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Kai Liekefett

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Kai Liekefett is a partner in the New York M&A group and leads Sidley’s shareholder activism practice. He has more than 18 years of experience in corporate law in New York, Houston, London, Germany, Hong Kong and Tokyo. Kai focuses his practice on advising companies on proxy contests, withhold-the-vote and other shareholder activism campaigns, as well as hostile and unsolicited takeover bids.

Kai is fluent in English and German.

Publications

“ISS and Glass Lewis Policy Updates for the 2019 Proxy Season,” Corporate Governance Update, November 27, 2018

“New Ruling on Fujifilm-Xerox Transaction,” Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, October 30, 2018

“Top Activism Attorney: Pendulum Has Swung Back to Boards Since Starboard Dominated Darden,” CorpGov, September 13, 2018

“The Insincerity of Activists Touting Good Corporate Governance,” Sidley Update, June 8, 2018

“Activist Spotlight: Sidley's Liekefett On War-and-Peace-Time in Activism,” The Deal Podcast, April 3, 2018

“Activists are Hereby on Notice: Board Authority to Reject Deficient Director Nominations,” Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, April 16, 2018

“Activists Are Hereby on Notice: Boards Have the Power to Reject Deficient Director Nominating Notices,” Sidley Update, April 4, 2018