Ed provides strategic communications counsel to U.S. and international companies and private equity firms regarding long-term corporate positioning and investor relations programs, crises and issues, restructurings, special situations and transactions. His cross-border experience includes matters throughout Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the Americas. His areas of expertise include:
He advises companies on communications in both friendly and unsolicited M&A, IPOs, SPACs and PIPE transactions. Assignments include assisting Reinvent Technology Partners with SPAC business combinations with Joby Aviation and Hippo; Frontier Airlines with its IPO; Affirm with its IPO and acquisitions of PayBright and Returnly; Kansas City Southern with its proposed acquisition by CP; S&P Global with its proposed acquisition of IHS Markit; Opendoor with its proposed acquisition by the SPAC, Social Capital Hedosophia; Consolidated Communications with its proposed PIPE investment from Searchlight Capital; Lone Star Funds’ portfolio company, Foundation Building Materials, with its proposed acquisition by American Securities; Mastercard with its proposed acquisition of Finicity; RentPath with its proposed acquisition by CoStar Group; WESCO International with its acquisition of Anixter International; KEMET with its acquisition by Yageo; Dada Nexus and Q&K International with their U.S. IPOs; Gannett with its acquisition by New Media and its successful defense of an unsolicited takeover attempt by MNG Enterprises; Fiserv with its acquisition of First Data; Apollo Management’s Momentive with its announced sale to an investor group comprised of KCC Corporation, Wonik QnC and SLJ Partners; Tianqi Lithium with its minority investment in SQM; Knauf with its announced acquisition of USG Corporation; Shire in its sale to Takeda.
Shareholder Activism, Short Attacks & Corporate Governance
His experience includes counseling clients on engagement with and defense against activist hedge funds, dissident shareholders and short attacks including Burlington Stores (Spruce Point Capital), Berkshire Hills Bancorp (HoldCo Asset Management), Endurance International (Gotham Research), Gannett (MNG Enterprises), MBIA (Pershing Square), Newell Brands (Carl Icahn and Starboard), Samsonite (Blue Orca) and Sina (Aristeia Capital).
Crisis Communications & Special Situations
He has considerable crisis and issues management experience, which includes counseling public and private companies, municipalities and non-profits on a wide variety of matters including cybersecurity incidents / data breaches, earnings misses and restatements, ethics violations, government investigations, litigation, layoffs and management changes.
Restructuring & Bankruptcy
He has advised companies in connection with both court-supervised and out-of-court restructurings. Assignments include American Tire Distributors, Accredited Home Lenders, BI-LO, Bruno’s, Luckin Coffee, Libbey, RentPath, Rural/Metro, Taco Bueno, Titan Petrochemicals, and United Subcontractors.
Ed served as a managing director and then a partner at Joele Frank from 2007 to 2011 and rejoined the firm in 2016. From 2011 to 2016, he served as the chief communications officer of Warburg Pincus. In this role, he led the private equity firm’s global communications strategy and team as well as the firm’s service offering to its portfolio companies in the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Asia. He was also a member of the firm’s environmental, social and governance committee. Earlier in his career, Ed was a founding principal at Vistance Group, a corporate and financial communications advisory, and held senior roles at the international public relations firms including Hill & Knowlton and Ketchum. He is a member of the Arthur W. Page Society. Ed has lectured on communications topics at a wide variety of academic and industry functions. He received a bachelor of journalism degree from The University of Texas at Austin.