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M&A, Activism & Special Situations Advisory Services

M&A Advisory Services, Activism and Special Situations

Data driven expert advisory services to support investor relations, corporate boards, executives and corporate secretaries during public takeovers, mergers, activism attacks or special situations.

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Financial Services

Data driven expert advisory solutions to support investor relations, corporate boards, executives, and corporate secretaries during public takeovers , mergers, activism attacks and special situations

Our global M&A and special situations teams advise executives on friendly and hostile transactions to support them in tactical and strategic decisions to achieve market support. Our team helps identify vulnerabilities and risks based on clients’ unique ownership structures. We use our data driven market intelligence to project investor behaviour, advise on shareholder movements and acceptance levels, we track beneficial owners and their tender behaviour as well as monitor lending and short lending levels.

In contentious campaigns our team leverages direct relationship to the buy side, including merger arbs, hedge funds, trading desks to understand market sentiment and support levels. We understand research signals, index composition dependencies, retail ownership impact and cost base to project transaction outcome and advise executives and their deal teams on tactical and strategic decisions in order to engage with the correct stakeholders in the right form, at the right time.

M&A Advisory, Shareholder Activism & Special Situations

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Reza Eftekhari

Reza is an expert in special situations and leads our activism practice in Europe as well as advises clients on their shareholder sensitivities, whether it be in relation to deal support, ESG and corporate governance sensitivities, ESG activism or general meeting preparation.He previously worked at Morrow Sodali as a Director and was responsible for the UK market. He has held key managerial positions within shareholder advisory and consultancy businesses in London including 6 years at Georgeson and 4 years at D.F. King. Since 2007, he has contributed to the success of a large number of high-profile UK and cross-border M&A transactions that were implemented via scheme of arrangement or public tender offers. These deals include the takeover of Liverpool and Manchester City FCs, Lloyds/HBOS, Kraft/Cadbury, British Airways/Iberia, Shell/BG Group, Takeda/Shire and Visa/Earthport. He has also managed and executed a large number of activist mandates, shareholder engagement campaigns and corporate governance projects on behalf of some of the most notable FTSE100 and 250 companies. In 2016 he completed his Executive MBA at the Imperial College Business School in London.

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Atsushi Matsunaga

Mr. Matsunaga focuses on analyzing and advising APAC and Japanese issuers on governance risks leading up to contentious proxy campaign situations through an ESG, M&A, and governance lens.He has over 20 years of experience in the corporate governance advisory service industry of Japan. Prior to joining IHS Markit in Summer 2020, Mr. Matsunaga spent 12 years as a corporate governance consultant including board evaluations and the proxy voting simulation at IR Japan. Before that, he had provided IR consulting services at IR Japan. Mr. Matsunaga earned his bachelor's degree in Economics at Meiji Gakuin. He is a CMA (Certified Member Analyst of the Securities Analysts Association of Japan) charterholder. Mr. Matsunaga worked with some clients on proxy businesses, such as Nomura Holdings (JPN), Sanrio (JPN) , Tsukasa Corporation (JPN) and LG Chem (KOR).

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Andreas Posavac

Mr. Posavac runs a global team that supports companies and their C-suite and Investor Relations teams as well as their banking and legal advisers with market intelligence, risk analytics and advisory services focused on institutional investors in the lead up to M&A transactions, general meetings or special situations. His team also works with companies to develop a coherent ESG and engagement strategy to follow legal and industry best practice standards and take advantage of the opportunities in sustainable investments and increased ESG integration. Mr. Posavac has deep knowledge of the ESG and corporate governance sensitivities of institutional investors, their relationships to external advisors as proxy advisory and ESG rating firms and can help stakeholders better understand how to address governance and ESG in order to have the greatest impact in minimizing risks and maximizing opportunities in the current capital markets landscape.

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Shinichi Ina

Shinichi started his business career at Mizuho, one of the biggest commercial banks in Japan, in which Shinichi worked closely with manageme

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