Carl D. Folta Joins Abernathy MacGregor as Senior Counselor
Abernathy MacGregor is pleased to announce that Carl D. Folta has joined the firm as senior counselor. Mr. Folta most recently served as the Executive Vice President of Corporate Communications for Viacom Inc., where he worked in various communications roles for more than two decades. READ THE RELEASE >
After The ACA: Economic imperatives for hospitals won’t change and hospital stakeholder communications remain vital
The relentless noise from Washington generates headlines by the hour, many of them about the Affordable Care Act and its impending repeal. The uncertainty this creates calls for hospital boards and managements to redouble their efforts on stakeholder communications and outreach to prepare audiences for the inevitable changes in the marketplace. READ THE ARTICLE >
“So You Lost the Proxy Contest…” Now What?
Whether due to a settlement with an activist or loss of a contested vote, proxy contests that result in a change in board composition, shareholder expectations or both can leave companies uncertain how to move forward and articulate their investment stories. Post proxy fight, what can a company do to regain control of its narrative? READ THE ARTICLE >
An Evening with Arthur O. Sulzberger, Jr.
Our global AMO partner firms and we recently spent an evening at New York’s Paley Center discussing the role of journalism in today’s polarized and volatile sociopolitical environment. Joining us were Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., publisher of The New York Times, and M&A reporters from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Financial Times and Reuters. Our guests included leading corporate executives, board members, communications professionals, lawyers and investment bankers. A highlight of the session was the discussion between our CEO Tom Johnson and Mr. Sulzberger. SEE THE PHOTOS >
No Neutral Ground: Preparing for Activism Everywhere in the Trump Era
In a highly combustible political environment where neutral ground is hard to find, what can companies do to prepare for a new age of activism, including customer boycotts, employee strikes, and public attention from the White House? READ THE ARTICLE >
Should an activist be allowed to address the board?
In the pages of Directors & Boards magazine, Managing Director Jeremy Jacobs addresses the perennial question of whether corporate boards should meet with shareholder activists. Clearly not every activist requesting a meeting should get one, but in certain instances, directors should keep their friends close and their activists closer. READ THE ARTICLE >
2017 IPO Summit
On Feb. 7 in Palo Alto, we partnered with Morrison & Foerster and Morgan Stanley to host our inaugural IPO Summit. Carina Davidson, Sheila Ennis, and Trevor Martin were among the more than 21 presenters on the state of and trends in the IPO market, the related financial and litigation concerns, and other important communications and reputation-building considerations. READ MORE>
Top Ranked PE Communications Firm
Abernathy MacGregor’s longstanding leadership position in the private equity industry has been recognized by The Deal ranking us the top communications advisor for private equity transactions in 2016. The full league table is available here >
Shareholder Engagement: An evolving landscape
What is your company doing to engage shareholders – and what should you be doing to prepare for activism? Abernathy MacGregor CEO Tom Johnson provides guidance in this month’s Ethical Boardroom magazine. In today’s environment, you can’t wait until an activist is knocking on your door; by then it’s already too late. READ THE ARTICLE >
Cash Tsunami Communications
With a corporate tax overhaul expected under the new administration, a wave of overseas cash is expected to be repatriated. We offer our advice on how boards and management teams should be communicating their capital allocation plans ahead of the cash tsunami. READ THE ARTICLE >
The Bully Tweet: What to do when called out by the next Commander-in-Chief
The President-elect is redefining the bully pulpit through unpredictable tweets aimed directly at American businesses. Here are some steps corporate leaders should take to prepare for and handle a provocative tweet from the next leader of the free world. READ THE ARTICLE >
Abernathy MacGregor Deepens and Extends Senior Team
2016 has been a growth year for our firm, adding senior members to our teams in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Houston. Clients seeking counsel on critically important matters such as M&A, IPOs, investor relations, shareholder activism, litigation support, and crisis management will benefit from this infusion of talent. Read the press release >
Forbes The Just 100
We are proud to call clients many of those companies honored in the new “Just 100” ranking. The “Just 100,” a joint project of Forbes and Just Capital, highlights publicly traded companies’ efforts to solve important social, economic, and environmental issues around the world. See the full list here: SEE THE LIST >
The Rise of Trump: Lessons for Corporate Communications
Uncertainty abounds now that Donald Trump has been elected the 45th President of the United States. We do have clear thoughts on some corporate communications lessons that can be learned from the contentious campaign.