The American College of Governance Counsel has elected Kai H.E. Liekefett, co-chair of Sidley’s Shareholder Activism practice, as a new fellow.
The college is an honorary association to recognize distinguished professionals who excel in counseling boards and directors, officers and others charged with governance responsibilities. Fellows are chosen from the ranks of lawyers who have displayed a high level of professionalism and a commitment to the advancement of the governance practice through a combination of practice and thought leadership activities. Fellows must have practiced law for a minimum of 15 years and devoted at least 10 of those years to the field of corporate governance. Membership in the college is by invitation only.
“We are excited to have this distinguished group join the ranks of the college,” said Larry W. Sonsini, chair of the college. “It is gratifying to see the college continue to expand as the preeminent body of corporate governance counsellors in North America,” added Holly J. Gregory, president of the college.
Sidley was ranked the No. 1 legal defense advisor by Bloomberg and FactSet SharkRepellent for the first three quarters of 2020. Since 2016, the members of Sidley’s Shareholder Activism practice have defended against more than 60 proxy contests (while losing only three votes) and represented issuers in more than 30 settlement agreements, more than any other defense law firm.