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Allison Sobel

Managing Director

Allison Sobel

Managing Director

Allison provides strategic communications counsel to companies on a wide range of special situations, including in- and out-of-court restructurings, mergers and acquisitions and ongoing investor relations. She also helps companies enhance their relationships with key stakeholder audiences, navigate leadership transitions and defend against shareholder activism. Her areas of expertise include:

Investor Relations

She has advised clients on all aspects of investor relations strategy and programming, including effective message development, institutional targeting and marketing, and IR program planning and execution. She also works with clients to enhance their overall communications strategy, including corporate positioning, profile-raising, thought leadership, employee communications and quarterly earnings preparation.

Bankruptcy & Restructuring

She helps companies prepare for and navigate Chapter 11, Chapter 7 and out-of-court restructurings processes. She also helps companies with emergence communications, including any “reintroduction” to Wall Street following completion of a restructuring. Recent assignments include, among others: Ditech Holdings, PG&E, American Tire Distributors, Mattress Firm, Cumulus Media, Toys“R”Us, David’s Bridal, Car Outlet, FTD.com and Neovia.

Mergers & Acquisitions

She works with clients on both friendly and unsolicited M&A transactions, spin-offs and divestitures. Notable recent assignments include: Centene in its pending acquisition of WellCare; Edgewell in its pending acquisition of Harry’s, Inc.; Sonic in its transaction with Inspire Brands; Panera Bread in its transaction with JAB; Valspar on its transaction with Sherwin-Williams; Tech Data in its acquisition of Avnet; Gartner in its acquisition of CEB Inc.; Salesforce in its acquisition of Tableau; Enbridge in its acquisition of Spectra Energy; SiriusXM in its acquisition of Pandora; First Cash Financial Services in its merger of equals with Cash America International; the Special Committee of Dell Technologies in its proposed conversion of Class V shares; Verifone in its sale to Francisco Partners; and Monsanto in its sale to Bayer.

Crisis Management

She has developed and implemented plans to help companies achieve their business objectives and raise their corporate profile with key stakeholders. She also advises clients facing crises including data breaches, regulatory inquiries, workforce reductions and unplanned leadership changes.

Allison joined Joele Frank in 2016. She received a BA in Psychology from the University of Connecticut, and has a Master’s Degree in Investor Relations from Fordham University. In addition, Allison serves on the Board of Directors for the NIRI (National Investor Relations Institute) New York Chapter. She previously served as President of the NIRI New York NextGen initiative, a sub-group of the NIRI New York chapter geared specifically to meet the needs of up-and-coming investor relations professionals. In 2016 Allison received the NIRI Individual Chapter Leadership Award and the NIRI Chapter Team Award, which were established to recognize the exceptional work of chapter leaders.