advertising. Since its founding, Olshan has offered an alternative to the AmLaw 50 law firm business model with responsive, independent and client-focused legal counsel provided by the firm’s senior lawyers.
Main Areas of Practice:
Olshan’s corporate and securities law group provides experienced and creative counsel to public and private issuers, underwriters, venture capital firms and others in a variety of capital-raising transactions. Clients regularly call upon the corporate and securities law group for its expertise in negotiating mergers and acquisitions, credit facilities and other loan transactions, venture capital financings, buyouts and ‘going private’ transactions, navigating contested proxy solicitations, forming, organizing and advising venture capital, hedge fund and private equity partnerships and other matters requiring sophisticated knowledge of the complex federal and state securities and other laws affecting businesses.
Activist & Equity Investment Practice:
Olshan’s activist group is widely recognized and is consistently ranked as the nation’s premier practice in representing activist investors in contested director elections. Lawyers in the activist group have been involved in seeking Board representation at over 650 public companies. The activist group counsels clients on a wide variety of activist strategies, from proxy contests, consent solicitations and hostile takeovers to letter-writing campaigns and behind-the-scenes discussions with management and boards of directors.
The litigation group represents funds, banks and other investors involving securities fraud allegations, brokerdealer disputes, lending, and contests for corporate control. Additionally, the group includes former prosecutors who maintain a white collar defense and whistleblower practice and general commercial litigators involved in a wide array of business and contract disputes involving software development, sales of businesses, sale of goods, executive raiding, real estate, partnership, restrictive covenants, licensing, trademark and copyright.
The real estate law attorneys have particular experience serving clients in the areas of major office buildings, including purchases, sales, financings, space leasing and ground leasing of office buildings, hotels and development sites, retail leasing, where the firm represents major brand retailers in leasing retail space in Manhattan and across the US, ground rent reset arbitrations and real estate joint ventures. Across the nation and particularly in and around New York, the firm’s expertise has garnered it a reputation for having an in-depth knowledge of the industry, providing creativity, diligence and quality service with cost sensitivity.
Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring:
The attorneys in the bankruptcy and financial restructuring group represent or have represented creditors, creditors’ committees, debtors, trustees, bondholders, secured creditors and lenders, landlords and buyers and sellers of distressed assets and debt or equity positions in out-ofcourt restructurings as well as in-court insolvency cases. The firm represents litigants in complex litigation, including fraudulent conveyance, director and officer liability, preference and other commercial disputes involving financially distressed businesses.
The intellectual property law group offers expert counsel and litigation capabilities to enable businesses and individuals to establish, protect and exploit their trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. The trademark practice is particularly extensive. The firm represents clients in contested proceedings before trademark offices domestically and internationally, and initiates litigation worldwide when necessary. Olshan attorneys are highly experienced in obtaining and opposing trademark registrations, enforcing trademarks and defending clients in trademark matters, and in counseling and litigating a wide range of trade secret and unfair competition matters. Firm copyright attorneys offer significant experience in enforcing copyrights and defending against charges of copyright violation.
Advertising, Marketing & Promotions:
The advertising, marketing and promotions group’s attorneys are focused on serving the advertising, Internet, and promotional marketing industries. Whether utilizing the latest in new digital technology to conduct a sweepstakes, incorporating social media into a campaign, or delivering their message through traditional media channels, clients rely on the group for innovative and proactive legal advice that allows them to market effectively. The group’s attorneys are nationally recognized by client- and peer-reviewed rating groups for their abilities and effectiveness in the advertising and promotional marketing law practice areas.
Tax & Personal Planning:
Olshan’s tax and personal planning group provides skilled and sophisticated tax and financial planning services to corporations, partnerships/llcs and other business entities, high net worth individuals, families and fiduciaries of complex estates and trusts.
The employment practices group works closely with clients around the country and in the UK and Europe to provide comprehensive employment counseling, often serving as an extension of their in-house human resources and legal departments. The firm advises and represents executives and public and private employers of all sizes, boards of directors, compensation committees across a wide spectrum of industries. Among other capabilities, the group provides management and employee training, develop and refine equity plans and employment policies, negotiate collective bargaining agreements, investigate and defend allegations of wrongful termination, discrimination and harassment, and minimize risk associated with corporate transactions, corporate restructuring and reductions in force.
The employee benefits group meets the challenges employers face in connection with the compensation of employees and the planning and administration of employee benefits. The group assists in the design and drafting of all forms of executive compensation plans, arrangements and programs. It has extensive experience in designing and drafting all types of change in control agreements, retention agreements and severance agreements.
The insurance coverage law group assists insurers and insureds on coverage issues relating to insurance obligations including directors and officers, general liability, commercial property, commercial crime, benefit plans, employment practices, and other forms of insurance.