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Jeffrey Kauth

Managing Director

Jeffrey Kauth

Managing Director

Jeff provides financial and corporate communications counsel to companies involved in transactions and special situations, including shareholder activism defense, proxy contests and short attacks, negotiated mergers and acquisitions, unsolicited takeovers and restructurings. He also assists clients with ongoing investor relations, corporate communications and crisis management. His areas of expertise include:

Corporate Communications

He works closely with senior management and independent financial and legal advisors to develop and enhance clients’ IR and PR materials to ensure they resonate with stakeholders (e.g., shareholders, analysts, employees, customers) across all situations. He has developed and implemented plans to help companies achieve their business objectives and raise their corporate profile with key stakeholders.

Shareholder Activism

He has advised on numerous public and private activist situations, helping companies defend against some of the most notable activist investors, including Barington, Carl Icahn, Corvex, Elliott, GAMCO, JANA, Marcato, Sachem Head and Starboard. Jeff has advised Circor, Elanco, Fred’s Pharmacy, L Brands, Magellan Health, Mellanox Technologies, Newell Brands, Progenics Pharmaceuticals, Tessco Technologies, Whole Foods Market and Williams Companies, among many others.

Mergers & Acquisitions

He works with clients in both friendly and unsolicited M&A transactions. Notable assignments include advising L Brands in its sale of a majority stake of Victoria’s Secret Beauty and Pink to Sycamore Partners; First Horizon and IBERIABANK in their merger of equals; Circor in its successful defense against an unsolicited tender offer from Crane; Entegris in its proposed merger with Versum; the Special Committee of Dell Technologies on its conversion of Class V shares; Dun & Bradstreet on its take private transaction; Perry Ellis on its take private transaction; General Electric on its transaction with Baker Hughes and NextEra Energy on its proposed acquisition of Oncor Electric Delivery; Lexmark on its sale to Apex Technology and PAG Asia Capital; and First Niagara on its merger with KeyBank.

Crisis Management

His engagements include defense against short-sellers, changes in strategic direction, facility closures and workforce reductions, reputational attacks, worksite violence, litigation, regulatory inquiries and unplanned leadership changes.

Jeff joined Joele Frank in 2016. He previously was an investment banker at Bear Stearns and a trader at Renaissance Technologies. He received a BS in Economics from Cornell University and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.