Ed provides strategic communications counsel to U.S. and international companies and private equity firms involved in transactions, special situations, reorganizations, and long-term corporate positioning and investor relations programs. His areas of expertise include:
- Mergers & Acquisitions: He advises companies on the communications challenges involved in both friendly and unsolicited M&A transactions. Assignments include advising iflix with its new funding round from investors Liberty Global, Sky, Zain, Catcha Group and Evolution Media Capital; VCA in its announced sale to Mars; Danone with its proposed acquisition of WhiteWave Foods; Gannett with its offer to acquire Tribune Publishing; Lone Star Funds’ Foundation Building Materials with its acquisition of the construction products distribution business of Superior Plus; Warburg Pincus with its investment in Vernari Resources and sale of a 5% stake of the firm to Groupe Marc de Lacharriere; Interactive Data in its sale to Intercontinental Exchange Group; Coyote Logistics in its sale to UPS; Calpine’s defense against an unsolicited proposal from NRG Energy; O’Reilly Automotive in its acquisition of CSK Auto; the Lerner Family investor group in its acquisition of the Washington Nationals from Major League Baseball; Kerzner International’s proposed acquisition of Wembley; Enbridge Energy Partners in its roll-down of assets from its Canadian parent, Enbridge, and Lornamead in its U.S. asset acquisition from Unilever.
- Shareholder Activism and Short Attacks: His experience includes defense against activist hedge funds, dissident shareholders and short attacks including Alden Global Capital, Carl Icahn, First Eagle Investment, Gotham Research, Obrem Capital, Lucus Advisors, Oliver Press, Pershing Square, New Mountain Vantage, Relational, and venBio.
- Crisis & Issues Management: He has considerable crisis and issues management experience, which includes counseling public and private companies, municipalities and non-profits on a wide variety of matters including data breaches, earnings misses and restatements, management changes, government investigations, litigation, and layoffs.
- Restructuring & Bankruptcy: He has advised companies in connection with both court-supervised and out-of-court restructurings. Assignments include Accredited Home Lenders, BI-LO, Bruno’s, Rural/Metro, Titan Petrochemicals, and United Subcontractors.
Ed served as a managing director and then a partner at Joele Frank from 2007 to 2011 and rejoined the firm in 2016. From 2011 to 2016, he served as the chief communications officer of Warburg Pincus. In this role, he led the private equity firm’s global communications strategy and team as well as the firm’s service offering to its portfolio companies in the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Asia. He was also a member of the firm’s environmental, social and governance committee. Earlier in his career, Ed was a founding principal at Vistance Group, a corporate and financial communications advisory, and held senior roles at the international public relations firms including Hill & Knowlton and Ketchum. He serves on the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association’s Investor Relations and Marketing Steering Committee and is a member of the Arthur W. Page Society. Ed has lectured on communications topics at a wide variety of academic and industry functions. He received a bachelor of journalism degree from The University of Texas at Austin.