NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kingsdale Advisors, the leading advisor to public companies on all shareholder, governance, and transaction related matters, announces it has named Michael Fein as Executive Vice President, Head of U.S. Operations. Mr. Fein will be responsible for the continued growth of Kingsdale’s U.S. office and provide strategic advice to a growing roster of clients on matters related to activism, mergers and acquisitions, governance, and other special situations.
“When we opened our U.S. office as part of our drive to build our global platform, we made a commitment to fill a key gap in the market – a focus on delivering unparalleled results while exceeding our clients’ customer service expectations,” said Wes Hall, Executive Chairman and Founder of Kingsdale Advisors. “For 15 years, issuers and investors have chosen Kingsdale as their strategic advisor of choice because of our unmatched experience, superior capabilities, and track record of success. Michael is an important further extension of our expertise in the U.S. market.”
Mr. Fein was most recently a Senior Managing Director at Okapi Partners LLC where he established himself as a trusted source of strategic advice for both issuers and investors, having played key roles on numerous high-profile proxy contests and contested M&A transactions.
“We entered the U.S. because we recognized the opportunity to provide our in-depth shareholder advisory and corporate governance services to a broader market. The addition of Michael to our team is key to our strategy of providing superior advice and execution capability to management and boards in a vast array of situations including activism and M&A, as well as those pursuing best-in-class governance practices,” said Amy Freedman, Chief Executive Officer.
Mr. Fein brings over two decades of leadership and value creation experience as founder and president of a private investment firm, where he invested over $500 million and actively sourced and structured over 350 investments. Mr. Fein holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics with a concentration in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
“Over the years I have seen a growing need for the expertise Kingsdale provides and how clients’ expectations have evolved. Witnessing the wide range of services Kingsdale offers and the superior capabilities they bring to the table, I look forward to helping Kingsdale further raise the bar in this market,” said Mr. Fein.
Mr. Fein’s addition follows the appointment of Victor Guo earlier this year, who joined Kingsdale Advisors as Executive Vice President, Governance Special Situations, from Institutional Shareholder Services where he was Vice President of M&A and Proxy Contest Research for the U.S. and Canadian special situations research teams.
About Kingsdale Advisors:
With offices in Toronto and New York, Kingsdale Advisors is the leading advisor to public companies on all shareholder, governance, and transaction related matters having acted on the largest and highest profile proxy fights, transactions, and other special situations. Since 2003, public companies across North America have looked to the expertise of Kingsdale Advisors to secure the success of transactions or resolutions driven by shareholder votes. Kingsdale Advisors’ multidisciplinary team offers an array of specialized services focused on strategic and defensive advisory, governance advisory, strategic communications, and voting analytics.