NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC (AST) announced today that its affiliate, AST Fund Solutions, LLC, has completed its acquisition of D.F. King & Co., Inc. (D.F. King) and its operating businesses. This is another milestone in the company’s growth plan, as the combined company offers leading issuer and shareholder services across North America and Europe.
The acquisition brings new capabilities and synergies to AST and its clients. With operation centers in Europe and North America, the addition of D.F. King allows AST to provide clients with enhanced solutions for strategic counsel in proxy contests and communications services.
D.F. King, a market leader for issuer and shareholder services, will be integrated with ASTOne™ over the next several months. The combined business offers a broad array of specialized advisory services, including proxy solicitation, corporate governance, contested situations and corporate actions.
“The D.F. King brand as a new division of AST has significant benefits for our clients,” said Mark C. Healy, CEO and President of AST. “We look forward to bringing our capabilities and technological advantages to a broader audience in the global market for corporate and mutual fund services.”
AST and its affiliates in the Link Group network are leading providers of registry services and technology to financial market participants around the globe. AST and its affiliate, CST Trust Company (CST), form the North American division of the Link Group. Together AST and CST provide comprehensive stock transfer and employee plan services to more than 8,000 public issues and over 5.5 million shareholders. The division serves clients located throughout North America and in over 22 foreign countries, ranging in size from initial public offerings to Fortune 100 companies.
ASTOne integrates the expertise of AST Fund Solutions, AST Phoenix Advisors and AST Ownership Intelligence through a comprehensive proxy solicitation, investor relations and corporate governance consulting service offering. AST is the only transfer agent providing issuers with these integrated services at an operational level.
About D. F. King & Co., Inc.
Founded in 1942, D.F. King boasts industry-recognized expertise in proxy contests, tender offers and exchange offers for corporate control. For over 70 years, D.F. King has been one of the leading and most trusted providers of proxy and other stakeholder services in the U.S. Today, we are one of the leading proxy solicitation providers in the mutual fund industry.