Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (New York)

James E. Langston

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (New York)
Lawyer (Partner)

James E. Langston’s practice focuses on public and private merger and acquisition transactions, and friendly and hostile M&A, corporate governance, and contested situations, for notable clients such as Acadia Healthcare, Akamai, Allied Universal, Arcelor Mittal, Assured Guaranty, General Mills, Goldman Sachs, Lowe’s, Lyondell-Basell, Saint-Gobain, Sony, Starbucks, Suntory, Sysco, Tempur Sealy, Westlake Chemical, among others. Jim has significant experience in both cross-border and domestic transactions, including conflict transactions, mergers-of-equals, LBOs, joint ventures, and carve-out transactions. He also frequently represents companies and their board of directors on takeover defense and shareholder activism situations.

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James E. Langston, John A. Kupiec, Roger A. Cooper, Mark E. McDonald, Pascale Bibi The US State of Delaware Chancery Court authorizes class-action claims of breach of fiduciary duty to proceed against a SPAC’s controlling shareholder and directors (Churchill Capital Corp. III / MultiPlan)


In one of the first opinions addressing fiduciary duty claims in the context of a transaction involving a special purpose acquisition company (“SPAC”), the Delaware Court of Chancery determined that the SPAC shareholders’ right to redeem can be undermined by insufficient disclosures regarding the (...)

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