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Joele Frank Recognized As One of Business Insider’s Top Financial PR Professionals

Joele Frank, a founder and managing partner of our firm, was recently recognized by Business Insider as one of the top 15 most sought-after professionals in the financial communications industry. In addition to citing Joele’s personal involvement in more than 1,000 engagements, Business Insider noted that Frank and her colleagues have defended companies against the leading shareholder activists, including Carl Icahn (more than 30 times), Starboard (more than 40 times) and Pershing Square (at least 10 times). Read More

Bloomberg Recognizes Joele Frank as Leading Global Shareholder Activism Defense Advisor in H1 2020 Global Activism Market Review

Joele Frank is proud to be recognized as the leading global IR adviser to companies in defense against activist investors, according to Bloomberg’s H1 2020 Global Activism Market Review. Of all new activist campaigns launched during the first half of 2020 and tracked by Bloomberg, Joele Frank advised on 56 situations in which the activists’ holdings were collectively valued at approximately $5.8 billion. Joele Frank was recognized as the top activism IR advisor across a number of categories, including:
  • Total Number of Engagements;
  • Engagements for U.S. Companies;
  • Engagements for Companies with Market Capitalizations Greater than $1 Billion;
  • Engagements by Aggregate Activist Stake Value; and
  • Engagements by Aggregate Market Capitalization.
Joele Frank was previously named the top global shareholder activism defense IR advisor in Bloomberg’s 2019 Global Activism Market Review.
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Joele Frank Recognized as Top M&A and Restructuring Advisor by The Deal

Joele Frank was the #1 PR advisory firm for both M&A and bankruptcy in the first quarter of 2020, according to The Deal’s latest Power Rankings. In addition, Joele Frank ranked as the #2 PR advisory firm for private equity and out-of-court restructurings. Joele Frank is proud to continue our industry-leading work on behalf of our clients, especially as they communicate with and protect stakeholders during a time of extreme uncertainty and market volatility. To learn more about our efforts during the COVID-19 crisis, please visit https://joelefrank.com/covid-19/.

Sharon Stern Featured in The Conference Board’s Panel “Shareholder Activism: A Look Ahead”

Sharon Stern, a Partner at Joele Frank, participated alongside banking and legal experts in The Conference Board’s February 25, 2020 webcast, “Shareholder Activism: A Look Ahead.” During the conversation, she shared communications perspectives on trends ranging from M&A-related activism to ESG to the convergence of traditional long shareholders and activist investors.

Joele Frank Named Top Global Shareholder Activism Defense IR Advisor by Bloomberg’s 2019 Global Activism Market Review

Joele Frank was named the top global shareholder activism defense IR advisor in Bloomberg’s 2019 Global Activism Market Review, which publishes league tables ranking the leading financial, legal, IR and proxy solicitor advisors in the global shareholder activism market. Joele Frank, which defends companies and does not represent activist investors, was also recognized as the top activism IR advisor across a number of other categories, including:
  • Total Number of Engagements;
  • Engagements for U.S. Companies;
  • Engagements for Companies with Market Capitalizations Greater than $1 Billion;
  • Engagements by Aggregate Market Capitalization; and
  • Engagements by Aggregate Activist Stake Value.
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Jonathan Keehner and John Roe Featured on Nareit’s REIT Report Podcast

Jonathan Keehner and John Roe, Partners at Joele Frank, were recently featured on Nareit’s “REIT Report” – a leading podcast covering the latest news and developments in REITs and real estate investment – to discuss the many ways in which REITs can better communicate and attract generalist investors. On the podcast, Jon, who helps lead Joele Frank’s Real Estate and Private Equity practices, shares his perspective on how a renewed and creative approach to IR is precisely what REITs need to engage their existing investor base and attract non-industry specific investors. John, an established expert in corporate governance and executive compensation, noted that REITs have done a “great job” in recent years to overcome institutional investor nervousness from a governance perspective. He highlighted the increasing importance that ESG factors play in the investment decisions for the world’s leading institutional investors, particularly as assets continue to move into index or passive fund strategies. Other topics covered in the edition include best practices for engaging with index funds, shareholder activism and ways for smaller market cap companies to engage with their top shareholders. Listen here.