Sidley has now been ranked the top legal defense advisor in six out of the seven last Bloomberg league tables. Bloomberg has also ranked Sidley as the No. 1 legal defense advisor in the technology, investment fund, and consumer discretionary industries.
Sidley’s representations in the first half of 2023 included Freshpet vs. JANA, Alkermes vs. Sarissa, Rogers vs. Starboard, Nordstrom vs. Ryan Cohen, Emerson Electric vs. National Instruments, LivePerson vs. Starboard, Purple Innovation vs. Coliseum, Blucora/Avantax vs. Engine Capital, Pitney Bowes vs. Hestia Capital, and Cutera vs. Voce Capital.
The Bloomberg rankings follow Sidley’s Band 1 ranking in Chambers USA in Corporate/M&A: Takeover Defense (2023), as well as its Tier 1 ranking by The Legal 500 (2023) in the U.S. for Shareholder Activism – Advice to Boards. Sidley has also been ranked No. 1 in the shareholder activism defense league tables for the year 2022 by Bloomberg, FactSet and Refinitiv for company side engagements. Additionally, The Deal named Sidley “Activism Defense Law Firm of the Year (Large Cap)” in 2021 and 2022.
Over the past five years, Sidley represented companies in more than 100 proxy contests, several hundred other activist campaigns, and dozens of settlements — more than any other corporate defense law practice in the world.