Cadwalader Guides Marcato Capital to Victory in Buffalo Wild Wings Proxy Contest

June 04, 2017


Ron Brandsdorfer
New York
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Cadwalader led an effort in advising Marcato Capital Management LP, a San Francisco-based investment manager which manages funds that beneficially own approximately 9.9% of Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc., in its overwhelming victory in a highly publicized proxy contest with Buffalo Wild Wings. 

After a months-long proxy fight, Marcato emerged victorious, with three of its nominees elected to the Buffalo Wild Wings board at the company's annual meeting of shareholders held in Minneapolis on Friday, June 2. Marcato's victory marked a clear referendum on the future of the company's future business plans and leadership, particularly that of the company's long-term CEO, Sally Smith. Ms. Smith's continued leadership of the company became a focal point of Marcato's campaign, with Marcato having publicly called for Ms. Smith's resignation numerous times over the past several months. As a result of Marcato's victory, Ms. Smith suddenly resigned from her position as CEO and director of Buffalo Wild Wings at the annual meeting.

The cross-practice Cadwalader team included Corporate partner Richard Brand and associate Nathan Bryce; Litigation partner Jason Halper, special counsel Jared Stanisci and associate Hyungjoon Han; and Antitrust counsel Ngoc Pham Hulbig.