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Kai Liekefett

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Kai is a partner in New York and co-chairs Sidley’s Shareholder Activism Practice. He has nearly 20 years of experience in corporate law in New York, London, Germany, Hong Kong and Tokyo. In the last 5 years, Kai has defended over 50 proxy contests, more than any other defense attorney in the world. He is one of very few lawyers in the world who devote 100% of their time to activism defense and proxy fights. Kai has been named “2019 Dealmaker of the Year” by The American Lawyer for Sidley’s groundbreaking Wynn Resorts proxy contest. He has been recognized in the 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 editions of Chambers USA as one of only seven leading attorneys for Corporate/M&A: Takeover Defense. Kai is speaking regularly about shareholder activism on panels and universities around the world. He is frequently interviewed and quoted as activism thought leader by the national and international media, including by CNN, The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, The New York Times, Bloomberg, Reuters, Financial Times, USA Today, Forbes, Law360 and The Deal. Kai sits on the board of the New York Chapter of the NACD.