A founding partner of the firm, Dan develops and implements targeted communications strategies for clients involved in corporate transactions and special situations, including negotiated mergers and acquisitions, unsolicited takeovers and proxy contests. In addition, he works with clients across a broad range of industries to develop and implement ongoing investor relations and media relations programs. His areas of expertise include:
Mergers & Acquisitions
He advises companies on friendly and unsolicited M&A transactions. Recent and noteworthy projects include advising Allergan in its defense against Valeant/Pershing Square and its merger with Actavis; Newmont Mining in its joint venture with Goldcorp; Forest City Realty Trust in its sale to Brookfield Asses Management; Penn National Gaming in its acquisition of Pinnacle Entertainment; Anadarko Petroleum in its sale to Occidental Petroleum; PotlatchDeltic in its acquisition of Deltic Timber; Bristol-Myers Squibb in its acquisition of Celgene; LifePoint in its sale to RCCH HealthCare Partners; Airgas in its defense against Air Products; Dresser-Rand in its sale to Siemens; Human Genome in its sale to GlaxoSmithKline; ITT on its separation into three publicly traded companies; Ralcorp in its defense against ConAgra; and Tenet Healthcare in its defense against Community Hospitals.
He counsels Board of Directors and management teams facing activist investors and has advised on numerous proxy contests. Recent experience includes: Western Asset Management (Saba Capital); Forest City Realty Trust (Starboard Value, Scopia Capital, Land & Buildings); Williams Companies (Corvex); Hertz (Jana, Carl Icahn); XenoPort (Clinton Group); Procter & Gamble (Pershing Square); Oshkosh (Carl Icahn); Clearwater Paper (SAC Capital); Clorox (Carl Icahn); and Target (Pershing Square).
Investor Relations & Public Relations
He has extensive experience helping companies enhance their overall communications, including investor relations, long-term corporate positioning and internal and external communications. He works closely with his clients to ensure that their corporate stories support and promote overall business objectives and are articulated clearly and consistently.
He has considerable crisis and issues management experience and has advised companies in connection with special situations such as state and federal investigations, regulatory inquiries, insider trading allegations, facility disasters, workforce reductions, high-profile litigation and leadership changes.
Dan was previously a Managing Director at Abernathy MacGregor Frank. He began his career as a practicing attorney and was an associate at Hoffman & Pollok, a law firm specializing in complex criminal and civil litigation. He received a JD from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he was an editor of the Cardozo Law Review. He received a BA in sociology from New York University.