Rebecca Van Derlaske focuses her practice primarily in the areas of securities law, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate law. She advises clients on a wide variety of business combinations and other corporate transactional matters.



William & Mary School of Law, (J.D., summa cum laude, 2013)

The College of William & Mary, (B.A., magna cum laude, 2009)

Bar Admissions

2014, New York


SEC Amends Rule 14a-8 To Raise the Bar for Shareholder Proposals

September 29, 2020

On September 23, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) announced that it had voted to adopt amendments to Rule 14a-8 and the process for shareholder proposals (the “Amendments”).1 The Amendments purport to “modernize” the shareholder proposal process, but in practice will limit the range of shareholders who are eligible for their proposals to…

SEC Amends Proxy Rules to Tighten Requirements on Proxy Advisory Firms

July 29, 2020

On July 22, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) released its much-anticipated final amendments to its rules with respect to proxy voting advice businesses (the “Amendments”). The SEC first issued their proposed amendments concerning proxy advisory firms in November 2019 (the “Proposals”). Overall, the final Amendments represent a more tempered approach to regulation of…

SEC Proposes 13F Disclosure Relief for Smaller Investment Managers

July 21, 2020

On July 10, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) announced that it had proposed an amendment to Form 13F and Rule 13f-1 to, among other items, substantially increase the reporting threshold for institutional investment managers  (the “Proposal”).1 If the Proposal is adopted, it would be the first amendment to Form 13F since its…

Kleinberg Kaplan Advises MG Capital Management in Its Consent Solicitation and Successful Settlement with HC2 Holdings

May 14, 2020

May 14, 2020 – Kleinberg Kaplan’s activism team advised MG Capital Management Ltd. (together with its affiliates, “MG Capital”) both in connection with its 2020 consent solicitation and the resulting settlement, announced earlier today, with HC2 Holdings, Inc. (“HC2”). MG Capital is led by Third Point alum and first-time activist Michael Gorzynski, who, together with…

Please Mute Your Line: Delaware Streamlines Procedures for Virtual Stockholder Meetings

April 9, 2020

Delaware Governor John Carney issued an amendment to Delaware’s State of Emergency Order late Monday evening (the “DE Order”) granting Delaware corporations new flexibility to hold annual and special meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic.1 The Order Delaware corporations that have already provided notice to their stockholders of a physical annual or special meeting can now…