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Aaron Palash

Managing Director

Aaron Palash

Managing Director

Aaron provides strategic communications counsel to U.S. and international companies across numerous industries in connection with court supervised and out-of-court restructurings, litigation and other sensitive situations, as well as ongoing public and investor relations. His areas of expertise include:

Restructuring & Bankruptcy

Recent clients include Arch Coal, Energy XXI, Noranda, Linn Energy, Targus, PREPA, Nautilus Holdings, Excel Maritime, Genco Shipping, Patriot Coal, Caesars Entertainment Operating Company, M*Modal, Associated Wholesalers, Dendreon, A123 Systems and General Maritime.

Crisis and Litigation Communications

Recent projects include Flowers Foods, InterOil, Endo, Southwestern Energy, Oculus VR, DirecTV, Kazuo Okada, Universal Entertainment and Aruze USA; US Airways anti-trust action; Amylin; and Yardi. He also advises clients facing crises including federal investigations, regulatory inquiries, harmful legislation, facility disasters, workforce reductions and unplanned leadership changes.

Mergers & Acquisitions and Spin-Offs

Notable recent M&A assignments include SolarCity’s pending acquisition by Tesla; InterOil’s pending acquisition by ExxonMobil; DuPont’s pending transaction with Dow Chemical; Keurig Green Mountain’s acquisition by JAB; Centene in its acquisition of Health Net; Con-Way’s acquisition by XPO, Echo Global Logistics in its acquisition of Command Transportation; Endo’s acquisitions of Auxilium and Par and its pursuit of Salix; Lorillard’s transactions with Reynolds America Inc. and Imperial Tobacco; Time Warner’s defense against Twenty-First Century Fox; Men’s Wearhouse’s pack-man defense and merger with Jos. A Bank; US Airways’ merger with American Airlines. Notable spin-off assignments include: Yum!’s pending separation of Yum! China; Alcoa’s pending separation of Arconic; Edgewell Personal Care and its separation from Energizer; Ralcorp’s spin-off of Post Holdings.

Shareholder Activism

Notable public assignments include; InterOil (Phil Mulacek), Team Health (Jana), DuPont (Trian); CDK Global (Elliott), Innophos (Front Four), Mondelez (Trian), Progress Software (Starboard); State Street (Trian); Lionsgate (Carl Icahn) and Alexander & Baldwin (Pershing Square.)

Aaron joined Joele Frank in 2008. He received a JD from St. John’s University School of Law, where he was an editor of the New York International Law Review. He received a BA in history from Carleton College.