KAI LIEKEFETT is a partner in New York and chairs Sidley’s Shareholder Activism practice. He is one of very few lawyers in the world who devote 100% of their time to activism defense and proxy fights. He has more than 18 years of experience in corporate law in New York, London, Germany, Hong Kong and Tokyo. In the last five years, Kai has been involved in nearly 50 proxy contests, more than any other defense attorney in the world.
Kai has been named a “2019 Dealmaker of the Year” by The American Lawyer for the Wynn Resorts proxy contest. He has been recognized in the 2017, 2018 and 2019 editions of Chambers USA as one of only seven leading attorneys for Corporate/M&A: Takeover Defense.
He frequently teaches classes on shareholder activism, including at Harvard University and speaks regularly on panels around the world.
Kai is frequently interviewed and quoted as a thought leader by the national and international media, including CNN, The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, The New York Times, Bloomberg, Reuters, Financial Times, USA Today, Forbes, Law360 and The Deal. He sits also on the advisory board of the New York Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD).
Kai holds a Ph.D., magna cum laude, from Freiburg University; an EMBA, summa cum laude, from Münster Business School and an LL.M., James Kent Scholar, from Columbia Law School. He was in the top 0.1% nationwide in his First Legal State Exam (J.D. equivalent) and in the top 1.5% nationwide in his Second Legal State Exam in Germany.
Admissions & Certifications
- New York
- Columbia University School of Law, LL.M., 2006 (James Kent Scholar)
- University of Freiburg, Ph.D., 2004 (magna cum laude)
- University of Münster, MBA, 2003 (summa cum laude)