Steve Wolosky is an esteemed corporate and securities attorney. He provides advice to activist investors for proxy contests, mergers and acquisitions as well as mergers and acquisitions.
He has managed over 500 proxy contests for board representation. Among others, he represented Starboard Value’s full-board win at Darden Restaurants; George Feldenkreis in his campaign against Gamestop; and Elliott Management when reaching an agreement at Tempur Sealy.
Early Life and Education
Steve Wolosky hails from the Bronx and graduated magna cum laude from Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School in Manhattan. At Harvard University he received both John Harvard Scholarships as well as College Scholarships; upon completing Harvard Law School he served as editor of its International Law Journal while also receiving a Frederick Sheldon Traveling Fellowship award.
Wolosky served in the White House under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush as Directorate for Transnational Threats Coordinator; specifically overseeing policy on illicit finance impacting national security. He is an honorary life member of Council on Foreign Relations as well as co-director for Independent Task Force on Terrorist Financing.
He is considered one of the world’s premier lawyers advising hedge funds and investment partnerships on activist situations within the US and internationally, and is recognized for his expertise on corporate and securities law matters.
Steve Wolosky is one of the country’s premier lawyers advising hedge funds and investment partnerships on activist situations, regularly taking on some of the highest profile cases year-after-year.
Recently, he has advised Starboard Value on its successful full board victory at Darden Restaurants; H Partners on their successful and precedent setting withhold campaign at Tempur Sealy; Elliott Management on its settlement at Yahoo!; as well as George Feldenkreis with respect to his nomination of directors and successful unsolicited acquisition of Perry Ellis International.
Steve has appeared as an expert witness in The Wall Street Journal, Reuters and other reputable publications and spoken at prominent activist conferences nationwide.
Achievement and Honors
Steve Wolosky is a widely recognized corporate and securities attorney who counsels clients on activist situations. He has led high-profile proxy contests representing some of the most prominent hedge funds and investment partnerships every year.
His greatest victories included representing Starboard Value in its landmark election contest victory at Darden Restaurants, Inc. where the court described it as “extraordinary, unprecedented, and historical.” Additionally, H Partners enjoyed success with withhold campaigns against Tempur Sealy and Elliott Management won its campaign for board representation at Arconic.
Wolosky has not only practiced law but has also served as Director for Transnational Threats on the US National Security Council under President Clinton and as a Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Steve Wolosky is a widely recognized corporate and securities lawyer who advises clients in proxy contests and mergers and acquisitions. Chambers USA ranked him as a “Leading Lawyer” in Shareholder Activism practice category, and described him as providing foremost counsel in domestic and cross-border shareholder activism matters.
He regularly contributes to The Wall Street Journal, Reuters, The Deal Pipeline and other leading media publications discussing important trends in shareholder activism. Furthermore, he speaks at prominent activist conferences.
Wolosky is currently representing clients in high-profile shareholder litigation matters and also providing advice in various transactional areas such as contest law, sweepstakes law, e-commerce issues related to social media use and regulatory investigations as well as compliance matters.
Steve has been at the forefront of shareholder activism for decades. As one of Olshan’s pioneers in shareholder activism, he spearheaded their Shareholder Activism Practice more than three decades ago and remains one of the country’s premier lawyers advising hedge funds and investment partnerships on activist situations both here in America and worldwide. Year after year he provides advice to some of the highest-profile activist campaigns that make headlines worldwide.
He recently led representation for Elliott Management at Twitter, AT&T and eBay; Starboard Value on its historic full board victory at Darden Restaurants and AECOM; H. Partners with its successful and precedent-setting withhold campaign at Tempur Sealy; as well as George Feldenkreis on their nomination of directors and successful unsolicited acquisition of Perry Ellis International.
Chambers USA ranks Steve as an elite “Leading Lawyer” in M&A/corporate and commercial: shareholder activism — advice to shareholders. Steve provides counsel at every stage of a shareholder activism campaign, from assessing their ability to affect change through to securing board representation. In addition, Steve represents investors in mergers or hostile takeovers of public companies as well as capital raising and investments transactions.