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  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1985; Member, Editorial Board, 1983–1984, and Senior Editorial Board, Journal of Law and Politics, 1984–1985
  • University of Virginia, B.A. and B.S., 1982, summa cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa; Echols Scholar
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  • Louisiana, 1985
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Kenneth Najder
Partner
201 St. Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70170-5100
504.582.8386 tel
504.589.8386 fax

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Ken Najder is a partner in the firm's Corporate & Securities Practice Group. He joined Jones Walker in 1985 and became a partner in 1992. Mr. Najder represents public and private companies regarding a variety of corporate and securities law matters, with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, venture capital transactions, joint ventures, and corporate governance. In recent years, he has represented a wide array of buyers and sellers of businesses, ranging from small privately held ventures to large publicly traded companies, in several industries, including the telecommunications, technology, chemical, media, shipping, construction, food, oil and gas, energy, engineering, consulting, banking, financial services, and manufacturing industries.

Mr. Najder's recent securities law practice has focused principally on counseling public companies regarding their disclosure obligations, private placements for venture-stage companies, and public debt offerings and tenders. Mr. Najder has counseled companies on a broad range of corporate law and governance issues, including acting as board counsel to public and private companies, implementing anti-takeover defenses, and providing advice regarding executive compensation and corporate restructurings. He also has extensive experience with the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976.

Mr. Najder and Jones Walker were featured in The American Lawyer as architects of CenturyLink's anti-takeover measures, thwarting Alltel's 2001 hostile bid, and as co-counsel to CenturyLink in connection with its 2009 acquisition of Embarq and its 2011 acquisitions of Qwest and Savvis.

Noteworthy

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2018 (Copyright 2017 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC) in the areas of Corporate Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law, and Securities Regulation (listed annually since 2005)
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers® as the 2018 Corporate Law "Lawyer of the Year" in New Orleans
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers® as the 2016 Corporate Law and Securities/Capital Markets Law "Lawyer of the Year" in New Orleans
  • Recognized in "Chambers USA – America's Leading Lawyers for Business" in the area of Corporate/M&A (listed annually since 2010)
  • Listed in the 2017 edition of Louisiana Super Lawyers in the area of Securities & Corporate Finance (listed annually since 2013)
  • Recognized as a 2013 Top Lawyer by New Orleans Magazine
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating in Martindale-Hubbell

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  • American Bar Association
  • Association for Corporate Growth – Louisiana Chapter (Director since 2008; Officer 2010 to date)
  • Lakeshore Crime Prevention District (Commissioner, 2005 to date)
  • Lakeshore Property Owners Association (Director, 2011 to date)
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Other Community Associations (Director/Officer of Various other Neighborhood Associations, 1997 to date)