COVID-19 has undoubtedly impacted the restaurant industry. Many iconic chains have been forced to close their underperforming locations. Huge franchisees of these chains have also reorganized under Chapter 11. But there is still hope. With reduced competition, bidding wars and increased merger-and-acquisition activity of restaurant chains have developed
On October 7, 2020, Morgan Lewis Partner Christina Edling Melendi moderated a virtual panel discussion examining the impact of COVID-19 on shareholder activism in the retail industry. Panelists included attorneys and consultants alike from some of the nation’s top legal and consulting firms. The panel’s focus was aimed squarely at helping retailers understand the threats they may face in the wake of the pandemic, as well as possible strategies to defend themselves against activist campaigns.