A founding partner of the firm, Andy has more than two decades of experience providing strategic investor and public relations counsel to U.S. and international companies. In addition to his extensive work in special situations, Andy has successfully developed and implemented a diverse range of corporate positioning and communications programs for public and private corporations. His areas of expertise include:
- Shareholder Activism: His experience in activism situations and proxy contests includes Abercrombie & Fitch against Engaged Capital; AOL in its successful proxy contest against Starboard; CONMED in its successful proxy contest against Voce Capital; Illinois Tool Works with regard to Relational Investors; CVS Healthcare with regard to Relational Investors; BMC Software against Elliott; Digital Generation against the Clinton Group; Mentor Graphics against Carl Icahn; CNET Networks against JANA Partners; Biovail against Eugene Melnyk; VAALCO against Nanes Delorme; and Chemed against MMI Investments.
- Transaction Communications: He advises companies for friendly or unsolicited M&A transactions. His experience includes advising Covidien plc in its acquisition by Medtronic; Kindred Healthcare in its acquisition of Gentiva; Zimmer Holdings in its acquisition of Biomet; Rockwood Holdings in its acquisition by Albemarle Corp.; Southeastern Asset Management in its opposition of the Dell management buyout; Smithfield Foods in its acquisition by Shuanghui International; Constellation Brands on the acquisition of Crown Imports from Anheuser-Busch InBev; Clearwire Corp. in its acquisition by Sprint Nextel Corp.; Eastman Chemical in its acquisitions of Solutia and Taminco; Omnicare in its unsolicited offer for PharMerica as well as its acquisitions of NeighborCare and NCS Healthcare; NRG in its successful defense against Exelon’s unsolicited exchange offer and proxy contest; and Burger King Holdings in its sale to private equity firm 3G Capital.
- Crisis Communications: He has worked with numerous companies and firms in responding to federal and state inquiries involving fraud and accounting irregularities; insider trading; gender discrimination and sexual harassment actions; data breaches; and forced executive departures. Notable assignments include WellCare, Omnicare, HealthSouth, Knight Capital, several law firms, technology companies, and large hedge funds and asset management firms.
- Restructuring and Bankruptcy: He has significant expertise in managing internal and external communications related to out-of-court financial restructurings and in-court Chapter 11 reorganizations. His work has included Dendreon; Nautilus Holdings; Genco; Rural / Metro; Excel Maritime; General Maritime,; Charter Communications; Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation (Foxwoods); RREEF America 3 (a Deutsche Bank company); Chemtura; Carlyle Capital Corporation; Calpine Corporation; Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers; HealthSouth; and the Portland Trail Blazers
Andy received a BA in English literature from Yale University. He also studied Chinese for several years at language institutes in Taiwan. He is a board member of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), the world’s leading non-profit, nonsectarian organization providing relief and resettlement services for refugees. He is also co-chair of the Louis and Nancy Hatch Dupree Foundation, a charity that supports the Afghan Centre at Kabul University and its mobile libraries in Afghanistan.