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Jack Kelleher


Jack Kelleher


Jack provides strategic communications support for U.S. and international companies across industries and in a wide range of special situations, including transactions, shareholder activism, crises, and ongoing public and investor relations. His areas of expertise include:

Real Estate and Private Equity

He provides REITs, asset managers and service providers in the real estate industry with strategic communications counsel related to M&A, shareholder activism and crises as well as ongoing public relations and investor communications. He also counsels financial sponsors on communications transactions, fundraising and profile raising. 

Crisis Communications

He assists and advises companies facing a variety of crises and special situations, including reputational issues, defense against short-sellers, data breaches, earnings surprises, SEC investigations, regulatory actions, litigation, unplanned leadership changes, closures and workforce reductions. Most recently, he has helped companies address challenges brought on by COVID-19, including creating and adapting investor relations strategies and handling public relations issues on a national and regional level.

Mergers & Acquisitions

He has worked with clients in both friendly and unsolicited M&A transactions. Notable experience includes working with: Anadarko in its transaction with Occidental Petroleum; Newmont Mining in its acquisition of Goldcorp and subsequent hostile takeover defense against Barrick Gold; Enbridge in its acquisition of Spectra Energy; Potlatch and Deltic Timber with their merger; Eastdil Secured, in partnership with Temasek and Guggenheim, on its management-led buyout; General Electric in its transaction to combine GE, Oil & Gas with Baker Hughes; Jacobs Engineering Group in its acquisition of CH2M Hill Cos. Ltd; Gilead Sciences in its acquisition of Kite Pharma; Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen in its sale to Restaurant Brands International; and Apergy Corporation in its combination with Ecolab’s upstream energy business, ChampionX.

IPOs & Spin-offs

He has experience advising companies on initial public offerings, including Lyft and Luckin Coffee, as well as spin-off transactions, including EQT Corporation and Trinity Industries.

Shareholder Activism

His recent experience defending companies against activist investors includes: American Homes 4 Rent (Land & Buildings); AmTrust (Carl Icahn); Brookdale Senior Living (Land & Buildings); Colony Capital (Blackwells Capital); Papa John’s (John Schnatter); Taubman Centers (Land & Buildings); and EQT Corporation (JANA Partners, D.E. Shaw, Kensico, the Rice Team).

Jack joined Joele Frank in January 2016, having previously worked in the Analysis and Research division of Brunswick Group’s corporate headquarters in London. He received a BA in Business and Marketing Management from Oxford Brookes University in the U.K.