Aaron provides strategic communications counsel to U.S. and international companies across numerous industries in connection with court supervised and out-of-court restructurings, transactions, crises, litigation and other sensitive situations, as well as ongoing public and investor relations. His areas of expertise include:
Restructuring & Bankruptcy
Recent projects include: Mallinckrodt’s proposed opioid settlement and Chapter 11 filing; Mood Media’s prepackaged Chapter 11 process; Covia’s prearranged Chapter 11 process; the orderly wind down of Stage Stores through Chapter 11; the orderly wind down of Pet Valu Inc.’s U.S. business; the out-of-court recapitalization of Save-A-Lot; the sale and liquidation of Nuvectra’s assets through Chapter 11; the sale of FTD’s businesses through Chapter 11; Southcross Energy’s Chapter 11 process; ACBL’s prepackaged Chapter 11 process; PG&E’s Chapter 11 process to address its legal liabilities; and many other in-court and out-of-court restructurings, sales and liquidations.
Mergers & Acquisitions and Spin-Offs
Recent projects include: Tops Markets’ pending merger with Price Chopper/Market 32; FLIR’s pending acquisition by Teledyne; Proterra’s pending de-SPAC with Arclight; Concho’s acquisition by ConocoPhillips; Salesforce’s acquisition of Slack; SiriusXM’s acquisitions of Stitcher, Simplecast and Pandora; and Centene’s acquisition of WellCare, among others. Notable spin-off transactions include Yum! Brand’s separation of Yum! China; Alcoa’s separation of Arconic; and Edgewell Personal Care’s separation from Energizer.
Crisis and Litigation Communications
He advises clients facing crises including federal investigations, regulatory inquiries, harmful legislation, facility disasters, workforce reductions, employee misconduct issues and unplanned leadership changes.
Notable public assignments include: eHealth (short defense against Muddy Waters); Energen (Corvex and Elliott), Acorda Therapeutics (Scopia), HD Supply (JANA), 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), among others.
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.