A founding member of the firm and named President in August 2013, Matt has more than 18 years of experience providing strategic corporate, financial and crisis communications counsel to Boards of Directors and executive leadership of public corporations and private equity firms involved in M&A, hostile takeovers, proxy contests, shareholder activism defense, spin-offs, reorganizations, financial restructurings, management changes, litigation, regulatory actions and a wide range of corporate crises. His areas of expertise include:
- Shareholder Activism: He has advised many companies in their defense against proxy contests, short attacks and other tactics employed by activist investors. Recent engagements, among others, include: Family Dollar (Carl Icahn); lululemon (Chip Wilson); Outerwall (JANA); Violin Memory (Clinton); Agilent (Relational); Meritor (Sandell); Lear (Marcato, Oskie); Ferro (FrontFour Capital, Quinpario); Commonwealth REIT (Corvex, Related); Danone (Trian); Gardner Denver (ValueAct); Oshkosh (Carl Icahn); PMC-Sierra (Relational); Brocade (Elliott); Greenbrier (Carl Icahn); Progress Software (Starboard); Motorola Mobility (Carl Icahn); Novell (Elliott); Lawson Software (Carl Icahn); Family Dollar (Trian); and Iron Mountain (Elliott).
- Mergers & Acquisitions: Recent M&A assignments include: Family Dollar in its sale to Dollar Tree; Mizkan in its acquisition of Ragu and Bertolli from Unilever; tw telecom in its sale to Level 3; Idenix in its sale to Merck; Energizer in its separation into two independent companies; Zale in its sale to Signet Jewelers; Aurora Capital in its sale of Mitchell International to KKR; Smithfield Foods in its sale to Shuanghui International; Gardner Denver in its sale to KKR; LINN Energy in its acquisition of Berry Petroleum; Constellation Brands in its acquisition of the remaining interest in Crown Holdings, a 50-50 joint venture with Grupo Modelo; Motorola Mobility in its sale to Google; and P.F. Chang’s in its sale to Centerbridge. Other notable transactions include: Terra Industries in its sale to CF Industries; Motorola in its separation into two independent companies, sale of its wireless networks business to Nokia Siemens Networks, acquisition of Symbol Technologies, and spin-off and public offering of Freescale Semiconductor; and McDermott in its separation into two independent companies.
- Investor Relations & Financial Public Relations: He develops and implements comprehensive investor relations and corporate communications programs for clients across a wide range of industries. He also has played a role in numerous corporate reorganizations, financial restructurings, Board and management changes, earnings pre-announcements, regulatory actions, litigation support and other material corporate developments.
In 2012 Matt received The M&A Advisor’s “40 Under 40” Recognition Award, and in 2007 he was named to PR Week’s inaugural “40 Under 40” list. Matt previously was a vice president in the M&A and crisis communications practice at Abernathy MacGregor Frank. He received an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA in international relations and a BA in communications from the University of Pennsylvania.