In this webinar, we will focus on the numerous parallels between an activist investor campaign that seeks to replace one or more members of a public company’s board of directors with a political election campaign, such as the pending presidential election contest. Some of the similarities between an activist investor campaign and a political campaign are striking as an activist campaign is ultimately about “winning the hearts and minds” of as many voting shareholders as possible and the support of key voting blocks, including those that follow the recommendations of the major proxy advisory firms, and many of the strategies and tactics followed in political and activist investor campaigns are very similar.
In addition to the listed speakers we are having joining us for this webinar the following speakers:
Vice President | M&A, Contested Situations, Credit Suisse Securities (USA)
Duncan Herrington, CFA, a Vice President in Credit Suisse’s Contested Situations practice, is responsible for advising clients on shareholder activism, takeover defense, contested M&A transactions and corporate governance matters. According to Thomson Reuters’ Global Shareholder Activism Scoreboard, for the first half of 2016 Credit Suisse was the top financial advisor globally to companies defending against activist campaigns. Prior to joining Credit Suisse in 2010, Duncan was an M&A lawyer at Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison, based in its London office, where he specialized in structuring and executing cross-border transactions. Combined he has over 10 years of transactional experience, with a specialty in contested situations. Duncan holds a JD from Harvard Law School and an MBA from London Business School.
Andrew S. Ricci
Vice President, LEVICK
Andrew S. Ricci, a Vice President at LEVICK, a Washington, DC based communications and public affairs firm. Andrew is an experienced media relations expert, content-creation specialist, and public affairs strategist who helps brands, organizations, companies, and foreign governments tell their story to the audiences that matter and in a way that maximizes impact. Prior to joining LEVICK, Andrew served as a senior communications aide to Rep. Zack Space (D-Ohio) in his Capitol Hill office and during the reelection campaign. He developed the overall communications strategy and messaging; produced all written materials; engaged national, state, and local media; and served as the Congressman’s official spokesman. He also served as an aide to Rep. Harry Mitchell (D-Ariz.).
For this webinar, we have assembled a panel that combines experts from the political and shareholder activism arenas.
We also have as our moderator someone who not only has extensive experience in the shareholder activism arena but also, as a former high-level White House appointee, has substantial insight into the political world as well.
We will take a deep dive into this-- at the same time as the U.S. presidential election season comes to a close, the 2016 proxy season, which included 230 campaigns by activist investors, will also be close to winding down.