CHRISTOPHER PORCELLI is an associate in the M&A group in the firm’s New York office and is an active member of Sidley’s Shareholder Activism practice. Chris additionally serves as a member of the firm’s Associate Relations Committee.
Chris focuses his practice on shareholder activism and defense, takeover preparedness and defense, corporate governance and securities laws. He represents clients in a wide range of corporate matters, including proxy contests, hostile takeovers and other unsolicited bids, strategic investor relations, governance disputes, mergers, acquisitions and other complex corporate transactions. In addition, Chris routinely advises publicly traded corporations and master limited partnerships regarding corporate governance best practices, board of directors matters, investor relations, ESG matters and environmental shareholder activism, Rule 14a-8 practice and shareholder proposals, engagement with proxy advisory services (ISS and Glass Lewis), Exchange Act compliance and stock exchange listing requirements.
Prior to joining Sidley, Chris was an associate at a major New York law firm where he advised both private clients and public companies in connection with activist campaigns, corporate transactions, capital markets offerings and other corporate matters.
Chris received his B.A. in Government and Politics from St. John’s University and his J.D. from the New York University School of Law. While at NYU, he was a Graduate Student Research Fellow with the Pollack Center for Law & Business, a teaching assistant for an undergraduate business law course and helped to co-found NYU’s Sports Law Association. Since graduation, Chris has actively mentored NYU Law students and serves as an alumni advisor to NYU’s Sports Law Association.
Admissions & Certifications
- New York
- New York University School of Law, J.D., 2016
- St. John's University, B.A., 2013 (magna cum laude, Dean's List (each semester))