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Jeffrey Kauth


Jeffrey Kauth


Jeff provides financial and corporate communications counsel to companies involved in transactions and special situations, including shareholder activism defense and proxy contests, 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 Carl Icahn, Corvex, JANA, Marcato, and Starboard. Jeff has advised Fred’s Pharmacy, Mellanox Technologies, Newell Brands, 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 the Special Committee of Dell Technologies on its proposed conversion of Class V shares; Dun & Bradstreet on its proposed take private transaction; Perry Ellis on its proposed take private transaction; General Electric on its transaction with Baker Hughes; NextEra Energy on its proposed acquisition of Oncor Electric Delivery; Windstream on its merger with EarthLink; Lexmark on its sale to Apex Technology and PAG Asia Capital; and First Niagara on its merger with KeyBank.

Crisis Management

His assignments 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 as 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.