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Tim Ragones

Managing Director

Tim Ragones

Managing Director

Tim has more than 20 years of communications experience, including nearly a decade as a broadcast journalist. He advises management teams and boards of public companies and private equity firms, developing and executing multi-stakeholder communications strategies in high-profile corporate, financial and crisis situations, as well as supporting ongoing investor and media relations. He also leads media and presentation training for C-suite executives as well as business and investment leaders. His expertise includes:

Transaction Communications

He advises clients in both friendly and unsolicited M&A transactions, IPOs and SPACs. His experience includes: Aerojet Rocketdyne on its sale to L3Harris Technologies; Broadcom on its acquisitions of VMware, Symantec’s enterprise security business, and CA Technologies, and proposal to acquire Qualcomm; Neiman Marcus Group on its global strategic partnership with and investment by FARFETCH; CC Capital on SPAC business combinations of CC Neuberger Principal Holdings II with Getty Images and Collier Creek Holdings with Utz Brands, acquisition of Dun & Bradstreet, and acquisition and sale, with Blackstone, of Fidelity & Guaranty Life; AEA-Bridges Impact Corp. on its SPAC business combination with Harley-Davidson’s electric motorcycle division LiveWire; S&P Global on its sale of OPIS to News Corp. and combination with IHS Markit; Reinvent Technology Partners on SPAC business combinations with Joby Aviation, Hippo, and Aurora; Apollo on its acquisition of Athene; the special committee of the Board of Directors of Tribune Publishing on the company’s sale to Alden Global Capital; Gannett on its sale to New Media and successful defense of an unsolicited proposal by MNG; Exact Sciences on its acquisition of Genomic Health; Cornell Capital-owned Corelle Brands on its merger with Instant Brands, maker of the Instant Pot; Apollo-owned Momentive on its sale to an investor group comprised of SJL Partners, KCC Corporation and Wonik QnC Corporation; LifePoint Health on its sale to Apollo-owned RCCH Healthcare Partners; Pinnacle Foods on its sale to Conagra Brands; Honeywell on spinoffs of its Homes and Transportation Systems businesses; INC Research on its merger with inVentiv Health; and VCA on its sale to Mars.

Private Equity

He advises private equity firms and their portfolio companies on transaction and crisis communications, as well as ongoing positioning. Current clients include Apollo, Arcline, CC Capital, Cornell Capital, Kanders & Company, L Catterton, Roark Capital and Z Capital.

Crisis Communications

He advises clients on executive leadership and Board changes, quarterly earnings surprises, shareholder activism, cybersecurity incidents, defense against short sellers, regulatory actions and inquiries, and litigation.

Restructuring & Bankruptcy

He advises clients on both court-supervised and out-of-court restructurings. His experience includes: Avianca Holdings, Constellis, General Wireless (RadioShack), Homer City Generation, Libbey, Pier 1, Service King, Taco Bueno Restaurants and The Bon-Ton Stores.

Tim joined Joele Frank in 2016. He previously worked at Prosek Partners, where he advised clients across asset management, financial and professional services, and at the global law firm Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where he supported senior partners on media relations and managed firmwide PR and communications programs.

Tim received an MS in finance from the University of Rochester’s Simon Business School, an MA in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a BA cum laude in history from Princeton University.