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:
Mergers & Acquisitions
He has worked with clients in both friendly and unsolicited M&A transactions. Notable experience includes working with: S&P Global on its combination with IHS Markit; Standard General in its proposed acquisition of TEGNA; Square (now Block) in its acquisition of AfterPay; Anadarko in its transaction with Occidental Petroleum; Blackstone on its acquisition of Home Partners of America and Bluerock Residential; Newmont Mining in its acquisition of Goldcorp and subsequent hostile takeover defense against Barrick Gold; 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; Gilead Sciences in its acquisition of Kite Pharma; Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen in its sale to Restaurant Brands International; and BMC Stock Holdings in its combination with Builders FirstSource.
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. Current and former clients include American Homes 4 Rent, Americold Realty Trust, Blackstone, DigitalBridge, LivCor, Pennsylvania REIT, and the RMR Group.
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.
IPOs & Spin-offs
He has experience advising companies on initial public offerings, including Lyft and Luckin Coffee, as well as spin-off transactions, including DTE, EQT Corporation and Trinity Industries.
His experience defending companies against activist investors includes: American Homes 4 Rent (Land & Buildings); AmTrust (Carl Icahn); Brookdale Senior Living (Land & Buildings); EQT Corporation (JANA Partners, D.E. Shaw, Kensico, the Rice Team); Janus Henderson Group (Trian Partners); Olin (Sachem Head); Papa John’s (John Schnatter); and Taubman Centers (Land & Buildings).
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.