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Sabastian V. Niles

Sabastian V. Niles

Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz

New York, NY, USA


Sabastian V. Niles is a Partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz where he focuses on rapid response shareholder activism and preparedness, takeover defense and corporate governance; U.S. and crossborder mergers, acquisitions, buyouts, investments, divestitures, and strategic partnerships; and other corporate and securities law matters and special situations.

Sabastian advises worldwide and across industries, including technology, financial institutions, media, energy and natural resources, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, construction and manufacturing, real estate/REITs and consumer goods and retail.

He has counseled boards of directors and management teams on self-assessments, engagement with institutional investors and proxy advisory firms and navigating activist situations involving Barry Rosenstein/JANA Partners, Bill Ackman/Pershing Square, Carl Icahn, Daniel Loeb/Third Point, David Einhorn/Greenlight Capital, Glenn Welling/Engaged Capital, Jeff Smith/Starboard Value, Jeffrey Ubben/ValueAct, Jonathan Litt/Land & Buildings, Keith Meister/Corvex, Mick McGuire/Marcato, Nelson Peltz/Trian, Scott Ferguson/Sachem Head, Paul Singer/Elliott Management, Relational Investors and Tom Sandell/Sandell Asset Management, among many others.

In addition to serving as Consulting Editor for the New York Stock Exchange’s Corporate Governance Guide, Sabastian writes frequently on corporate law matters and has been a featured speaker at corporate strategy and investor forums. His speaking engagements have addressed topics such as Shareholder Activism; The New Paradigm of Corporate Governance; Hostile Takeovers; Strategic Transactions and Governance; M&A Trends; Board-Shareholder Engagement; Confidentiality Agreements in M&A Transactions; Negotiating Strategic Alliances with U.S. Companies; Current Issues in Technology M&A; Corporate Governance: Ethics, Transparency and Accountability; and Developments in Cross-Border Deals.

Sabastian received his juris doctorate from Harvard Law School, where he co-founded the Harvard Association of Law and Business (and continues to serve on the Advisory Board) and won the U.S. National ABA Negotiation Championship representing the Harvard Program on Negotiation. He received B.S., B.A., and B.S. degrees in Finance, Economics and Decision & Information Sciences, respectively, from the University of Maryland, where he won two National Championships and four Regional Championships in intercollegiate mock trial.
Sabastian V. Niles is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Some Thoughts for Boards of Directors in 2018 (November 30, 2017) - Corporate Governance - A Master Class 2018, Monday, April 16, 2018
Some Thoughts for Boards of Directors in 2018 (November 30, 2017) - Preparing for Shareholder Activism: What You Need to Be Doing Now 2018, Friday, November 16, 2018
Takeover Response Checklist; Dealing with Activist Hedge Funds; Shareholder Engagement: Succeeding in the New Corporate Governance Paradigm (April 2018) - Preparing for Shareholder Activism: What You Need to Be Doing Now 2018, Friday, November 16, 2018
Web Segment  Web Segment Maximizing Leverage in an Activist Situation: Responding to and Resolving Activist Campaigns - Preparing for Shareholder Activism: What You Need to Be Doing Now 2018, Monday, November 19, 2018
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Maximizing Leverage in an Activist Situation: Responding to and Resolving Activist Campaigns - Maximizing Leverage in an Activist Situation: Responding to and Resolving Activist Campaigns, Monday, November 19, 2018
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Maximizing Leverage in an Activist Situation: Responding to and Resolving Activist Campaigns - Maximizing Leverage in an Activist Situation: Responding to and Resolving Activist Campaigns, Monday, November 19, 2018
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Preparing for Shareholder Activism: What You Need to Be Doing Now 2018, Saturday, November 24, 2018, New York, NY
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