Gregory Klassen

Gregory Klassen

Director New York D 212-895-8640 Download Vcard

Greg provides strategic communications counsel to companies across industries and in a wide range of special situations, including transactions, crises, and shareholder activism defense and proxy contests. He also assists clients with ongoing investor relations and corporate communications strategies. His areas of expertise include:

  • Mergers and Acquisitions: He advises companies on communications in both friendly and unsolicited M&A transactions. Notable recent assignments include: BW LPG in its proposed combination with Dorian LPG; Cabela’s in its sale to Bass Pro Shops; CBOE in its acquisition of Bats Global Markets; Monsanto in its sale to Bayer; Norfolk Southern in its defense against Canadian Pacific; Pilgrim’s Pride in its acquisition of Moy Park; Rent-A-Center in its pending sale to Vintage Capital Management; Sabra Healthcare REIT in its merger with Care Capital Properties; and Snyder’s-Lance in its sale to Campbell Soup Company.
  • Crisis Preparedness and Communications: He assists and advises companies facing a variety of crises and special situations, including large-scale corporate reorganizations, defense against short-sellers, data breaches, earnings surprises, litigation, and unplanned leadership changes.
  • Shareholder Activism and Defense Preparedness: He has experience in activism situations and proxy situations, including: AmTrust (Carl Icahn); Chico’s FAS (Barington); Citrix (Elliott Management); and Taubman Centers (Land & Buildings).
  • Public and Investor Relations: He has worked closely with management teams to develop and enhance overall corporate communications strategies. He regularly assists companies executing profile-raising and thought leadership opportunities, employee communications, quarterly earnings preparation, and investor days.

Greg joined Joele Frank in 2014. He received a BS in Human and Organizational Development from Vanderbilt University.