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Keith Hallam

Keith Hallam

Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP

New York, NY, USA


Keith Hallam is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department.  His practice primarily focuses on mergers and acquisitions and activist defense.  Mr. Hallam also advises corporations and their directors on general corporate and governance matters.  

Mr. Hallam has represented numerous companies and boards of directors in defending against activist hedge funds. Recent examples include representing:

  • ARIAD Pharmaceuticals in its settlement agreement with Sarissa Capital;
  • Cheniere Energy in its settlement agreement with Carl Icahn;
  • Gannett in its successful acquisition of Belo, which was challenged by various arbitrageurs and hedge funds;
  • Hertz in the adoption of its shareholder rights plan in response to an activist investor reported to be Carl Icahn and in connection with investments by Corvex Management and Third Point;
  • Hologic in the adoption of its shareholder rights plan, in its settlement agreement with Carl Icahn, and in connection with an investment by Relational Investors;
  • Jones Apparel in its settlement agreement with Barington Capital;
  • NCR in its settlement agreement with Mick McGuire and Marcato Capital;
  • Starwood Hotels in share accumulations by JANA Partners and Third Point;
  • Web.com in its settlement agreement with Okumus Fund Management; and
  • Xerox in its two settlement agreements with Carl Icahn prior to its spin-off of Conduent.

Mr. Hallam also has broad mergers and acquisitions experience spanning numerous industries.  Notable transactions include representing Pinnacle Foods in its pending $10.9 billion acquisition by Conagra, Alere in its $8 billion sale to Abbott Laboratories, Xerox in its spin-off of Conduent and Starwood Hotels in its $13.3 billion sale to Marriott.

Mr. Hallam was recognized for his work in mergers and acquisitions by The Legal 500 from 2016 through 2018 and by IFLR1000 in 2017 and 2018.  He received Euromoney Legal Media Group’s 2018 Americas Rising Star Award for “Best in Mergers & Acquisitions.”

Mr. Hallam received a B.A. magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a senior editor of the Law Review.

Keith Hallam is associated with the following items:
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Preparing for Shareholder Activism: What You Need to Be Doing Now 2018, Friday, November 16, 2018, New York, NY
Live Webcast  Live Webcast Preparing for Shareholder Activism: What You Need to Be Doing Now 2018, Friday, November 16, 2018, New York, NY
PLI Grpcast-Live Web  PLI Grpcast-Live Web Preparing for Shareholder Activism: What You Need to Be Doing Now 2018, Friday, November 16, 2018, Cleveland, OH
Preparing for Shareholder Activism: What You Need to Be Doing Now 2018, Friday, November 16, 2018, Philadelphia, PA
Preparing for Shareholder Activism: What You Need to Be Doing Now 2018, Friday, November 16, 2018, Pittsburgh, PA
Preparing for Shareholder Activism: What You Need to Be Doing Now 2018, Friday, November 16, 2018, Mechanicsburg, PA
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