Cole Schotz Launches Shareholder Activism Practice with Addition of Veteran Corporate Partner Drew Chapman in New York

Cole Schotz Press Release

Cole Schotz P.C. is pleased to announce Drew Chapman has joined the firm’s New York office to launch and chair its newly-formed Shareholder Activism Practice. He brings more than two decades of experience advising clients on shareholder activism, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, distressed and special situations, and related litigation matters.

At Cole Schotz, Mr. Chapman will build out a practice group focused on representing activist investors, as well as shareholder activism preparedness and defense. He joins from Baker Botts, where he was a member of the firm’s Corporate Practice Group.

“We are excited to welcome Drew to the team at Cole Schotz,” said co-managing shareholder Warren Usatine. “Drew’s versatile practice advising clients on corporate governance, crisis management, and SEC regulatory and enforcement issues, coupled with his substantial background in shareholder activism, will expand the firm’s corporate capabilities, both in New York and across our offices nationwide.”

Mr. Chapman represents some of the world’s leading hedge, credit, distressed, and private equity funds, in addition to frequently counseling boards of directors, special committees, and audit committees.

“I am thrilled to join Cole Schotz. The firm is ideally situated to launch a Shareholder Activism practice. I was looking for a platform that was of the highest quality, conflict free, and with presences in the major markets to which many of our clients are migrating, including Florida and Texas. Cole Schotz has proven its ability to grow market-leading practices, such as its bankruptcy group, and I look forward to working with the firm to build this practice,” Mr. Chapman said.

Mr. Chapman has advised multiple activists with respect to activist campaigns, proxy contests and associated litigation. He has also handled a wide variety of complex transactions and highly adversarial situations for his clients, including assisting one of the world’s largest hedge funds with its investments into and exits from over 25 primarily distressed companies. Mr. Chapman also has extensive experience representing sponsors in the formation, structuring, restructuring, and operation of private funds.

In addition to his practice, Mr. Chapman is the co-founder of the Eagle Down Foundation, a nonprofit which supports the families of wounded or killed in action members of the U.S. Army’s Tier 1 unit. He earned his Bachelor of Laws at Bond University and his Master of Laws at Fordham University.

Cole Schotz’ corporate practice is nationally renowned for providing practical advice regarding all business matters, from simple governance issues to complex corporate transactions, and the firm is regularly cited in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.

As the law continues to evolve on these matters, please note that this article is current as of date and time of publication and may not reflect subsequent developments. The content and interpretation of the issues addressed herein is subject to change. Cole Schotz P.C. disclaims any and all liability with respect to actions taken or not taken based on any or all of the contents of this publication to the fullest extent permitted by law. This is for general informational purposes and does not constitute legal advice or create an attorney-client relationship. Do not act or refrain from acting upon the information contained in this publication without obtaining legal, financial and tax advice. For further information, please do not hesitate to reach out to your firm contact or to any of the attorneys listed in this publication.

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