A founding member of the firm and President since August 2013, Matt has more than 23 years of experience providing strategic corporate, financial and crisis communications counsel to Boards of Directors and executive leadership of public corporations and private equity firms involved in M&A, hostile takeovers, proxy contests, shareholder activism defense, spin-offs, reorganizations, financial restructurings, management changes, litigation, regulatory actions and a wide range of corporate crises. His areas of expertise include:
He has advised many companies in their defense against proxy contests, short attacks and other tactics employed by activist investors. Recent engagements, among others, include: Bed Bath & Beyond (Legion, Macellum, Ancora); L Brands (Barington); GCP Applied Technologies (Starboard); Cerner (Starboard); Knowles (Calligan); GameStop (Hestia, Permit); Louisiana Pacific (D.E. Shaw); Magellan Health (Starboard); Lowe’s (D. E. Shaw); Energen (Carl Icahn, Corvex), Deckers Brands (Marcato); Mellanox (Starboard); Akamai (Elliott); Bemis (Starboard); Commvault (Elliott); Safeguard Scientifics (Sierra Capital); Sabra Health Care REIT (Eminence, Hudson Bay); Gigamon (Elliott); Ensco (Arrowgrass); Carmike Cinemas (Oasis); HD Supply (Jana); Trinity Industries (ValueAct); Outerwall (Engaged, JANA); Allison Transmission (ValueAct, Ashe); Capital Senior Living (Lucas Advisors); Perry Ellis (Legion, CalSTRs), Baxter (Third Point); Viavi Solutions (f/k/a JDS Uniphase) (Sandell); and Manitowoc (Carl Icahn).
Mergers & Acquisitions
Recent assignments include: Circor in its successful defense against an unsolicited tender offer from Crane; an investor group led by Richard Baker in its proposed going-private transaction with Hudson’s Bay; Edgewell in its acquisition of Harry’s; Anadarko Petroleum in its sale to Occidental Petroleum; Multi-Color in its going private transaction; Newmont Mining in its acquisition of Goldcorp; Rowan in its merger with Ensco; Sonic in its sale to Inspire Brands; Dun & Bradstreet in its going-private transaction; Bemis in its combination with Amcor; Verifone in its going-private transaction; Penn National Gaming in its acquisition of Pinnacle Entertainment; INC Research in its merger with inVentiv Health to create Syneos Health; Gilead in its acquisition of Kite Pharma; Panera Bread in its sale to JAB Holdings; Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen in its sale to Restaurant Brands; R.R. Donnelley in its separation into three independent companies; Johnson & Johnson in its acquisition of Actelion; Knight Transportation in its merger with Swift Transportation; Valspar in its sale to Sherwin-Williams; Keurig Green Mountain in its sale to JAB Holdings; Altera in its sale to Intel; Life Time Fitness in its going-private transaction; J.M. Smucker in its acquisition of Big Heart Pet Brands; Family Dollar in its sale to Dollar Tree; and Energizer in its separation into two independent companies.
Corporate Governance, Investor Relations & Financial Public Relations
He develops and implements comprehensive investor relations, corporate governance and financial communications programs for clients across a wide range of industries. He also has played a role in numerous corporate reorganizations, financial restructurings, Board and management changes, governance roadshows, earnings pre-announcements, regulatory actions, litigation support and other material corporate developments.
In 2012 Matt received The M&A Advisor’s “40 Under 40” Recognition Award, and in 2007 he was named to PR Week’s inaugural “40 Under 40” list. Matt previously was a vice president in the M&A and crisis communications practice at Abernathy MacGregor Frank. He serves on the Board of Trustees of Montclair Kimberley Academy in Montclair, NJ. He received an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA in international relations and a BA in communications from the University of Pennsylvania.