Kate advises financial sponsors including private equity firms and their portfolio companies, as well as alternative asset managers focused on private credit and real assets, on strategic communications across a broad range of situations. Her areas of expertise include:
- Reputation Management: She counsels clients on strategically building and maintaining their profiles at the General Partner (GP) level by developing and highlighting key messages, identifying optimal approaches to media engagement, selectively participating in industry conferences and academic events, and managing the impact of regulatory scrutiny, misconduct allegations, management changes or performance challenges.
- Portfolio Level Support: She also helps GPs capitalize on the developments at the portfolio level to generate positive coverage, mitigate negative news and ensure that broader GP messaging is underscored in all portfolio communications. She helps manage responses to unforeseen events including litigation, workplace accidents, product recalls, environmental issues, workforce reductions or facility closures.
- Mergers, Acquisitions and Exits: She supports financial sponsors in all aspects of deal activity. Recent assignments include advising Cornell Capital on its acquisitions of Talcott Resolution and World Kitchen; ClubCorp on its sale to Apollo; Kayne Anderson on its acquisition of KKR-backed Sentio Healthcare Properties; L Catterton on its investment in Punch Bowl Social and L Catterton Asia on its investment in Impresario Entertainment & Hospitality; Blackstone and CF Corp. on the acquisition of Fidelity & Guaranty Life; and EnCap on the sale of EagleClaw to Blackstone.
- Fundraising and Investor Relations: She advises private equity and credit firms throughout the entire fundraising lifecycle from new strategy launches to ongoing marketing activities, interim capital raises and final fund closes. She also works closely with her clients to manage investor communications around unforeseen events at both the GP and portfolio level.
Kate joined Joele Frank in March 2017. She previously worked in Edelman’s Corporate and Public Affairs practice, where she counseled clients on communications in the financial services sector. She began her career as an investment banking analyst in the Global Industrial Group at Barclays, where she advised on transactions and capital raises. Kate received a BA in Economics from Colgate University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude.