Pamela S. Tikellis
Pamela S. Tikellis is a name partner and member of the Firm’s Executive Committee. Upon graduating from law school, Ms. Tikellis served as a law clerk in the nationally recognized Court of Chancery in Wilmington, Delaware. Before joining the Firm, Ms. Tikellis engaged in significant shareholder litigation practice. In 1987, she opened the Delaware office of the Firm, where she is a resident.
Ms. Tikellis served as Co-Lead Counsel in the class action challenging the $21 billion management-led buyout of Kinder Morgan, Inc., In re Kinder Morgan, Inc. Shareholders Litigation, Consol. C.A. No. 06-C-801 (Kan.). That action resulted in the creation of a $200 million settlement fund the largest common fund in a merger and acquisition settlement. She served as Lead Counsel in the class action challenging Roche Holding’s buyout of Genentech, Inc., In re Genentech, Inc. Shareholders Litigation, Civil Action No. 3911-VCS. The litigation was settled shortly after the Court of Chancery held a hearing on Plaintiffs’ motion for a preliminary injunction and prior to the closing of a transaction. The settlement provided for, among other things, the additional $4 billion in consideration paid to the minority shareholders in the transaction.
Additionally, she was Co-Lead Counsel in the successful class action litigation In re J.Crew Group, Inc. Shareholder Litigation, (C.A. No. 6043-CS; Court of Chancery). In that case, she obtained $16 million in settlement funds for the class of J.Crew stockholders and structural provisions to remedy a flawed sales process for J Crew Group.
Ms. Tikellis served as Co-Lead Counsel in the Court of Chancery derivative litigation arising from Barnes & Noble, Inc.’s acquisition of Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, Inc., In re Barnes & Noble Stockholder Derivative Litigation, Civil Action No. 4813-CS. The case settled for nearly $30 million.
From 2011-2014, Ms. Tikellis served as Co-Lead Counsel in the Court of Chancery derivative litigation City of Roseville Employees Retirement System, et. al. v Lawrence J. Ellison, et. al., C.A. No. 6900-CS. This action arose out of Oracle Corporations acquisition of Pillar Data Systems, Inc. and alleged that the acquisition of Pillar was unfair to Oracle to Ellison’s benefit. The Court approved the settlement of this case in August, 2014, resulting in Mr. Ellison’s agreeing to return 95% of the amount Oracle pays for Pillar back to Oracle. The settlement created a benefit for Oracle and its shareholders valued at $440 million and is one of the larger derivative settlements in the history of the Court of Chancery.
From 2012-2015, Ms. Tikellis served as Co-Lead Counsel in In re Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold Inc, C.A. No. 8145-VN, a derivative action arising out of Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold Inc.’s agreement to acquire Plains Exploration Production Co. and McMoran Exploration Production Co. The Court approved the settlement of this case in April, 2015, resulting in a dividend to be paid to Freeport stockholders, a credit redeemable by Freeport for financial advisory assignments, and other corporate governance enhancements. The settlement created a benefit for Freeport and its shareholders valued at nearly $154 million and is one of the largest stockholder derivative settlements and also believed to be the first to ensure the benefits of such a settlement flow to stockholders in the form of a cash dividend.
Additionally, Ms. Tikellis is co-lead counsel in a derivative action captioned In re Sanchez Energy Derivative Litigation, C.A. No. 9132-VCG (Del. Ch.) pending in the court of Chancery of the State of Delaware. The action alleges wrongdoing by the directors Sanchez Energy Corporation for causing the Company to acquire assets in the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale from Sanchez Resources LLC, an entity affiliated with Sanchez Energy’s CEO, Tony Sanchez, III, and Executive Chairman Tony Sanchez, JR. at a grossly excessive price and at the expense of Sanchez Energy.
Named repeatedly in Chambers and Partners as a Leading Individual, Ms. Tikellis is known as “a seasoned plaintiff-side chancery practitioner. She has significant expertise in securities fraud, antitrust and other complex litigation.”