Arthur B. Crozier is Chairman of Innisfree M&A Incorporated of New York and of Lake Isle M&A Incorporated, Innisfree’s wholly-owned UK subsidiary.
Mr. Crozier’s practice includes the representation of U.S. and international clients in a wide variety of transactions and proxy contests, as well as annual and special meetings. In addition, he counsels an international roster of clients on corporate governance, shareholder engagement and executive compensation issues.
Recent activist/takeover situations he has worked on include: the successful acquisition of SolarCity by Tesla Motors, the successful defense at Chico’s FAS against a proxy contest by the Barington Group, the successful defense at DuPont against a proxy contest by Trian Partners; the successful defense at Allergan against the unsolicited offer by Valeant Pharmaceuticals and Pershing Square Capital Management; the successful defense at Time Warner Inc. against the unsolicited acquisition proposal by 21st Century Fox; the successful defense at Aspen Insurance against the unsolicited tender offer and accompanying solicitation of calls for special meetings by Endurance Specialty Holdings; the defense at Transocean against the proxy contest conducted by Carl Icahn; the successful acquisition of Dell Inc. by Michael Dell and Silver Lake Management, despite opposition by Carl Icahn and Southeastern Asset Management; the successful proxy contest waged by P. Schoenfeld Asset Management at MetroPCS to improve the terms of its merger with T-Mobile; the successful defense at Agrium against JANA Partners’ proxy contest; and the successful defense at Oshkosh Corporation against a proxy contest and unsolicited tender offer by Carl Icahn.
Mr. Crozier has written numerous articles and spoken extensively on the subjects of corporate governance, shareholder engagement, proxy contests, hedge fund activism, executive compensation and international voting practices.
He received his B.A. degree from the College of the Holy Cross and his J.D. degree from Boston College Law School.
He is a member of the National Investor Relations Institute, the International Bar Association, the Advisory Board for the Program on Corporate Governance at Harvard Law School, and the Society for Corporate Governance; as well as a Director of the Boy Scouts of America, Greater New York Councils and a Trustee of The Commonwealth Charitable Fund, Inc.