The Spotlight Managing Directors have been involved in hundreds of special situations, including more than 70 activist shareholder campaigns and scores of proxy fights, contested mergers and acquisitions, and attempted hostile takeovers. In addition, Spotlight and its principals have advised Boards on a variety of critical corporate issues including shareholder proposals, management buyouts, management changes and succession planning, board evaluations and composition changes, regulatory actions, capital structure debates and high-stakes litigation.
These complex situations often draw intense scrutiny from the media, regulators and shareholders, raising the stakes for executives and directors. They can literally put Board and management decisions in the spotlight.
With our assistance, corporate leaders facing the glare of such attention can be confident that their decision-making will be well-informed, grounded in precedent, responsive to stakeholders and in the best interests of shareholders.
With decades of experience working with some of the largest and most respected corporate enterprises -- and with large institutional investors, hedge funds and activists -- Spotlight’s professionals can provide unparalleled guidance. Combining our broad experience and strategic insights with the specialized knowledge of respected law firms, investment banks and public relations firms, Spotlight is often an integral part of helping corporate directors and executives successfully navigate unfamiliar and choppy waters.
Greg Taxin previously was the founder and CEO of Glass, Lewis & Co., an investment banker at Goldman Sachs and Banc of America Securities, a lawyer and a hedge fund portfolio manager.
Prior to forming Spotlight Advisors, Mr. Taxin was President of the Clinton Group, a multi-strategy activist hedge fund, where he led more than 40 activist investments. Previously, Mr. Taxin was the co-founder and CEO of Glass, Lewis & Co., one of the world’s leading proxy advisory and corporate governance research firms. There, Mr. Taxin led teams that advised more than 350 institutional investors on proxy voting matters, corporate governance, activism, executive compensation and short sellers. Mr. Taxin was previously a Managing Director of Banc of America Securities and a Vice President in the investment banking department of Goldman, Sachs & Co. Mr. Taxin was also a corporate litigator at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. Mr. Taxin has served on several private and public company Boards. He is a magna cum laude graduate of the Harvard Law School.
Gavin Solotar was previously a Corporate Partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and General Counsel and Managing Director of Greenhill & Co.
Prior to joining Spotlight, Mr. Solotar served as General Counsel at Greenhill, a publicly-traded global investment bank, with responsibility for regulatory matters, human resource matters, corporate governance and corporate transactions. Before joining Greenhill, Mr. Solotar spent more than two decades at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz as a Partner in the corporate department. He led numerous domestic and cross-border transactions in connection with takeover defense, mergers, divestitures, proxy fights, leveraged buyouts and joint ventures across a broad range of industries. Mr. Solotar also counseled numerous boards during times of crisis triggered by government investigations, management changes and significant corporate events. Mr. Solotar graduated magna cum laude from NYU Law School, where he was a member of Order of the Coif and awarded the Law Review Alumni Association Award, the George A. Katz Memorial Award and the American Jurisprudence Award in Corporate Law.
Adrian Kingshott was previously a Managing Director of Goldman Sachs and a portfolio manager at Amaranth Advisors.
Adrian Kingshott has over 30 years of experience as an investment banker and investment portfolio manager. Mr. Kingshott spent 17 years at Goldman Sachs where he was a Managing Director and Co-Head of the Global Leverage Finance Group. During his time at Goldman Sachs, Mr. Kingshott closed in excess of $25 billion of M&A transactions and $30 billion of financings. Mr. Kingshott was a Portfolio Manager at Amaranth, a leading hedge fund, where he created their direct corporate investing business in the USA and Europe. Mr. Kingshott has also advised institutional investors on their equity and debt portfolios, including the State of Connecticut's $30 billion pension fund. Mr. Kingshott has served on several public and private boards. He is currently on the board of XPO Logistics, where he Chairs the Compensation Committee and sits on the Audit and Acquisitions Committees. Mr. Kingshott is a Managing Director at Headwaters, a boutique investment bank and an Adjunct Professor at Fordham's Gabelli School of Business, where he lectures on Investment and Security Analysis. Mr. Kingshott has an MA from Oxford University in Law and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Damien Park is a leading expert in the area of shareholder activism and corporate governance.
Damien Park is regularly retained by institutional investors, CEOs, boards of directors, and special committees seeking dependable counsel on a wide variety of complex issues relating to shareholder activism, unsolicited acquisition proposals, and corporate governance. He has managed dozens of proxy contests and has led negotiations on numerous settlement agreements. In 2009 Mr. Park became Co-Chairman of The Conference Board’s Expert Committee on Shareholder Activism. He is a frequent speaker at top business schools and professional conferences and is often quoted in leading media outlets, including NPR’s Marketplace, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Financial Times, The Economist and others. Mr. Park is a dual citizen of the United States and Ireland and holds an MBA from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.