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BiographySamar has over 10 years experience working as a consultant on some of the largest projects in Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Before joining Finsbury, Samar worked as a Director at Aboab & Co. where she served as an advisor for key projects such as Saudi Arabia’s National Budget announcement for 2017, 2018 & 2019 supporting the Ministry of Economy & Planning’s for Vision 2030, NTP 2020, subsidy reforms and private sector engagement programs. Samar has also provided financial advisory to government and private sector across the Middle East region.
BiographyRob has six years of strategic communications experience with Finsbury and sits on the TMT team. He currently works across a diverse set of listed clients, including Flutter Entertainment, Network International and ITV. His transactional experience includes Worldpay’s IPO and subsequent $11bn deal with Vantiv; Sky’s £30bn sale to Comcast; and AB InBev’s $100bn acquisition of SABMiller, one of the largest transactions of all-time. He also works closely with the crisis practice group and has led projects for Nando’s and Hays. Prior to his role at Finsbury, Rob interned with the Irish Times and Citi, both in Dublin. He graduated with a Masters degree in Financial Journalism from City University London in 2013, and also holds a Bachelors degree in Business Management – with specialism in accountancy – from the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT).
BiographyJenny joined the Consumer team in 2015 and works with luxury retail and consumer brands including the Prada Group, La Perla and Visa. Her transaction experience at Finsbury includes the Watches of Switzerland IPO, working with Prada to define and communicate its transformation strategy, and the Yoox Net-a -Porter Group’s acquisition by Richemont. Jenny holds a BA Honours degree in English Literature from Newcastle University.
BiographyAnya Bailey has extensive experience of working with global companies on their corporate communications and cross-border campaigns as well as reputation and issues management. Anya moved to Tokyo in 2006 where she joined Kreab Gavin Anderson, a PR agency focused on corporate and financial communications. Prior to her move to Tokyo, Anya spent almost a decade in London working in strategic corporate communications for Financial Dynamics (now part of FTI Consulting) as well as in-house at the London Stock Exchange. Previous clients have included defence contractors, technology companies, financial institutions and large retail organizations with cross-border assignments spanning Europe, Russia, the Middle East and Asia. Anya has a first-class honours degree in International Relations from the University of Leeds and a Masters (with Distinction) in Middle Eastern Politics and Economics from SOAS, University of London.
BiographyRichard has been based in Asia since 2000, advising a broad range of domestic and international organisations from across the industrial spectrum on their communications needs, ranging from market entry and reputation management to public affairs, crises, litigation support and financial transactions. He has advised on numerous complex financial situations across the region including IPOs, M&A transactions, proxy battles and debt restructurings totaling over US$300 billion. Richard joins Finsbury after more than seven years at Newgate Communications, which he founded and led in Hong Kong. He previously ran Gavin Anderson & Company in Asia ex-Japan and started his career in investment banking in London. Richard has a BA (Hons) in Politics & Economics from Durham University, UK.
BiographyJoe Berg provides strategic and financial communications counsel to companies on a wide range of critical business issues and special situations, including complex transactions, crisis/issues management, litigation and shareholder activism. He has significant experience developing and executing robust communications and investor relations programs to support clients’ strategic growth objectives and long-term corporate positioning. Prior to joining Finsbury, Joe oversaw strategic and corporate communications for two Los Angeles-based technology companies: Jam City, a mobile gaming studio, and Whisper, a social networking, and media platform. Prior to joining Whisper, Joe spent eight years in the New York office of the strategic communications firm Joele Frank. Joe received an MBA from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Philosophy from Boston College.
BiographyFaeth joined Finsbury soon after its formation in London. In her more than twenty years in communications and investor relations she has advised major corporates on how best to use communication to unlock business challenges and change perceptions. Faeth advises business leaders on integrated communication strategies encompassing political and regulatory audiences, investor relations, employee engagement and on campaigns and reputation management. Faeth is also a leader in the global Capital Markets practice and has particularly strong expertise in mergers and acquisition communications and has advised on many very high profile contested and agreed deals as well as restructuring and capital raisings for clients. Faeth is an honours graduate from The University of St Andrews and has recently completed the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Programme.
BiographyLuciana joined Finsbury bringing with her over 14 years' experience in digital strategy, integrated marcomms and brand positioning. She has worked across the energy, tourism and media sectors in the UK, France and the UAE. Luciana was the youngest member of the executive start-up team that launched The National, Abu Dhabi’s first English language newspaper, in 2008. She led digital strategy, set up and edited the newspaper’s website. She went on to launch Visit Abu Dhabi’s award-winning portal and social media in 2012, managing digital comms across its channels. Luciana started up ADNOC Distribution’s online and social media presence, developed the company’s IR digital products, and led a brand strengthening campaign in the run up to the company’s IPO in 2017 - the Middle East’s largest and most successful in a decade, which raised $851 million.
BiographyStephanie Blank has worked with clients in health care, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, financial services and non-profit sectors. Her expertise includes thought leadership and media relations, executive positioning and reputation building programs that reach various constituencies, including the media, policymakers, and other key stakeholders. Prior to joining Finsbury in 2006, Ms. Blank was a Vice President at Adam Friedman Associates, a boutique corporate and investor relations firm, where she focused on clients in a diverse set of industries such as automotive, financial services, construction, and the technology sector. Before that, she worked at Ruder Finn and Porter Novelli representing various health care clients. Ms. Blank lives in New York City and holds an M.A. in Journalism and Communications from the University of Florida and a B.A. from the University of South Florida.
BiographyAmanda specializes in reputation building programs, crisis and issues management and strategic media outreach. She has significant experience developing and executing multifaceted campaigns that advance business goals with external and internal audiences. Her work has helped companies engage stakeholders, communicate change to employees, build thought leadership positions, shape community programs and navigate public policy, regulatory and litigation developments and issues. Amanda has represented companies in health care, biotechnology, financial services, automotive, consumer goods, entertainment and telecommunications. Prior to joining Finsbury, Amanda spent three years in the U.S. Senate where she was the Deputy Press Secretary for U.S. Senator Arlen Specter. In this position, she managed all daily media relations activities for the Washington, D.C. office and seven Pennsylvania offices. She also assisted with communications efforts related to the Senator’s role as Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and of the Appropriations subcommittee that oversees federal spending on health care and education. Amanda graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English from Penn State University.
BiographyAndrew Borchini joined Finsbury as a Director in 2019 after spending more than a dozen years working at the intersection of financial services, regulatory and public policy, and law. Before joining Finsbury, Andrew was a Director in the Regulatory Relations & Policy group at Barclays, where he worked extensively with the bank’s key regulators, including the Federal Reserve, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the New York State Department of Financial Services. Prior to Barclays, Andrew served as a Senior Advisor to U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and as a litigator at Boies, Schiller & Flexner. He has a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a B.A. from the University of Virginia.
BiographyJames has over two decades experience advising major international companies on a wide range of communication issues impacting reputation with the capital markets and other stakeholders. He joined Finsbury in 2011 after four years with Tulchan, and was previously at Brunswick for 20 years, including five years as the firm’s first Managing Partner. He has advised over 30 of the FTSE 100 including Shell, Unilever and InterContinental as well as international companies such as Vale, Linde and France Telecom.
BiographyDorothy joined Finsbury in 2008 and advises clients in a variety of sectors including consumer, natural resources, financial services, transportation and capital goods. She has worked with clients at various stages of development to help expand their profile and enhance their reputations through focused and data-led campaigns. Dorothy has supported clients on numerous M&A and IPO transactions including the IPOs of Glencore and Infinis, acquisition of BG Group by Royal Dutch Shell and the Cadbury defense against Kraft. Prior to joining the company, she spent 6 years at Goldman Sachs working in the Investment Banking Division in both London and New York as well as the Firmwide Strategy Group where she focused on proprietary M&A, new business development and Board communications. She sits on the boards of Which?, the U.K.'s largest consumer rights organisation and Post Holdings (NYSE: POST) the U.S. consumer packaged goods company. Dorothy holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in business from Florida A&M University and is a dual British and American citizen.
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BiographyAshley Carlton specializes in strategic communication and reputation-building programs for clients in the entertainment, finance, automotive, education and technology fields. In this capacity, she works to advance clients’ business goals through the implementation of proactive communications strategies targeting various constituencies, including the media, policymakers, employees and other stakeholders. Prior to joining Finsbury, Ashley worked at Washington Partners, a government and public relations firm. In her role there, Ashley represented both non-profit and for-profit clients, serving as a liaison between them and members of Congress and their staff, the Administration, and other stakeholders. She also specialized in education policy, grassroots advocacy, and event planning.
BiographyJames joined Finsbury following a ten year career in UK politics and international relations in the Middle East. After five years as an aid to a former UK minister of state, James arrived in the Middle East in 2012 to work as a diplomat with the United Nations. He has developed and implemented numerous engagement strategies with governments across the world to address some of the world's most politically sensitive conflicts.
BiographyCrystal joined Finsbury in 2015 and provides all-rounded accounts advisory and support to international and regional financial institutions and corporates. At Finsbury, Crystal’s past and current clients include the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, AlixPartners, Ninety One (previously Investec Asset Management), Barings, Union Bancaire Privée, The Executive Centre, Galaxy Entertainment Group, ING Bank, OCBC Wing Hang Bank, Sun Hung Kai Properties, Global Switch and Moody’s Investor Services. Crystal specializes in strategic corporate positioning, reputation management and financial product communications. In 2019 she was seconded to the New York office where she was trained in M&A advisory. Prior to joining Finsbury, Crystal was an assistant company secretary at Hong Kong-listed IWS Group Holdings. Crystal holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences degree from The University of Hong Kong, majoring in sociology and media studies. She also spent a year abroad at Keio University in Tokyo, Japan, majoring in international studies.
BiographyScott heads Finsbury’s UK public affairs team, and has advised some of the world’s biggest companies on political strategy. He joined the firm in 2009, having previously been Head of Group Public Affairs at BAA Airports. Scott started his career as an advisor to a shadow minister, before working as a campaigns specialist at Conservative HQ advising three consecutive party leaders, as well as current Prime Minister Boris Johnson when he was a parliamentary candidate. Before joining BAA, he was a senior consultant at a global communications firm and served a four-year term as a representative on Reigate and Banstead Borough Council. Scott is an award-winning author of books on political strategy, including How to Survive a Select Committee, and has been a commentator on politics across print, broadcast and radio. Scott is also the Campaign Director for Legacy10 which promotes greater charitable giving, and he helped the former Secretary of State for Health to achieve his target of creating a million Dementia Friends. Scott has a Master’s Degree from the University of Manchester.
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BiographyOlu is a multi-disciplinary Creative Director and design specialist with over a decade of cross-cultural strategic brand development, visual communication design as well as, user interface design, experience design and development-built experience. His professional creative experience spans a variety of industries and sees him advising and assisting clients on executing brand development and communications programs in a visual communications capacity. Prior to joining Finsbury, his professional involvements saw him work on the Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank - ADCB, Dubai Airports rebrands and strategic communications overhauls. He has also worked with The UAE Government, The UAE Ministry of Education, United Nations Data Forum, Abu Dhabi Media Council, World Economic Forum and the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in various creative and design capacities. Most recently he worked with the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation - where he led the design team responsible for the brand development, visual communications and experiential design for the upcoming APEC CEO Summit in Chile.
BiographyJenny joined Finsbury in 2011 from the Sunday Times, where she was City Editor. Jenny heads the Consumer team at Finsbury and advises a wide range of clients on corporate reputation and crisis as well as financial communications. During four years at the Sunday Times she built up detailed knowledge of the consumer sector, covering retail and private equity alongside commercial property. Prior to the Sunday Times, Jenny spent five years at The Times newspaper covering banking and property. She started her career at Property Week magazine. Jenny graduated from the University of Oxford, where she read English.
BiographyMike Dolan specializes in providing strategic communications counsel on crisis management, litigation and legal issues, government investigations and regulatory matters, cybersecurity and data privacy issues, and executive transitions for clients in the automotive, energy, healthcare, media, technology and financial services industries, among others. Since joining Finsbury in 2008, he has helped develop and execute high-profile communications campaigns involving significant business, financial and reputational issues, advised clients around transformational announcements, and worked with global companies to prepare and train on detailed crisis preparation plans.
Mike was named one of Lawdragon’s top 100 global leaders in legal strategy and consulting for his expertise in crisis communications in 2020.
Previously, Mike served in various communications and development roles at several domestic and internationally-focused non-profit organizations, including the Children’s Defense Fund. He received his B.A. and M.A. in Philosophy from Fordham University.
BiographyWill Edgar specializes in strategic communications and crisis management, helping clients navigate complex and sensitive issues including litigation communications, executive transitions, public policy and regulatory matters, government investigations, investor relations and transaction communications. He is also experienced in developing and implementing large-scale, proactive corporate reputation initiatives and stakeholder engagement programs. Current and former clients include a broad range of organizations, such as financial services, automotive, energy, and other companies, as well as academic and non-profit institutions. Prior to joining Finsbury, Mr. Edgar served in a variety of government and political communications roles, including as an aide to then-Senator Hillary Clinton’s 2008 Presidential campaign, with responsibilities that included crisis communications messaging, strategy, and response. He also served as Press Secretary to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, as a communications aide to former President Bill Clinton at the William J. Clinton Foundation, and in various capacities on other national, state and local campaigns. Mr. Edgar is a graduate of Williams College in Massachusetts, where he earned a B.A. in Mathematics and Art.
BiographySara Evans has 15 years of experience providing communications strategies and support for some of the world’s leading companies in the U.S., UK and key international markets. Sara joined Finsbury in 2011 and led the financial services team in London for two years before moving to New York. She advises clients across a range of sectors on corporate, financial and crisis communications, including high profile transactions, shareholder activism, management transitions, corporate governance matters and legal and regulatory affairs. Prior to joining Finsbury, Sara was at Lloyds Banking Group for seven years. While in the Group's media relations team, she worked on a range of issues through the financial crisis and managed communications activity surrounding the bank's recapitalization following Lloyds TSB's acquisition of Halifax Bank of Scotland.
BiographyStuart Fischer, who joined the firm in 1994, provides communications advice to senior executives regarding crisis and issues management, media relations, major transactions and business developments, executive transitions, employee communications, labor and employment issues, and strategic positioning. His experience spans a range of industries: media and entertainment, professional services, healthcare, retail (including mobile payments and electronic retail), education, and not-for-profits. Previously, Stuart was at Geto & de Milly, a New York communications and government relations firm. He also held communications positions with CBS News; the City of New York; and U.S. Rep. Peter A. Peyser (R/D-NY). Stuart serves on the Board of Trustees of NYSCI (The New York Hall of Science), where he is a member of the Executive Committee, and was Chairman of the Board of Metropolitan Montessori School in Manhattan for eight years. Stuart is a graduate of Colgate University (B.A., philosophy). He lives in Manhattan with his lovely bride, Jeanette. Recently published by Stuart Fischer: The Man Who Saved Museums – Scientific American Thoughts on Storytelling – Huffington Post
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BiographyHugo is Managing Director in Finsbury’s Political & Regulatory team, where he has advised some of the world’s largest companies on reputation management and political communications. Hugo started his career in the UK Houses of Parliament, later working for the Conservative Party for the 2016 EU referendum and London Mayoral campaigns and playing a key role in the 2010, 2015 and 2017 General Election campaigns, where he managed strategic campaign activity for the Prime Minister, Chancellor and senior Cabinet members. At Finsbury, Hugo has advised board members at G4S, Bombardier, FirstGroup, easyJet, Daily Mail and General Trust and British Gas, recently securing FTSE 100 Whitbread PLC as a new client. Significant projects at Finsbury have included the award-winning Campaign for Crossrail, snow crises at BAA and Eurostar, advising Volkswagen UK following the 2015 diesel emissions scandal and AstraZeneca in its successful defence against Pfizer’s £68bn hostile approach. Hugo was educated in the UK, and recently served as a School Governor in London’s White City.
BiographyBarney Gimbel draws from his experience in investment banking, journalism and government to advise clients on communications strategies in a wide range of financial, corporate and crisis situations. Before joining Finsbury, Barney was a director with Hannam & Partners, the London-based merchant bank, where he founded the firm’s sovereign advisory practice and advised clients on transactions in the natural resources and transportation sectors. Prior to investment banking, Barney worked for the U.S. Department of Defense as special assistant to Deputy Under Secretary of Defense Paul A. Brinkley, who led the Pentagon’s economic stabilization efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Barney traveled extensively to Iraq and Afghanistan to help run the program’s foreign direct investment initiatives, coordinate intra-government relations and manage the team’s media relations program. After government service, he returned to Iraq to help set up a Pritzker Organization investment fund that built businesses in that country’s oilfield and transportation sectors. Barney began his professional life as a journalist, first with Newsweek and then with Fortune. He holds a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University and bachelor’s degree in political science from Emory University.
BiographyHerma Gjinko is a Director at Finsbury where she specializes in strategic communications counsel on crisis management, litigation and legal issues, government investigations and regulatory matters. She has helped develop and execute multiple high-profile communications campaigns involving significant business, financial and reputational issues and has helped implement large-scale, proactive corporate reputation initiatives and stakeholder engagement programs. Herma has provided communication support for clients in a range of industries, including automotive, financial services, energy, technology and education.
Prior to joining Finsbury, Herma was a Fulbright Scholar in Berlin, Germany. She graduated magna cum laude from the College of the Holy Cross with a B.A. in Political Science and European Integration.
BiographyMatthew Glasser is a Director at Finsbury, where he represents clients in the financial services, energy and non-profit sectors, among others. Since joining Finsbury in 2012, Matthew has advised clients in strategic communication matters that include crisis management, regulatory issues, litigation support, M&A transactions, IR support, executive transitions and general brand positioning. Prior to joining Finsbury, Matthew spent more than three years as a corporate paralegal at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, a leading global law firm. There he supported transactions for the firm’s M&A, Banking and Finance, and Capital Markets teams. Matthew graduated from Columbia University in 2008 with a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature.
BiographyKal Goldberg is a Partner at Finsbury, and leads the firm’s U.S. Capital Markets and Transactions Practice. He advises managements and boards on communications strategies across a wide variety of domestic and cross-border M&A, IPO, restructuring, shareholder activism, litigation and crisis situations. Recent representations include Tribune Media Company in its acquisition by Sinclair Broadcasting Group; Praxair, Inc. in its merger with Linde AG; SABMiller in its merger with AB InBev; Ball Corporation in its merger with Rexam plc and Alliance Boots in its “Step Two” merger with Walgreens. Other engagements include advising American Suzuki Motor Corporation in its U.S. restructuring and NYMEX, FXall and RiskMetrics on their IPOs. Transactions led by Kal have received wide industry recognition, including “Deal of the Year” from M&A Advisor and “IPO of the Year” from IR Magazine. Kal was previously a Senior Managing Director in FTI Consulting’s strategic communications segment. Prior to FTI, Kal was an investment banker with Avalon Group and was previously a senior member of Hill & Knowlton’s corporate and financial practice. Kal holds an MBA in finance from NYU’s Stern School of Business and is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, MO.
Kerry Golds is a Managing Director at Finsbury, with ten years of experience providing financial and strategic communications counsel to public and private companies, financial sponsors and nonprofit organizations.
She specializes in special situations and cross-border assignments, with a focus on M&A and integrations, restructurings, crisis and issues management, executive transitions, regulatory matters and litigation. Her clients have spanned a wide range of sectors, including financial services, media, technology, retail/consumer, transportation and energy.
While based in New York, she has provided extensive on-the-ground support to clients in Europe and the Middle East, including an extended assignment in Finsbury’s Dubai office.
Kerry graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory and a minor in Hispanic Studies.
BiographyAnastasia joined Finsbury in 2010. She has 15 years of experience in financial communications, working across a broad range of sectors and supporting some of the biggest capital markets transactions. Anastasia is co-Head of Finsbury’s Natural Resources team, she advises a range of public and private European companies and has strong expertise in reputation management. Before moving to financial PR, Anastasia had a career in broadcast journalism. She was a presenter and editor of business and current affairs programmes at the Russian Service BBC in London, prior to which she worked as a presenter and correspondent for Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty in Moscow. Anastasia is a graduate of Lomonosov Moscow State University and the University of Westminster (UK).
BiographyJohn joined Finsbury’s Political and Regulatory Practice in 2006, following six years working as senior aide to a UK Member of Parliament. He provides strategic counsel to clients in a broad range of sectors and situations, covering both Westminster and Brussels. He also leads Finsbury's public affairs work on competition policy cases, under UK and EU jurisdiction. He has advised on a wide range of high-profile M&A transactions, along with market investigation, cartel and abuse of dominance cases. Educated at the University of Leeds, John holds a degree in History and a Masters degree in International Political Economy.
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BiographyMax Gross is a Director at Finsbury based in New York. He advises a wide range of organizations and institutions on communications strategies to effectively manage crisis situations, complex legal and regulatory issues and other sensitive reputational matters. He also has significant experience developing and executing proactive media campaigns for non-profit organizations, corporate executives and high-net-worth individuals.
An experienced writer and project manager, Max joined Finsbury in 2015 after serving as the Deputy Director of Research for New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, where his work supported various capital market, technology and civil rights investigations. Max holds a Bachelor’s degree from the George Washington University and Master’s in Public Administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA).
BiographyMichael J. Gross, Vice Chairman of Finsbury, has extensive experience in managing corporate, financial, and crisis communications programs for a broad range of corporate and institutional clients. Michael has developed and implemented communications strategies for a number of complex financial transactions, as well as crises including environmental problems, anti-trust and patent litigation, government investigations, regulatory issues, labor disputes, and product recalls. His experience also extends to CEO positioning, advocacy advertising, and strategic philanthropy. Prior to joining Finsbury in 1989, he was a Managing Director of Adams & Rinehart, a strategic communications firm; worked for several years at Mobil Corporation in public relations and finance; and was an advertising account executive with Doyle Dane Bernbach. Michael has a B.A. in philosophy from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, an M.A. in creative writing from City College of New York, and an M.B.A. in finance from New York University.
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BiographyAmy Gross is a Principal at Finsbury, where she specializes in developing and implementing public relations campaigns and communications programs for clients in a variety of industries including financial services, health care, nonprofit, technology and media. She has been a member of the firm since 1999. Amy counsels clients on a range of communications strategies incorporating digital and traditional media relations, executive visibility strategies and thought leadership programs. Amy also provides media and presentation training to help senior executives and spokespersons improve their ability to convey key messages in a variety of situations. Prior to joining Finsbury, Amy worked for the Penguin Group where she coordinated national book tours and media campaigns for hardcover and paperback titles from the Viking and Penguin imprints. Prior to that, she worked at Putnam Berkley Inc. where she managed special sales and event logistics for in-store author signings. Amy holds a B.A. in English from Haverford College.
BiographyIn her 35-year career in communications, Julie Hamp has strengthened top global brands while cultivating talent and key relationships across North America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. Her focus is on corporate reputation management, with extensive experience at the head of large global and regional teams in media relations; brand building and consumer engagement; executive communications; consumer relations; global talent development; sustainability communications; and crisis communications and issues management. As the chief communications officer and a managing officer for Toyota Motor Corporation, Julie led Toyota’s global communications efforts, a role she took on after serving as chief communications officer for Toyota Motor North America, Inc. Prior to joining Toyota, Julie was chief communications officer and senior vice president, communications and consumer relations for PepsiCo, reporting to the CEO. She was also vice president, communications for General Motors’ European region in Zurich and a member of both the GME and GM corporate communications strategy boards. Her prior positions within GM include general director of communications for Latin America, Africa and the Middle East; general director for sales, service and marketing communications in North America; and vice president of communications for the Saturn brand. Julie holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan, and her post-graduate studies include participation in the GM-Harvard Business School’s Executive Development Program with an emphasis on Asian studies. She is an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America and the Arthur W. Page Society.
BiographyA highly experienced expert in strategic communications with over twenty years of experience, Minako has a proven track record in M&A and PMI communications, crisis communications, strategic messaging, reputation management, profile raising, media relations, and employee communications. She also leads the Finsbury media training practice bringing an extensive track record of training for corporate leaders and executives in Japan. Before joining Finsbury in 2019, Minako served as Head of Marketing & Communications at J.P. Morgan in Japan where she managed overall communications activities for both internal and external stakeholders in the areas of media relations, issues management, thought leadership, employee engagement in CSR, diversity & inclusion and talent acquisition. She was previously a partner at Kreab Gavin Anderson where she led the financial communications practice and advised on numerous M&A and capital markets deals. She also managed a number of corporate reputation and issues management situations. Minako previously worked at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, initially in equity research, later moving to investment banking where she covered general industry as well as investor communications. This followed earlier positions at the Embassy of Switzerland in Tokyo (assistant to the Counselor for Industrial and Scientific Affairs), Morgan Stanley (equity research), and Jardine Fleming (equity research). She translated the book “The Bursting of the Yen Bubble” in 1995 and passed the US CPA exam in 1999. She graduated from Tsuda University with a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations. Currently, she is an adviser to “Social Investment Partners” which manages Japan’s first venture philanthropy fund and “Music Dialogue” which develops young musicians and educates audiences through chamber music.
BiographyDeborah brings over 30 years’ experience in financial and corporate communications to Finsbury and is a widely recognized expert on communications issues in Japan and Asia. She joined Finsbury in 2019 from Edelman Japan, where she was responsible for Financial, M&A and Capital Markets Communications. She played a significant role in evolving Edelman’s capabilities in Financial Communications in Japan and the Asia Region, working on cross-border transactions, investor relations, corporate profile-raising and crisis management assignments. Prior to joining Edelman, Deborah was Managing Partner at Kreab Gavin Anderson, a firm she was associated with since 1988. Deborah is a vice-chair of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan’s Alternative Investment and Women in Business Committees, she is a senior advisor to the New Zealand Trade & Enterprise Beachhead Committee which advises companies on Japan market entry, and she serves as a community leader in her local community in Tokyo. Hayden and her clients have received several awards for excellence in PR and public affairs. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours in economics from the University of Otago in New Zealand and has diplomas from Osaka University and Osaka University of Foreign Studies.
BiographyRollo is a Managing Partner and member of the Global Board. He joined Finsbury twenty years ago and has over twenty-eight years of agency strategic communications experience gained in both London and New York. Prior to Finsbury he started his career at Lehman Brothers International on the fixed income side. He has led assignments across a wide range of sectors and geographies, including significant corporate reputation, transactional and crisis communications mandates. Rollo currently or recently has advised global businesses including Walmart, ABB, SoftBank and Prosus/Naspers. Rollo is a Trustee of the Twinning Project, a charity whose aim is to reduce reoffending rates by providing primarily sports based skills courses for prisoners.
BiographyAmanda joined Finsbury in 2012 and advises on corporate, financial and crisis communications for FTSE 350 and Fortune 500 companies, particularly across the TMT and retail/consumer sectors. She has a range of cross-border capital markets experience including Comcast’s acquisition of Sky, SoftBank’s acquisition of ARM Holdings, SABMiller’s takeover defence against AB InBev and the Walgreens-Alliance Boots merger. Her pro bono work includes football’s Twinning Project and the Equality FC campaign for gender pay equality. Amanda holds a Masters degree from Oxford University and a Bachelor’s degree from Boston College.
David specialises in advising international clients manage multi-facited risks to their reputation. He also runs Finsbury’s social purpose practice, which supports clients with the contributions they make to society beyond paying tax and employing people.
Before joining the firm in 2012, David worked for four years in 10 Downing Street. Specialising in economics, finance and foreign policy, David’s role included preparing Gordon Brown and then David Cameron every week for Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons. He coordinated advice for European Councils and acted as David Cameron’s Private Secretary during his first budget. David spent two earlier years in the UK’s Treasury. Prior to that, David was a Special Adviser to Ministers in Australia on economics, education and the environment. He was the President of Australia’s National Union of Students and he graduated from Melbourne University, combining degrees in Arts where he majored in philosophy and politics (with an additional honours research year in politics) and Commerce (economics & finance).
BiographyAlastair has 20 years experience advising large companies, across Europe and Asia, on complex and challenging financial transactions and crises. He joined Finsbury in 2011, to establish the firm’s highly successful Asia business which, in only its second year of operation was named FT/Mergermarket Asia-Pacific M&A Awards – PR Firm of the Year. In 2016 he returned to the Group’s head office in London. Alastair’s past and present clients in Asia include: Air China, AIA, BlackRock, China Gas, China Unicom, Coca-Cola, Galaxy Entertainment Group, Khazanah, The Korea Exchange, MAN, New World, OCBC, Singapore Exchange, Sinosteel, Sung Hung Kai Properties and Volkswagen Group. European clients include: Aviva, ARM Holdings, Asos, Autonomy, Coca-Cola Hellenic, ConvaTec, Prada, SWIFT and DoComo. Prior to Finsbury, Alastair spent more than a decade at another leading global communications firm in London, Greece and Hong Kong.
BiographyTheo Hildebrand has over a decade of communications experience advising corporate, government and non-profit organisations. He leads Finsbury’s Digital Team in London, supporting clients with digital strategy, content creation and crisis management. He joined Finsbury in November 2009, helping to grow its Middle East and Africa operations, and has experience of a wide range of industries and financial transactions. Prior to joining Finsbury, he held communication roles in London for Citi and Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres.
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BiographyJohn is a Partner of Finsbury, based in Dubai. He established the region’s first dedicated financial and corporate PR business in 2003. He has advised on capital market transactions, corporate profile raising and crisis management in all Gulf states and throughout the Middle East in markets such as Lebanon, Iraq and Syria. John is a renowned adviser in special situations. He advised Dubai World on its $26bn restructuring, the largest such project in the Middle East and he supported Arcapita, the first Gulf based institution to apply for, and come through, Chapter 11 proceedings. He is a two time recipient of the PR Week award for financial communications: for the Acquisition of Safeway by Morrisons in 2003 and the 2014 listing of Asiacell in Baghdad
BiographyPaul Holmes, CEO, North America, advises clients in areas including strategic and crisis communications, litigation support, public policy, regulatory issues, governance matters, and cybersecurity and data privacy. He joined Finsbury in 2007 and has represented several of the world’s largest companies in the financial services, media, retail, transportation, insurance and health care sectors, among others.
Before joining the firm, Paul had a successful career in international journalism. He has worked in more than 50 countries and was the Political and General News Editor at Reuters for five years.
Paul is a co-author of the Latin Lawyer guide to crisis management and of four books on international affairs. He has been recognized for his expertise in litigation and crisis communications by Chambers & Partners and Lawdragon. He is an Ethics Fellow of the Poynter Institute of Journalism Studies in St. Petersburg, Florida and a member of the Leadership Council of the Committee to Protect Journalists.
Paul speaks fluent French, German and Italian and holds a Bachelor’s degree in modern languages from the University of Exeter in the UK.
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BiographyCraig Horowitz is a Partner at Finsbury where he has represented clients in the health care, media, technology, transportation, and real estate sectors. His areas of expertise include crisis management, public policy and regulatory matters, executive transitions, community relations, employee communications, litigation support, and labor campaigns. Craig joined Finsbury in 2009, after a long career as an award-winning journalist with New York Magazine, where he was one of the city's best-known reporters, covering politics, public policy, crime, and health care. He also has reported extensively from the Middle East and served as a senior writer at People magazine. Craig has been a guest lecturer at Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism and NYU's Graduate School of Journalism, as well as a regular commentator on television and radio. His writing has been included in many anthologies, most recently in The Best American Crime Writing 2005 (HarperCollins).
BiographyRebecca Houck provides strategic counsel to clients on crisis communications and reputation-building campaigns. She works closely with Fortune 500 companies and academic institutions, among others, to advance their goals both internally and externally by engaging stakeholders, building thought leadership positions and conducting media outreach. She is also an attorney with significant experience navigating litigation and policy issues.
Prior to joining Finsbury, Rebecca worked as a litigator at two prominent New York law firms, where she represented both corporate and individual clients on diverse matters including securities litigation, trademark disputes, employment litigation, real estate disputes and corporate governance. Rebecca earned her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School, and her B.A., cum laude, from Dartmouth College. Rebecca is licensed to practice law in New York.
BiographyRowley Hudson joined Finsbury in 2010. He advises clients across a wide range of sectors on all aspects of their financial, corporate and strategic communications. His special situations experience includes extensive crisis communications work with Volkswagen in both the U.S. and Europe and providing litigation communications counsel to UBS.
Before moving to the New York office, Rowley led the Industrials team in London, where his transactional experience included the merger of Glencore and Xstrata, the merger of Sorin and Cyberonics and the listing of Coca-Cola HBC on the London Stock Exchange.
Prior to joining Finsbury, Rowley worked at the Financial Times in London and RCS MediaGroup in Milan.
Rowley holds a BA Honours degree in Modern European Languages and Literature from the University of Durham and speaks French and Italian.
BiographyAndrew Johnson is a Managing Director at Finsbury. He has experience advising clients on a broad range of financial communications issues including M&A, restructuring, shareholder activism, litigation and crisis situations. Previously he was a Vice President at the Glover Park Group, a strategic communications firm and Finsbury partner, where he helped lead the firm’s capital markets practice. Prior to that, he was the Director of Public Relations for Kirkland & Ellis, the international law firm, and a Vice President with The Abernathy MacGregor Group, a financial communications agency. Some of Andrew’s current and former clients include: ABB in the divestment of its power grids business to Hitachi; Cerberus Capital in various transactions including its acquisition of Avon and Staples’s European assets; USAA in the sale of its asset management business to Victory Capital; Sprint on various engagements including its sale to Softbank, hostile defense against DISH Networks and its opposition campaign to the proposed AT&T/T-Mobile merger. Mr. Johnson graduated from Miami University (OH) with a degree in History and Business Legal Studies.
BiographyAjay Junnarkar is the Chief Financial Officer at Finsbury. He joined the company from Kroll Bond Rating Agency, Inc. where he was Chief Financial & Administrative Officer from its founding until 2019. He has previously served as a senior finance team member at Marsh & McLennan Companies, where he held roles including VP & Assistant Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of its global reinsurance brokerage subsidiary, Guy Carpenter & Company. Ajay has also previously worked at Goldman Sachs & Co. and Kroll Associates. Ajay holds a BMath and an MA from the University of Waterloo in Canada, an MBA from Columbia Business School and is a Chartered Accountant in Canada.
BiographyMegan Kennedy joined Finsbury in 2011, and supports clients on financial communications initiatives, including major transactions and restructurings. She has also provided support during crises and litigation, and has extensive experience leading proactive profile-building and reputation management campaigns. Megan has represented clients across a number of different industries – including media and entertainment, technology, advertising, health care, financial services, and others — as well as nonprofit clients. Megan joined the firm after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Journalism & Mass Communications, with a concentration in Public Relations, and minors in American History and Spanish.
BiographyAngharad is a Director in the Financial Services team, advising clients across their financial, corporate and crisis communications. She helps multinational businesses across sectors – such as AstraZeneca, Deutsche Bank, Man Group, easyJet and EY – use strategic communications to achieve their business objectives and build their reputations across markets. She also has significant capital markets experience including supporting SABMiller through its $100bn acquisition by AB InBev, Deutsche Bank with the demerger and IPO of its asset management unit, Noble Group with its $3.5bn debt restructuring and recently listed Network International. Angharad joined Finsbury in 2015 from a corporate PR agency and has also previously worked in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. She read Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) at Jesus College, University of Oxford.
BiographyClaudia is heading the Shanghai office and advises clients from various sectors in corporate communications and strategic positioning, as well as in M&A-transactions and crisis situations. Having worked with HERING SCHUPPENER from Frankfurt for six years prior to joining Finsbury in 2017, she is an expert on communicating globally, in Europe, Asia and the United States. In this position, she led the China Desk of the firm and co-authored a survey on best-practice communication of German companies in China. Her experience in various cross-border M&A- and capital market transactions and crisis situations covers a variety of issues, e.g. cyber crisis and change management as well as various sectors, such as industrials, tech, real estate, healthcare and financial services. Claudia holds a Master in Communication Management from Leipzig University (GER) and a Bachelor degree in European Studies from the University of Maastricht (NL) and the Science Politiques Rennes (F). Claudia is a German native speaker, is fluent in English, has conversational knowledge of French and Dutch and basics in Mandarin.
BiographyGuy works with clients across a wide range of industries. Prior to joining Finsbury Guy spent 15 years as an equity analyst at a number of banks including Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Cazenove. Guy has a degree in PPE from Oxford and qualified as an accountant at Arthur Andersen.
BiographyFrancis joined Finsbury in July 2014. She is a member of the financial services advisory team supporting a variety of regional and international financial institutions. Past and current clients include asset managers (Aberdeen Asset Management, Allianz Global Investors, Blackrock), banks (HSBC, ICBC Asia, ING Bank, OCBC Bank, OCBC Wing Hang), pension fund (Canada Pension Plan Investment Board/CPPIB), private banks (Bank of Singapore), payments solutions and tech players (Visa, WeLab). She has also facilitated media trainings for senior asset managers and bankers. Prior to joining Finsbury, Francis was a financial journalist. She wrote for a number of leading local newspapers including Hong Kong Economic Times, Apple Daily and Oriental Daily News for nearly ten years, covering local and international banking, asset management and offshore Yuan business development in Hong Kong. She has solid business and finance knowledge and is well connected in the media industry. Francis holds a BA (Hons) in Language and Communications from Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She is fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.
BiographyWinnie Lerner is the Managing Partner for Finsbury’s North American operations. She specializes in counseling CEOs and other senior executives, Boards of Directors and outside advisors through complex situations, including changes to leadership, sensitive litigation, control contests, shareholder activism and governance, cybersecurity and data privacy issues, SEC investigations and regulatory issues. She has worked closely with numerous Fortune 100 companies, smaller public companies, and portfolio companies.
Prior to joining Finsbury, she was head of the New York office and Capital Markets practice for Glover Park Group (GPG), the leading communications and public affairs agency in Washington, DC, and Finsbury’s strategic partner. Previously, she was head of global communications for Ralph Lauren, and prior to Ralph Lauren, she worked for 16 years at The Abernathy MacGregor Group (AMG), a leading boutique corporate consultancy, where she was most recently Co-President of the firm. Ms. Lerner also worked as a Legislative Assistant on the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Telecommunications and Finance.
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BiographyChristine Levesque is a veteran communication and marketing consultant with more than 20 years of experience. As a partner at Finsbury, she provides communication, reputation management, public affairs, media relations, marketing and brand strategy counsel to a wide variety of clients from non-profits and start-ups to Fortune 50 companies. Serving as a strategic counselor to senior executives, especially in special and crisis situations, she has experience across a diverse range of industries, including media/entertainment, automotive, energy, technology, financial services and health care. Prior to joining Finsbury, Chris spent more than a decade in the entertainment industry with AMC Networks and News Corp’s Gemstar-TV Guide, where she was responsible for building the respective companies’ reputations and raising the profiles of their consumer product portfolios. Chris's political experience includes serving as a member of the Clinton/Gore press advance team and on Dianne Feinstein’s first U.S. Senate campaign. She began her career in the newsroom of The Christian Science Monitor. Chris graduated cum laude from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she was a Chancellor's Scholar. She is an alumnus of the David Rockefeller Fellows Program and a recipient of several industry awards including Promax, BDA and Emmy awards.
BiographyJames heads Finsbury’s UK crisis practice area. He has over 25 years extensive experience in providing strategic positioning, reputational and crisis management, executive changes, financial communications and litigation support for some of the world’s leading companies across a wide range of industries in the UK and key international markets. James has also worked in New York advising businesses on global issues advocacy.
BiographyNidaa joined Finsbury in 2012. She works across a range of sectors, including mining, engineering and pharmaceuticals. As well as experience advising clients on media relations, Nidaa specialises in investor communications, advising a wide spectrum of clients on best practice communication with the capital markets. Nidaa also recently advised AstraZeneca on the defence of a £69bn takeover approach from Pfizer. Before moving to financial PR, Nidaa had a career in investment banking. She worked in the Corporate Finance division of KPMG in London, and more recently in the M&A team of European Investment Bank Altium Capital, where she focused on the small to mid cap sector and had a number of AIM listed clients including Empresaria, Mulberry and James Halstead. Nidaa graduated from the London School of Economics with a degree in Economics. She also holds a certificate in Corporate Finance.
BiographyJeff McAndrews has been with Finsbury since 2000 and currently leads the firm’s global Crisis and Issues Management practice. He has more than 20 years of experience developing and executing targeted communications campaigns designed to advance his clients’ business and brand objectives. He specializes in crisis management, corporate reputation, litigation support, media relations, CEO and employee communications, and financial communications. A founding partner of Finsbury’s Los Angeles office, he has provided communications counsel to global corporations as well as small to mid-sized clients across the media, automotive, technology, entertainment, financial services, consumer goods and healthcare industries, among others. Previously, Jeff was Director of Communications and Development for the American Council on Germany, a leading foreign policy organization dealing with European-American political and economic relations. Prior to this, he was an instructor of business English in Japan. Jeff holds a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.
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BiographyKirsti McCabe is a Managing Director at Finsbury with more than a dozen years of experience in crisis communications, reputation management, financial communications and strategic media outreach. She has experience helping companies work through complex corporate issues, including financial and regulatory issues, mergers and acquisitions, litigation, cybersecurity, leadership transitions, and corporate reorganizations. Kirsti has extensive experience working on CEO and leadership positioning campaigns and developing proactive communications strategies, including strategic positioning, employee and executive communications and thought leadership campaigns.
Prior to joining Finsbury, Kirsti spent 12 years working as a journalist at The Wall Street Journal, WSJ.com and Dow Jones Newswires, including eight years as a foreign correspondent in Shanghai and Hong Kong. She also has lived and worked in Paris, Brussels and Taipei. Kirsti earned a Master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University and graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University. She speaks fluent French and conversational Mandarin Chinese.
BiographyConor returned to Finsbury in 2019 and splits his time between London and Dublin. Conor spent three years working for Ireland’s leading executive search and leadership advisory firm MERC Partners, a Spencer Stuart company. He worked with many domestic and multinational clients and successfully completed numerous senior executive and non-executive search assignments. Prior to this, Conor worked in London for fourteen years, most recently as a Partner with Finsbury. He advised Boards, CEOs and senior executives on a range of strategic areas, including media relations, financial communications and investor relations, employee engagement, executive transition and organisational change, mergers and acquisitions, litigation, and reputation management. Conor graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from University College Dublin and a Master of Science from The Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business.
BiographyLiz Micci is a Partner in Finsbury’s New York office. She has 20 years of experience providing corporate and financial communications counsel to clients ranging from startups to Fortune 50 companies during complex moments and times of transition. She has advised senior executives on a wide range of transactions, crises, litigation, and other special situations, as well as profile-raising, media relations, and reputation management campaigns. She has worked across a variety of industries including consumer/retail, financial services, healthcare, media, technology, and transportation.
Prior to joining Finsbury, Liz was a Managing Director and Head of the New York Office at the Glover Park Group, a Finsbury strategic partner. Previously, she was a Managing Director at Abernathy MacGregor, where she was a core member of the M& A team advising clients on cross-border transactions, unsolicited bids, activist defense, take-private transactions, and other high-profile situations. She began her career at Robinson, Lerer & Montgomery, Finsbury’s predecessor firm in the United States, where she worked for a decade. Liz holds a B.A. from Hamilton College.
BiographyMichael Mittelman specializes in creating effective strategic communications campaigns and resolving crisis communications incidents. Prior to joining Finsbury in 2015, he served as the Director of Public Affairs and Associate General Counsel for the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York where he successfully guided the organization through a series of sensitive issues. He was previously with the Berman Group, where he developed creative communications campaigns for clients in the commercial real estate and construction industries. He also worked with the Obama Administration and Obama for America campaign as a national advance associate, organizing official presidential visits around the world. Michael began his professional career in publicity at Miramax Films and later worked as an attorney at both Cahill Gordon & Reindel and Weil, Gotshal and Manges. Michael serves on the Board of Directors of the Westchester Jewish Council. Michael has a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School and a B.A. with Honors in Communication Studies from the University of Michigan. He is licensed to practice law in New York.
Louisa has over 18 years of experience in employee engagement, communication and change helping businesses effect successful transformation, transactions and strategy launches as well as business as usual, by involving and engaging their people. From defining a vision and narrative, to designing engaging implementation programmes, Louisa brings together the rational and the emotional. She has worked across most sectors including pharmaceutical, engineering, natural resources, retail and manufacturing and Government Departments and agencies.
Louisa joined Finsbury in 2019 having spent a year working independently supporting leadership teams through change. Prior to that, Louisa headed Instinctif's Engagement Consultancy team for 2 years, built and ran the Employee Practice for MSLGroup in the UK for 5 years and also spent several years in the COI working across Government on employee communication and change. She started her career in Omnicom on the prestigious Accelerate scheme and spent many years in the Group, focusing on employee engagement in different agencies.
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BiographySarah has 6 years’ investor relations experience working in in-house roles at Total and Barclays. Her IR experience includes financial and market analysis, strategic messaging, investor targeting, shareholder analysis and project management of financial publications. Prior to this Sarah began her career as an auditor at KPMG working with Property sector and Business Services clients. She has an MA Honours degree in Chinese Studies from the University of Edinburgh and has studied in Beijing.
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BiographySimon has over 20 years of communications experience spanning both public and private sectors with postings in UK, Russia, Asia and the Middle East. He started his career in the UK Finance Ministry focused on financial regulation and international policy. Upon joining Finsbury he led the financial services practice and led the firm’s work in Russia. He left the UK in 2009 to establish Finsbury’s Middle East operations, now overseeing offices in Riyadh, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Most recently Simon has been a senior advisor on a number of Saudi Arabia’s economic reform programs.
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BiographyJames joined Finsbury as a partner in 1996 and is currently Managing Partner of its London office. He has more than 20 years’ experience in financial communications and has handled a number of contested transactions, flotations and other high profile communications issues. He advises a range of major UK and international clients. James started his career as an investment banker at Dean Witter, where he qualified as a registered securities representative in both the UK and US. He has a degree in economics and politics.
BiographyChuck Nathan is a Senior Advisor with Finsbury and advises global clients on M&A, financial transactions, governance, Board issues and shareholder matters. Prior to joining Finsbury, Nathan was partner at Latham & Watkins, where he was co-head of the global M&A practice as well as co-head of the firm’s Corporate Governance Task Force. Nathan represented companies and financial advisors in many significant, high-profile mergers and acquisitions, including Roche’s acquisition of the public’s minority stake in Genentech, InBev’s acquisition of Anheuser-Busch, and LiveNation’s merger with Ticketmaster Entertainment. Nathan also previously served as a Partner with Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, and was a Managing Director and head of the Financial Institutions Mergers & Acquisitions practice at Smith Barney Inc. Nathan has been named by the National Association of Corporate Directors as one of the 100 most influential corporate governance professionals for two consecutive years. He is the renowned author of many articles on M&A and corporate governance topics, is a frequent panelist at M&A and corporate governance seminars and programs, teaches M&A at Yale Law School, and has chaired a number of bar association committees. Nathan received his B.A. from The Johns Hopkins University and his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he graduated summa cum laude. Read articles and blog posts regarding Chuck Nathan:
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BiographySydney Ann Neuhaus has more than 25 years’ experience in developing and managing strategic communications and reputation management programs. She works directly with CEOs, senior administrators, Board members and subject matter experts for Fortune 500 companies, professional associations, non-profit organizations, and academic institutions. She is experienced in helping clients manage sensitive or high-stakes situations, offering strategic counsel and support in communicating with key stakeholder audiences and the media. Prior to Finsbury, Sydney worked at FleishmanHillard, receiving the John D. Graham Award for Excellence, given to individuals who best exemplify leadership and the firm’s values. Previously, Sydney headed the PR division of Harrison & Star and worked at Edelman Public Relations, where she was a member of a Silver Anvil-winning team. Ms. Neuhaus received a B.A. in English from Cornell University, graduating with Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa honors. She sits on the Y of Greater New York’s Strong Kids Leadership Council.
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BiographyMarco was London Bureau Chief of the Italian leading financial daily Il Sole 24 Ore from 1993 to 2008. From 1987 to 1992 he was Editor at Large of International Corporate Finance. Before, he covered South Asia and the Far East and the first Gulf War in 1991. He still writes a blog for Il Sole. He has written four books: two on international finance (in 1988 on merger & acquisitions and in 1992 on privatisations), one in 2008 on the London boom during New Labour (La Nuova Londra) and an essay in 2010 on the acceleration of time in the internet era (Il Tempo Breve). He is Chairman of Arghosha Faraway Schools, an organisation that since 2004 funds the construction of schools in remote areas of Afghanistan. He has a degree in International Relations from HEI, the Graduate Institute of International Relations in Geneva, Switzerland.
BiographyCharles joined Finsbury in September 2011. He advises domestic and international clients in financial communications and reputation management. He has expertise across a range of sectors including mining, automative, aerospace and financial services. Charles’ recent special situations experience includes extensive crisis communications work with both Volkswagen and Starbucks, representing the London Metal Exchange in its sale to HKEx and working with CRH and Coca-Cola HBC through respective moves to the FTSE 100. Prior to joining Finsbury, he qualified as an ACA chartered accountant with KPMG before going on to work in the Sydney and London offices of ABN AMRO. Charles graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from University College Dublin and a Master of Accounting from The Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business. He is a dual Irish and New Zealand citizen and is a fluent French speaker.
BiographyJeremy Pelofsky is a Managing Director for Finsbury, based in Washington, DC. Most recently, Jeremy served as Vice President of Media Strategy at Ketchum, a global public relations and marketing agency that specializes in corporate and product positioning. At Ketchum, he provided counsel and support, including messaging, media strategy, engagement and media training to a range of Fortune 100 and other clients. Previously, Jeremy was a veteran journalist who spent 15 years covering all facets of news in Washington for two of the world’s largest wire services. His reporting expertise runs the gamut of government, politics and business, including the White House, Congress and national campaigns, as well as corporate news, national security, legal matters and regulations. At Reuters, Jeremy served as the legal and national security correspondent, a White House and political correspondent, U.S. media and telecommunications policy correspondent, and deputy editor for the Washington team covering company-related issues and government agencies. Before joining Reuters, Jeremy reported for Bloomberg News covering international financial institutions. He graduated from Bates College in 1997 with a B.A. in US History.
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BiographyElliott joined Finsbury in 2016 and is a Director in the Political and Regulatory team. He was previously an adviser to a number of senior Labour Party politicians, including Angela Eagle MP during her time as the Shadow Business Secretary, where he provided policy and communications advice. Elliott has also worked for a number of other MPs, supporting them with their frontbench roles and with select committee work, including Rachel Reeves MP who now chairs the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee. He started his career working for the Government Chief Whip at the National Assembly for Wales. Educated at Cardiff University, he holds a degree in economics.
BiographyGeorgia has eight years of experience in financial and corporate communications. She works with clients across a number of sectors, with a particular focus on retail and consumer industries, helping them to implement their financial calendar and corporate communications programmes. She has extensive experience in strategic consultancy, corporate reputation and crisis management and media relations. She most recently worked at Maitland where she focused on developing and executing corporate campaigns for clients such as Domino’s and SEAT. Prior to that, she worked for Bell Pottinger Middle East advising clients in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Qatar. She previously spent five years providing strategic corporate and financial communications advice to a range of UK listed, privately held and international companies in the UK.
BiographyKatharine Pitt is a Director at Finsbury, representing public and private sector clients across the EMEA region. She transferred to the Middle East in 2018 from Finsbury New York, where she spent four years primarily focused on advising companies and organizations in the financial services, media, energy and non-profit sectors. She has particular expertise in crisis management and communications, company transformations and executive transitions, capital markets transactions and pro bono advocacy, and has advised companies and governmental organizations across the United States, United Kingdom and GCC Katharine graduated from the Tuck Business Bridge Program at Dartmouth and holds a bachelor’s degree in History & Politics from New College, Oxford.
BiographyBen is responsible for running Finsbury’s operations in Asia and has extensive experience working across the region. His clients include BlackRock, Aviva, ABB, CPPIB, Allianz Global Investors, Global Switch and UBP. Before moving to Hong Kong, Ben worked out of Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Mumbai. He has advised on corporate profile raising and stakeholder engagement plans in China, cross-border acquisitions in Asia, Europe and the US, bond defaults, litigation and arbitration preparation, the redevelopment of Malaysia’s national stadium, management change, investor outreach, and share-price recovery plans. A former BBC bureau chief in Singapore, Ben ran the BBC’s flagship business TV programme in Asia and has extensive experience as a digital journalist having worked for the BBC’s website and at Bloomberg News. Ben has also created and delivered bespoke media and crisis training programmes for CEOs and top management, as well as press teams, in-house comms divisions and international news organisations. Ben graduated from Durham University (U.K.).
Sarah joined Finsbury in 2012, and leads the financial services team. Sarah advises clients, including a number of FTSE100 businesses, on a range of issues including financial calendar communications, crises and issues management and M&A. Her large retained clients include Experian, Deutsche Bank, 3i and Reckitt Benckiser. Sarah has also recently worked on the £15bn proposed Sainsbury/Asda merger and issues management projects in the music industry and food production sector. Prior to joining Finsbury, she worked in Sydney, Australia for the not-for-profit organisation Habitat for Humanity. Sarah holds a first class M.A. Honours degree in Psychology from the University of St Andrews.
BiographyRoland Rudd is Founder and Chairman of Finsbury. He is a world leader in corporate communications counsel and provides personal counsel to board members and senior executives at the most critical moments for their companies. Before founding Finsbury, he worked as a financial journalist at the Financial Times, The Sunday Correspondent and The Times, and as a policy coordinator for Lord Owen. He is Deputy Chair of the Trustees of the Tate, Trustee for Speakers for Schools, and the Bayreuth Festival. He is an ambassador for the Alzheimer's Society and the Made By Dyslexia campaign and is Chairman of the Governors of Millfield School.
BiographyArnaud Salla has more than 20 years’ experience in equity capital markets, investor relations and strategic communications. He has advised a range of French and international senior executives and financial businesses across a host of complex capital markets issues. He has handled a number of contested transactions, flotations and other high profile communications issues. Over the last few years, he has assisted French groups in building investor relations programmes, following bond and high yield issuances) for non-listed companies. Arnaud is graduated from the Political Sciences Institute and holds a Master of Business from ESCP Europe. He is a French citizen.
BiographyShe is a Director in Hong Kong and has over a decade of experience in advising private and listed companies across Europe, the Middle East and Asia. She specialises in corporate reputation, financial communications, restructuring and cross border transactions, and has worked across a range of sectors and projects. These include advising on the acquisition of Sky News by 21st Century Fox, the merger of the National Bank of Abu Dhabi and First Gulf Bank, the bid by Pfizer for AstraZeneca, the debt restructuring for Kazakhstan’s BTA Bank, the acquisition of the LME by the HKEx and advising The Jardine Matheson Group on the transfer of its subsidiaries to a standard listing on the LSE. Sheena has previously worked for Brunswick in the UK and Abu Dhabi, and in-house at Jefferies Investment Bank. She began her career in banking at Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Asset Management.
BiographyJustin joined Finsbury in September 2020 to build out the Equity Advisory business. Justin and his team bring extensive experience and understanding of investor and market behavior into a private side and confidential environment where he advises company management and Boards on all matters related to their valuation, market impact and communication as a retained advisor and to support specific events such as Capital Market Days and Activism Defence. Before joining Finsbury Justin had 17 years Equity Sales experience at Morgan Stanley, HSBC and Barclays, the last seven as Head of European Equity Sales, followed by eight years in Banking as Head of Equity Advisory Europe in 2012 and Chairman of Equity Advisory Europe in 2018 also at Barclays. Justin is on the Board of Trustees at The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education, a national charity which aims to raise the achievement of children’s reading and writing skills through teacher professional development and The Battersea Arts Centre, a community based creative hub for the arts and social enterprises
BiographyChris joined Finsbury towards the end of 2019 and works within the Financial Services team. Joining from Tesco Bank where he was Head of Communications and a member of the Tesco Group communications leadership team. He has led a number of projects challenging reputation including corporate transactions, organisational change, leadership development, national media and political campaigns, and has significant crisis management experience. Prior to Tesco Bank Chris was a founding member of the strategic communications consultancy, Charlotte Street Partners, where he supported clients across a range of industries including banking, broadcasting, food and drink, telecommunications and private equity. Beginning his career at the House of Commons working as a researcher for Angus Robertson MP, the SNP Westminster Leader. Chris graduated in history from the University of Glasgow, where he served as president of the university union.
BiographyEdward heads our London ECM practice and has worked on numerous high-profile international M&A transactions and IPOs including Nexi in Milan, Watches of Switzerland and DWF in London and La Perla in Paris. He also provides board level counsel to some of Europe’s leading corporates on preparing for financial calendar events, communicating strategy and managing media and investor relations as well as on issues arising such as corporate governance, handling crises, the arrival of a new chief executive or dealing with a campaign by activist shareholders. Edward has experience of supporting litigation and international asset recovery processes, working closely with legal teams and principals to ensure their needs are met in way that is compatible with their wider corporate communications objectives. Edward joined Finsbury in 2006 from the Business desk of the Sunday Telegraph where he was the Companies Editor. A native English speaker, Edward studied philosophy at the University of Liverpool and speaks Italian. He has post graduate qualifications in both Finance and Journalism.
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Gordon Simpson leads Finsbury’s industrial and real estate teams. Gordon advises a range of FTSE 100, FTSE 250 and private companies including British Land, Great Portland Estates, AEG, NewRiver, Assura, Greystar, Cairn Homes and Keller. His extensive communication experience includes developing and implementing clients’ strategic goals and objectives, as well as advising on a number of contested acquisitions, capital raisings and flotations. Gordon is a BSc Honours graduate from Newcastle University and a Registered Securities Representative in the UK.
BiographyCharlie Sipkins, a founding partner in Finsbury’s Los Angeles office, is a trusted advisor to executives and boards of Fortune 500 companies facing high-stakes, complex special situations, financial transactions, litigation and other strategic communications challenges. As a fierce advocate on his clients’ behalf, Charlie understands that communications can profoundly and positively impact an organization’s strategic business objectives. Some of Charlie’s current and former clients include: Adobe, USC, Lionsgate, Ring, Volkswagen, Caruso, Aecom, PIMCO, DFJ and 21st Century Fox/Newscorp. Prior to joining Finsbury, Charlie served as EVP and Chief Communications Officer of Sony Pictures Entertainment. He launched the Los Angeles office of Sard Verbinnen and has held positions at the Abernathy MacGregor Group and other communications firms. Charlie began his career as a legislative assistant for Representative Martin Olav Sabo on the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations. He earned a B.A. in political science from Syracuse University.
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BiographyKristin Smith is a Managing Director at Finsbury, specializing in strategic communications, reputation building and public affairs for clients in the automotive, education, healthcare and financial services. Prior to joining Finsbury in 2012, she worked for the New York City Comptroller’s Office serving as Special Assistant and Chief of Staff to both the Comptroller and First Deputy Comptroller. She focused on project and relationship management of the City’s five pension funds, contract administration and audit organizations as well as cross-functional projects and budget administration. Prior to the Comptroller’s Office, Kristin worked at Citigroup in Global Community Relations serving as Chief Administrative Officer, responsible for strategic planning, budget and reputation management. She has extensive experience in project management, community relations, government affairs and organizational development. Kristin holds a Master’s of Human Resources and Industrial Relations degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Saint Louis University.
BiographyJason joined Finsbury in November 2019 after working in Whitehall for more than three years, where he advised three Cabinet Ministers on media relations. Jason served in Her Majesty’s Treasury as spokesperson to the then Chief Secretary to the Treasury, where he worked on the delivery of the 2017 and 2018 Budgets. Following this, Jason served as a Special Adviser at the Department for Work and Pensions where he helped design, implement and communicate welfare and pensions reforms. Jason was also a member of then Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s Conservative Party leadership election team. His specialisms include crisis management, narrative shaping and working with high profile individuals to design and implement short, medium and long term communications strategies.
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BiographyNathalie joined Finsbury in September 2017 following two and a half years working in Government across several departments, including the Cabinet Office, 10 Downing Street, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and Department for Communities and Local Government. Previously Nathalie was Political Director and finally Deputy Director of the Conservative Friends of Israel, where she oversaw the political strategy of the organisation, along with co-ordinating campaigns and political engagement in Whitehall and Westminster. Earlier in her career she worked in the House of Commons for a Conservative Member of Parliament. Educated at the University of Warwick, Nathalie holds a degree in Politics and International Studies.
BiographyGladys joined Finsbury in 2013 with extensive experience advising corporate on reputation, M&A and crisis management. She has a decade of experience in financial journalism focused on banking, asset management and energy news. Her past and current clients include global asset managers/PE (BlackRock, Investec Asset Management, Aberdeen, Legal & General Investment Management, Europa Capital, Investec Wealth & Investment), banks (Bank of Singapore, UBP/Coutts, ICBC(Asia)) governmental bodies (Qatar Investment Authority, HM Revenue & Customs, Mayor of Moscow), listed-companies (Quintain Estates and Development, Sun Hung Kai Properties, SmarTone), medical firms (Boehringer Ingelheim, Virtus Medical) and professional bodies (Institution of Engineering and Technology, Law Society) and which stretch from the UK through Russia to East Asia. She advised in Qatar Investment Authority’s acquisition of Lifestyle International, OCBC’s acquisition of Wing Hang Bank and post communications of Union Bancaire Privée’s purchase of Coutts as well as Bank of Singapore’s acquisition of Barclays’ wealth and management business in HK/Singapore. She is also a media and reputation trainer. Previously she was a visiting fellow at the University of Oxford for which she received a Chevening Scholarship, Gladys holds an MSc in Regulation (Distinction) with a focus on financial and environmental regulations from the London School of Economics. She is currently a committee member of Finsbury Academy, which develops training within the organisation. She is fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.
BiographyNabih has been a communications and marketing consultant for over 14 years advising government entities and global corporates across the Gulf region. Nabih's communications experience includes advising the Dubai government on articulating its debt story to international investors; taking Majid Al Futtaim from a mall developer in UAE to a regional hospitality, real estate and retail conglomerate; and developing McDonald's biggest ever transparency platform. Nabih is also a media integration expert, aligning communications with long-term SEO objectives and driving messaging across online, offline and social media. A Lebanese national, Nabih is fluent in English and Arabic. He holds a Bachelor's degree from Notre Dame University.
BiographyDisa joined Finsbury in August 2018. She is a corporate communication strategy and media relations expert with over eight years of experience. Disa specializes in advising public and private sector clients in Saudi Arabia and the UAE on how to engage global audiences and build long-term brand equity with their stakeholder groups. Since joining Finsbury, Disa has provided strategic counsel and executed communication campaigns for the Saudi Arabian Mining Co. (Ma’aden); the National Industrial Development and Logistics Program (NIDLP) and the Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA). Prior to joining Finsbury, Disa was embedded as an advisor with the Renewable Energy Project Development Office (REPDO) in Riyadh, where she developed and executed all press office and stakeholder engagement activities for the National Renewable Energy Program (NREP) from April 2017 to July 2018. Disa is a Swedish national who holds a BA in Rhetoric.
BiographyJames is a Managing Director at Finsbury who joined in 2013 from The Independent and Evening Standard, where he was the retail and leisure correspondent for five years. He co-leads the consumer team in London and has significant experience of financial communications, M&A, crises, and corporate and leadership positioning. His existing and previous clients include Yoox Net-A-Porter (YNAP), Asda (Walmart), Home Retail Group, Marks & Spencer, Greystar, NewRiver REIT, Assura and Eurostar. His capital markets experience includes: Sainsbury’s acquisition of Home Retail Group; the merger between Yoox and Net-A-Porter, and subsequent Richemont takeover of YNAP; Lone Star Real Estate Fund IV’s purchase of Quintain; and Post Holdings’ acquisition of Weetabix. Before he joined The Independent in 2008, he was news editor at the trade paper Retail Week, where he spent nearly three years. He graduated from Warwick University.
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BiographyMichael has a decade of experience in financial and corporate communications, advising clients operating predominantly in the financial services sector. His current clients include Alliance Trust, BA Pensions, Intesa Sanpaolo and KKR. Outside the financials sector, Michael works with FTSE 100 businesses J Sainsbury and Experian Plc and was also a part of the team that advised on Verizon Communications’ $130bn acquisition of Vodafone’s stake in Verizon Wireless. Prior to joining Finsbury in 2012, Michael was a Director at global communications agency, Kreab Gavin Anderson, where he advised businesses including CME Group, BGC Partners and Investor AB. Michael has an Honours degree in history from the LSE and a First Class Master’s Degree in management from the University of London.
BiographyAnjali joined Finsbury in 2008 and co-leads the Consumer team. She specialises in financial, corporate and crisis communications for FTSE 100, FTSE 250 and private clients. Her retained clients include Taylor Wimpey, Walgreens Boots Alliance, Dr. Martens, Bridgepoint, Travelodge and Hays. Her transactional experience includes Comcast’s acquisition of Sky, Takeda’s acquisition of Shire, the merger of Ahold and Delhaize, and the merger of Alliance Boots and Walgreens. Prior to joining Finsbury, Anjali was a Senior Associate at Deloitte. She is a part-qualified Chartered Accountant and holds an Honours degree in Management Studies from the University of Nottingham.
BiographyHumza has been with Finsbury since 2010 – joining in London, then moving to Singapore in 2014 to develop the firm’s business in Southeast Asia, and returning to London in October 2016. He has experience advising on high profile transactions, reputation building campaigns and crises in London and Southeast Asia. In terms of reputational building campaigns, Humza has advised companies such as Ola, KPMG, Starbucks, Singapore Exchange (SGX) and Centrica. His recent transaction experience includes Advent’s acquisition of Cobham, Takeda’s acquisition of Shire, Nexi’s IPO and Noble’s debt-for-equity restructuring. His clients have also included Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), Foxconn, 3i, Terra Firma, Experian, Alliance Trust, Activision and Air Liquide. Humza graduated with Honours from the University of Nottingham, where he studied Business Management.
BiographyEric Wachter, a Director in Finsbury’s Washington, DC office, provides strategic counsel and develops sound communications solutions in crisis and issues management, litigation, government investigations, and public policy and regulatory matters. Previously, Eric worked as an attorney at King & Spalding LLP, where he specialized in strategies to solve complex problems and tell clients’ stories in litigation and government affairs. His litigation practice focused on high-exposure consumer fraud, product liability, toxic tort, commercial, and administrative cases, including class actions and attorney general actions. He also worked in government advocacy and public policy, helping to guide clients through Congressional and other governmental investigations; appellate practice; and crisis management. Additionally, he served as Associate Director of the Anti-Defamation League’s Washington, DC regional office, where his portfolio included communications and media relations, government advocacy, and operations in three states and the District of Columbia. Eric received a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. in Ethics, Politics, and Economics from Yale University. He served as law clerk to the Honorable Gerald Bard Tjoflat of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He is a member of the Bars of Georgia and the District of Columbia.
BiographyBen Waldron is a Director at Finsbury. Before re-joining Finsbury, Ben oversaw the content operation at Sprinklr, a leading customer experience software company. Ben served as the lead writer for Sprinklr — handling blogs, case studies, and web copy & ad copy — and was the project manager for The World’s Most Influential CMOs 2018, a report the company developed in partnership with Forbes and LinkedIn.
Prior to working at Sprinklr, Ben was at strategic communications firm Joele Frank, where he supported multiple Fortune 500 companies on M&A and shareholder activism issues. Ben began his career at Finsbury, working on crisis and reputational issues on behalf of leading financial institutions, automakers, healthcare companies, and public organizations. Ben received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Tufts University.