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Joele Frank Featured on PR Power List
The New York Observer recently featured Joele Frank as one of the most influential PR firms in New York. Here are excerpts from the article:
Joele Frank Opens San Francisco Office
Joele Frank is pleased to announce that it has opened an office in San Francisco to help serve current and prospective clients on the West Coast and beyond. The office is led by partners Eric Brielmann and Jed Repko, both long-time members of the firm. The office is located at One Sansome Street, Suite 2800. The phone number is 415-869-3950.

Eric Brielmann Receives 40 Under 40 Award
Eric Brielmann, a Partner at Joele Frank, was recently named one of PR Week’s 40 Under 40. The 40 Under 40 recipients for 2014 were nominated by colleagues and peers based on their accomplishments and contributions to the public relations field. In addition to providing outstanding counsel and support to clients, Eric has been recognized for his leadership in helping to open the firm’s new San Francisco office, expected later this year.
Joele Frank Clients Well-Represented in Turnaround Awards
Joele Frank’s clients were well-represented in the Turnaround Atlas Awards announced by the Global M&A Network in June 2014. In all, the firm was involved in six of the winning matters. The annual Turnaround Atlas Awards honor excellence from the global restructuring, special situations M&A, judicial and out-of-court reorganization and turnaround communities in 36 unique categories.
 
Notably, Joele Frank’s longtime client US Airways was the recipient of the "Large Restructuring of the Year Award" for its merger with American Airlines following a successful reorganization. Other awards involving Joele Frank clients included:
  • Large Chapter 11 Reorganization of the Year: Patriot Coal reorganization
  • Large Pre-Pack Restructuring of the Year: Dex Media and SuperMedia prepack reorganizations and merger
  • Small Mid-Markets Special Situation M&A Deal of the Year: TLO sale of assets to TransUnion
  • Healthcare Industry Turnaround of the Year: Rural/Metro reorganization
  • Transport and Logistics Industry Turnaround of the Year: Pinnacle Airlines reorganization and integration with Delta Air Lines
Joele Frank Wins Two SABRE Awards
In May 2014, the Holmes Report recognized Joele Frank with two SABRE Awards for the firm’s work on behalf of US Airways in its merger with American Airlines. The awards were in the categories of Financial Communications, for Joele Frank’s work to help US Airways “Get to Yes” with American to reach a merger agreement, and CEO of the Year, for the firm’s work in supporting US Airways CEO Doug Parker (now CEO of the new American Airlines) in his commitment to communications throughout the merger process.
Andrew Siegel Receives 40 Under 40 Award
Andrew Siegel, a Partner at Joele Frank, was recently named as a recipient of the The M&A Advisor’s 40 Under 40 award in the service provider category. This award recognizes and celebrates emerging industry leaders in M&A, Financing and Turnaround industries. The 40 Under 40 award recipients for 2014 were chosen from a pool of prominent nominees by an independent panel of distinguished business leaders based on their accomplishments and contributions to the industry. Matthew Sherman and Tim Lynch, also Partners at the firm, are past recipients of this award.
Matthew Sherman Discusses the Evolving Role of Boards in Shareholder Communications
In the March-April 2014 issue of Deal Lawyers, Matthew Sherman, President and Partner at Joele Frank, describes the recent trend of increased communications between public company board members and shareholders. He explains that board members often play a critical role in communications with shareholders during proxy contests, and that board engagement with shareholders outside of the proxy process is also occurring more frequently as investors are increasingly taking a more active interest in leadership, strategy and corporate governance at the companies in which they invest. Sherman notes that this dialogue can “provide a board and management team with critical insights into the mindset of its investor base, bolster that company’s credibility and corporate governance, and in certain instances, head off any interest or approach from an activist investor.” 
Joele Frank Ranked First in Global and U.S. M&A League Tables for 2013
In 2013, Joele Frank was ranked #1 in the M&A league tables among PR Firms in number of deals by Corporate Control Alert. In addition, Joele Frank ranked first among M&A communications advisors both globally and in the U.S. according to 2013 league tables produced by Mergermarket. For the year, the firm was listed as #1 globally with total deal value of approximately $121.6 billion. In the U.S., the firm was listed as #1 in 2013 both by total deal value and by number of deals (112 transactions).
Andrew Siegel Discusses Deal Road Shows and the Important Role of IROs
In the December 2013 issue of NIRI’s IR Update Magazine, Andrew Siegel, Partner at Joele Frank, describes the important role of the investor relations officer (IRO) in executing a successful deal road show. In the article, Andrew shares his recommendations and perspective, drawing on his 14 years of experience advising public companies on mergers, acquisitions, debt offerings, and equity offerings. He explains that IROs “know their current and former shareholders better than anyone else and have real-time insights into target investors,” which can be “a tremendous and actionable asset.” IROs, Andrew points out, are often best-positioned to articulate the rationale of a deal in a way that will “resonate with Wall Street.”

Matthew Sherman Named President; Andrew Brimmer and Daniel Katcher Named Vice Chairmen
Matthew Sherman has been named president. In this new position, Matt will help lead the firm’s marketing efforts, participate in day-to-day management and help set its strategic direction.  Andrew Brimmer and Daniel Katcher, two of the firm’s founding partners, have been appointed vice chairmen and will help set the strategic direction of the firm. Joele Frank, the firm’s founder and managing partner, continues in her role and remains as active as ever.

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