Douglas A. Rappaport



Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Serves as a trusted counselor and advisor to numerous highly sophisticated investment managers and their investment professionals regarding their most complex regulatory and compliance needs, as well as achieving successful litigation results.

Leads the firm’s investment funds litigation and shareholder activism practices and is a key partner in the funds regulatory practice.

Advises funds, corporations and individuals on governance issues and in regulatory and internal investigations.

Doug is a leading litigator and regulatory and compliance lawyer serving as head of Akin’s investment funds litigation practice and co-head of the shareholder activism group.

On a daily basis, Doug advises investment fund clients and others on regulatory compliance and corporate governance matters, including those involving U.S. securities laws, trading issues, compliance procedures and fiduciary obligations.

With significant litigation experience advising funds and companies, Doug has served as lead counsel in matters involving disputes over breaches of fiduciary duty, secured assets, Section 16 short-swing trading, partnership interests, securities fraud, options backdating and insider trading. Doug has won numerous dispositive motions, trials and appeals in both state and federal courts.

Doug is Chambers USA-ranked in both securities litigation (New York) and shareholder activism (New York), the only attorney in the United States to be dual listed in both of these disciplines. Clients interviewed by Chambers USA describe Doug as “a fantastic litigator who is always available and most importantly, consistently delivers positive results.”

He also provides advice on activist investing issues, devising strategies regarding the solicitation of board seats, the displacement of existing corporate management and contests for corporate control.

In addition, Doug regularly represents investment funds, corporations and individuals in regulatory and internal investigations. His experience extends to matters before the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the New York Attorney General’s office, and other state and non-U.S. securities agencies.

11:45 AM - 12:10 PM

Thursday March 21, 2024

Two Sides of the Coin: Defense and Offense in Activism

  • Proactively noting and tackling vulnerabilities to build shareholder confidence
  • Knowledge and woke agendas minimize offensive strategies
  • Understanding defense tactics that improve operations and profitability