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Mary Aiello

Director

Mary Aiello

Director

Mary provides strategic counsel and communications support to companies across industries in a broad range of special situations, including crisis management, mergers and acquisitions, restructurings and bankruptcies, and shareholder activism defense. She also supports clients with ongoing investor relations, corporate communications and public relations work. Her areas of expertise include:

Crisis Communications

She has helped companies plan for, navigate and communicate highly sensitive issues including discrimination and harassment issues, data breaches, earnings surprises and restatements, workforce reductions, product delays and recalls, litigation, patent disputes, SEC investigations, regulatory actions, management succession and unplanned leadership changes.

Mergers & Acquisitions

She works with clients in both friendly and unsolicited M&A transactions. Notable assignments include advising HP in its defense against Xerox’s unsolicited takeover proposal; Symantec in its sale to Broadcom; Cypress Semiconductor in its sale to Infineon; Shutterfly in its sale to Apollo; Gilead in its acquisition of Kite Pharma; Thermo Fisher Scientific in its acquisition of Patheon; SolarCity in its sale to Tesla; Knight Transportation on its merger with Swift Transportation; Symantec in its acquisition of Blue Coat Systems; Cabela’s in its sale to Bass Pro Shop; Thermo Fisher Scientific in its acquisition of Affymetrix.

Restructuring & Bankruptcy

She has experience advising clients on Chapter 11 reorganizations and Section 363 asset sales. Notable assignments include: PG&E, Avianca, Oasis Petroleum, Mattress Firm, Taco Bueno Restaurants and Jumio.

Shareholder Activism

She has worked with many companies in both public and private activism situations and proxy contests opposite Elliott Management, Corvex Management, JANA Partners, Starboard Value, Icahn Enterprises, Third Point, among others.

Investor Relations and Public Relations

She assists public companies in enhancing their overall communications strategy, including corporate positioning, quarterly earnings preparation and employee communications.

Mary joined the firm in 2015. She received a BA in Philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley.