Join NACD Atlanta and the Southeastern Chapter of the Society for Corporate Governance on Tuesday, June 12, 2018, beginning at 5:00 PM. In a panel moderated by Courtney Kamlet, Vice President & Program Chair, Society for Corporate Governance Southeastern Chapter, representatives from NACD, King & Spalding, Okapi Partners, and Joele Frank will present their views on crisis management and how best to respond when things go wrong.
Board Member and Advisor with a proven track record in delivering tangible results by functioning as a change agent and strategic sounding board to Senior Management. Highly skilled at streamlining operations, maximizing profits, attracting and retaining top talent, primarily for fiscally strong or underachieving companies. Extensive experience in growing both Multinational and Entrepreneurial technology, service, and human capital intensive businesses.
Specialties: CEO, Advisor, Board Member, Executive Search, Change Management, Talent Development, Multinational Leadership Development, P&L Management, and Turnarounds.
Bruce Goldfarb is Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Okapi Partners. He works closely with a wide range of clients including corporations, mutual funds, activist investors and shareholder groups as well as private equity sponsors and hedge funds, in solicitation and investor response campaigns. He focuses on proxy solicitation strategy, execution for mergers and acquisitions, proxy fights and other extraordinary transactions.
Prior to establishing Okapi Partners, Bruce was the Senior Managing Director and General Counsel of Georgeson Inc. (now a subsidiary of Computershare Limited), where he headed the Global M&A Advisory Group.
Before entering the proxy solicitation business, Bruce was a Senior Vice President of the investment management firm, Scudder, Stevens & Clark, now a part of Deutsche Bank’s Asset Management unit. He joined Scudder as a member of the Legal Department where he concentrated on transactions, including those involving mergers and acquisitions, international matters, alternative investment vehicles, off-shore funds and closed-end funds. Bruce also served as an executive officer of various closed-end funds advised by Scudder. He was the Chairman of Scudder’s Proxy Review Committee and served as the point person for the Scudder Funds proxy solicitation effort relating to the acquisition of Scudder by Zurich Financial Services Group.
Bruce began his career as an attorney at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, where he worked for more than six years, specializing in corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, securities transactions and international matters.
Bruce holds a J.D. from the Columbia University School of Law. He also earned a B.A. in the History of Art from the University of Pennsylvania concurrently with a B.S. Economics with a concentration in Finance, from the Wharton School.
Jim provides communications counsel for clients across a wide spectrum of industries, with a particular focus on the financial services sector. Situations range from friendly mergers and acquisitions, unsolicited approaches, dissident shareholder campaigns, proxy contests, earnings restatements, bankruptcies and restructurings, litigation support and other special situations.
Financial Services: Clients include AEGON; Bancorp Rhode Island; Cantor Fitzgerald; Central Pacific Financial; Comerica; Citizens Republic Bancorp; Deutsche Bank; First Niagara; Independence Community Bank; PFF Bancorp; PNC; South Financial Group; Sovereign/Santander; SunTrust; SWS Group; Synovus; TIAA-CREF; and Whitney Holding Corp, among others.
M&A: Rayonier's separation of its Performance Fibers business; Clearwire’s acquisition by Sprint; LINN Energy/LinnCo’s acquisition of Berry Petroleum; Citizen Republic Bancorp’s acquisition by FirstMerit Corp.; Catalyst Health Solutions’ acquisition by SXC Health Solutions; Alexander & Baldwin’s separation of its Matson business; Ralcorp’s defense against ConAgra’s unsolicited acquisition proposal; ACI Worldwide’s acquisition of S1 Corp.; Bancorp Rhode Island’s sale to Brookline Bancorp; Whitney Holding’s merger with Hancock Holding; AGL Resources’ merger with Nicor; CommScope’s merger with The Carlyle Group; Airgas’ defense against Air Products’ unsolicited acquisition proposal; NRG Energy’s defense against Exelon’s unsolicited acquisition proposal; and PNC’s acquisition of National City.
Shareholder Activism: Herbalife (Bill Ackman); AeroVironment (Engaged); Volcano (Engaged); Ferro (FrontFour, Quinpario); State Street (Trian); Progress Software (Starboard); JAKKS Pacific (Oaktree, Clinton Group); KT&G (Carl Icahn).
Restructuring & Bankruptcy: USEC; Savient Pharmaceuticals; Barneys New York; Dynegy; MGM MIRAGE; Chemtura; Pierre Foods; Mervyns; Greatwide Logistics; The Mills; and Krispy Kreme Doughnut.
I’ve represented both issuers and underwriters in connection with initial and secondary public offerings, "shelf" offerings, “at-the-market” offerings and Rule 144A offerings. I’ve also handled numerous tender offers, consent solicitations and other liability management transactions. I have significant experience in advising public companies on SEC reporting and disclosure requirements, corporate governance issues and other corporate/securities matters. I also represent public companies and sponsors in public and private merger and acquisition transactions with an aggregate value in excess of $9 billion. My clients and transactions have spanned a number of industries, including retail, consumer products, real estate, life sciences, technology, manufacturing and banking.
I spent my years as an Associate gaining experience on a broad range of capital markets and M&A transactions. I also worked with a significant number of publicly held companies on governance and securities matters.
Ms. Kamlet is Senior Corporate Counsel of Syneos Health, Inc. (NASDAQ: SYNH) Prior to joining Syneos Health in February 2015, Ms. Kamlet was Senior Corporate Counsel of Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. (NYSE: FIS) from May 2014 through February 2015 and Senior Attorney – Legal and Business of Arbitron Inc. (formerly NYSE: ARB) from May 2009 through November 2013. Ms. Kamlet was an associate at two large DC firms from 2004 – 2007 and previously served as an Attorney-Adviser in the Division of Corporation Finance at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Ms. Kamlet has a J.D. degree (2001) and B.S. degree (1998) from the University of Florida. She is a member of the DC, Florida and Virginia Bar Associations and serves as the Secretary for the Society for Corporate Governance’s Policy Advisory Committee and Vice President, Program Chair for the Southeastern Chapter.