DC / Washington

Adé Heyliger

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
2001 M Street, NW, Suite 600 
Washington , DC 20036


Adé Heyliger is a partner in Weil's Public Company Advisory Group and is based in Washington, D.C. He regularly advises public companies, corporate boards and foreign private issuers on a broad range of Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) disclosure and regulatory matters, securities regulation, corporate governance and compliance issues. His diverse practice encompasses counseling companies on corporate and securities law compliance in mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, capital markets transactions and bankruptcy/ restructuring matters. Mr. Heyliger also advises public companies on matters relating to shareholder activism, including proxy contests, shareholder engagement and shareholder proposals, and provides day-to-day counsel on a variety of corporate governance, disclosure and regulatory issues. Prior to joining Weil, Mr. Heyliger served for five years in the SEC's Division of Corporation Finance, where he provided interpretive advice and guidance relating to domestic and cross-border M&A transactions, going-private transactions, and reviewed numerous proxy contests, shareholder proposals and a variety of registration statements and other filings. Prior to the SEC, Mr. Heyliger worked in the investment banking division at Merrill Lynch, focusing on M&A, debt and equity transactions in the Telecom, Media and Technology sectors. Mr. Heyliger is recognized as a "Leading Lawyer" for Shareholder Activism: Advice to Boards and is recommended for Corporate Governance by Legal 500 US. He is also recognized by Who's Who Legal for M&A and Corporate Governance. Mr. Heyliger is a former Chair of the Federal Regulation of Securities: Proxy Statements and Business Combinations Subcommittee of the American Bar Association and a former Co-Chair of the DC Bar Association Mergers & Acquisitions Committee. Mr. Heyliger has also served as an Adjunct Professor of "Takeovers, Mergers & Acquisitions" at Georgetown University Law Center, which, to date, has been attended by more than 100 members of the SEC Staff via the SEC University Program. He is a frequent speaker and author on SEC disclosure requirements, securities regulation and corporate governance matters and developments. Mr. Heyliger holds a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School, and a M.B.A. in Finance from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He received his B.S. in Finance, cum laude, from University of Maryland. Admissions District of Columbia New York State Education University of Maryland (B.S., cum laude, 1994) Harvard Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1997) The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania (M.B.A., 2000) Awards and Recognition Adé Heyliger Named a "Leading Lawyer" for Shareholder Activism: Advice to Boards Award Brief " Legal 500 US Adé Heyliger Recommended for Corporate Governance Award Brief " Legal 500 US Adé Heyliger Recognized for M&A and Corporate Governance Award Brief " Who's Who Legal Speaking Engagements Breaking Down Barriers to Corporate Boards Speaker(s): Adé Heyliger September 22, 2017 " Public Company Advisory Group partner Adé Heyliger moderates a panel on Board Diversity titled "Regulatory, Corporate & Shareholder Efforts" as part of the "Breaking Down Barriers to Corporate Boards" Forum hosted by U.S. Congressional Reps. Gregory W. Meeks and G.K. Butterfield. The panel includes: Hon. Luis A. Aguilar (former Commissioner, SEC), Michelle Edkins (BlackRock), Michele Hooper (The Directors' Council) and Henry Jones (CalPERS Board of Administration). What to Expect for the 2017 Proxy Season Speaker(s): Howard B. Dicker, P.J. Himelfarb and Adé Heyliger October 18, 2016 " Public Company Advisory Group partners Howard Dicker and P.J. Himelfarb and counsel Adé Heyliger kick off Weil's inaugural What's New for Public Companies: Governance & Disclosure Webinar Series with a discussion of the 2017 proxy season. Latest Thinking SEC Guidance for Proxy Advisors and Investment Advisers: Phase One of a Broader SEC Proxy Reform Initiative Alert " Governance & Securities " By Catherine T. Dixon, P.J. Himelfarb and Aabha Sharma " PDF " September 04, 2019 Strengthening Board Diversity A Push from the SEC and Congress Publication " Ethical Boardroom " By Howard B. Dicker, Adé Heyliger and Aabha Sharma " PDF " Spring 2019 Board Priorities for 2019: Looking Inward and Outward to Meet Stakeholder Expectations Alert " Governance & Securities " PDF " March 05, 2019 Financial Reporting in 2019: What Management and the Audit Committee Need to Know (and Ask) Alert " Governance & Securities " By Catherine T. Dixon, Ellen J. Odoner and P.J. Himelfarb " PDF " January 08, 2019 Key Takeaways from the SEC's Proxy Process Roundtable: Is Proxy Voting Reform on the Horizon? Alert " Governance & Securities " By Adé Heyliger and Aabha Sharma " PDF " November 20, 2018 Firm News & Announcements Weil Honored for Advising on 2019 M&A Deal of the Year by Asian Legal Business Firm Announcement " September 10, 2019 Weil Advises TPG Global in the Pending Acquisition by TPG Pace Holdings Corp. of Accel Entertainment Deal Brief " June 18, 2019 Weil Advised Kinder Morgan, Inc. and Kinder Morgan Canada Limited as U.S. Counsel in the C$4.5B Sale of the Trans Mountain Pipeline System and Expansion Project Deal Brief " August 31, 2018 Weil Advised Sanofi in its €3.9 Billion Acquisition of Ablynx Deal Brief " June 19, 2018
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