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Corporate Governance & Shareholder Activism

HCMP’s Business group provides clients with the sophisticated legal and business expertise needed to operate their companies and address every day and extraordinary concerns. Whatever the type of transaction or nature of our clients' concerns, we assist them in achieving their objectives, assessing related benefits and risks, and advising ownership, management and directors with creative, flexible and timely solutions.

We advise our local, national and multinational corporate clients on their operations and assist them with a broad range of strategic planning needs. We also provide counsel on a range of business, commercial and governance matters, including affiliate transactions, business judgment, corporate control, directors' oversight, executive compensation, fiduciary duty and liability issues, shareholder relations, stock plans, and succession planning.

Activist shareholder campaigns and proxy contests are increasingly being used by investors to force management and strategic change at public companies. HCMP counsels clients on a variety of activist and defensive strategies, from behind-the-scenes long-term partnerships with management to proxy contests and consent solicitations. We have extensive experience dealing with advance notice bylaws, assisting with “books and records” and shareholder register demands, handling regulatory approvals, effecting board changes, and engaging in defensive and offensive litigation, as well as experience navigating the associated shareholder communications.