Annabelle advises public companies across a broad range of industries on their communications programs for complex, multi-stakeholder situations. She often works with companies in regulated sectors where communications strategies must consider political and regulatory sensitivities to succeed. Her areas of expertise include:
Crises and Issues Management
She has significant experience advising companies in connection with a wide range of corporate crises including issues related to ethics violations, board investigations, regulatory issues, unexpected leadership changes, federal investigations, cybersecurity breaches, and accounting issues. She works with clients to develop and execute communications strategies related to litigation, reorganizations and other complex matters. Clients have included American Airlines, CBS, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, Whiting Petroleum, MiMedx Group, Duke Energy and CenturyLink, among others.
She has extensive experience advising companies in their interactions with activist investors and defense against proxy contests and short attacks, including, among others, Cars.com (Starboard Value); Samsonite International (Blue Orca Capital); DuPont (Trian Fund); Lionsgate (Carl Icahn); Regis Corporation (Starboard Value); Mentor Graphics (Carl Icahn); and Amylin Pharmaceuticals (Carl Icahn and Eastbourne Capital Management).
Public & Investor Relations
She has considerable experience working closely with companies to provide strategic communications counsel in the context of ongoing public and investor relations. She conducts training for C-suite executives to develop and hone their media and public presentation skills for both in-person and virtual engagements.
Mergers & Acquisitions
She has advised on numerous friendly, unsolicited and contested transactions. Notable assignments include Grubhub in its pending acquisition by JustEatTakeaway, the privatization transaction of Hudson’s Bay Company; Knauf in its unsolicited takeover approach and subsequent acquisition of USG Corporation; the acquisition of DIRECTV by AT&T; the acquisition of Smithfield Foods by Shuanghui International; US Airways in its merger with American Airlines; Lionsgate’s acquisition of Summit Entertainment; The Jones Group in its acquisition by Sycamore Partners; and Lionsgate’s defense against Carl Icahn’s unsolicited tender offer.
Annabelle has been a senior member of the firm for more than ten years. She received a BA from Skidmore College.