Clayton provides strategic communications advice and support to public and private companies in the U.S. and abroad in a variety of complex special situations, including friendly and hostile mergers and acquisitions, corporate crises and shareholder activism. In addition, he provides ongoing public and investor relations support to help companies influence their key stakeholders and advance their business objectives. His areas of expertise include:
- Mergers and Acquisitions: He has advised on a number of both friendly and contested transactions, including: Cray in its proposed sale to Hewlett Packard Enterprise; Perry Ellis in its take private transaction; International Flavors & Fragrances in its acquisition of Frutarom; Agrium and PotashCorp in their merger of equals; NextEra Energy on its proposed acquisition of Oncor; Danone in its acquisition of WhiteWave Foods; Teva Pharmaceuticals on its offer to acquire Mylan and its subsequent acquisition of Allergan Generics; Humana in its merger with Aetna; and General Electric in its plan to sell most of its GE Capital assets.
- Crisis and Issues Management: He has helped companies facing a variety of issues, including litigation, product liability and recalls, unplanned leadership changes, data breaches, corporate restructurings and workforce reductions, earnings surprises and restatements, gender discrimination and sexual harassment issues, and regulatory actions.
- Shareholder Activism: He has worked with a number of companies in activist situations and proxy contests, including: Progenics Pharmaceuticals (Velan Capital); Eagle Materials (Sachem Head); Natus Medical (Voce Capital); Newell Brands (Carl Icahn and Starboard); Rent-A-Center (Engaged Capital); Bio-Rad Laboratories (Corvex); The Brink’s Company (Starboard) and Perry Ellis (Legion Partners).
- Ongoing Public and Investor Relations: He works closely with senior management teams to develop and enhance overall corporate communications strategies, including quarterly earnings preparation, investor events, profile-raising and thought leadership activities and employee communications.
Clayton joined Joele Frank in 2014. He received a BA in English, cum laude, from Yale University and an MS in Journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.