Provided by Elizabeth Gonzalez-Sussman
Elizabeth represents and provides strategic guidance to hedge funds and other large investors in shareholder activist situations, including large stock accumulations, behind-the-scenes engagements, letter writing campaigns, exempt solicitations, submitting shareholder proposals, negotiating settlements, running proxy contests, undertaking hostile takeovers and other activist related M&A activity. As Head of ESG Activist Investing, Elizabeth leads ESG-focused campaigns and regularly speaks on ESG developments, including boardroom diversity issues. Elizabeth also advises individual directors and management teams in board disputes at private and public companies. Recent representations have included negotiated settlements by various investor groups at Momentive Inc., Kohl’s Corporation, and Bed Bath & Beyond, a successful proxy campaign for control by an investor group at EQT Corporation, and the successful unsolicited acquisitions of Perry Ellis International, by its founder George Feldenkreis, and R.R. Donnelley & Sons, by Chatham Asset Management. Elizabeth also assists both public and privately-held companies in mergers and acquisitions, capital raising transactions, tender and exchange offers, and general corporate and securities law matters.
Board of Directors of the Columbia Law School Association
Recognized as Tier 1 "Leading Lawyer" in Legal 500 U.S. in Shareholder Activism and named to the Notable Women in Law by Crain's New York Business.
Elizabeth Gonzalez-Sussman represents a clientele of hedge funds and other investors in shareholder activism matters as they occur across a spectrum of industries.
"Elizabeth is a very talented lawyer. She is an excellent negotiator who is great at narrowing down to key issues and giving extremely pragmatic advice."