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Douglas K. Schnell

Douglas K. Schnell

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Partner
Palo Alto, CA, USA


Douglas Schnell is a partner in the Palo Alto office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he practices corporate and securities law. Doug focuses his practice on corporate governance and reporting, shareholder activism, and mergers and acquisitions.

Doug counsels numerous companies with regard to complex corporate governance, SEC compliance, 1934 Act disclosure, and other corporate and securities law matters. Representative clients include Autodesk, Employers Holdings, NetApp, Palo Alto Networks, and Splunk.

Doug is a leader in the firm's market-leading shareholder activism and takeover defense practices. He regularly represents clients in connection with responding to shareholder activists, as well as with respect to proxy solicitations and other contests for corporate control. Doug has advised numerous companies with respect to the design and implementation of shareholder rights plans and other corporate protective measures.

Doug also regularly represents acquirers, targets, and financial advisors in U.S. and cross-border mergers, acquisitions, takeovers (both negotiated and contested), leveraged buyouts, and other corporate transactions.

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