Sard Verbinnen & Co provides strategic communications advice and services to help clients manage overall positioning and specific events affecting their reputation, business, and market value. We work on behalf of multinational corporations, smaller public and private companies, investment firms, professional services firms, educational and cultural institutions, and high-profile individuals.
Our firm is recognized for delivering thoughtful and candid strategic advice, excellent written product and tactical execution, and tireless advocacy on behalf of our clients. SVC is distinguished by our strong relationships and credibility with the media and deep understanding of the business, investment and thought leadership communities. These attributes are integral to the firm’s ability to help clients successfully manage challenging matters and communicate effectively.
SVC’s Chairman & CEO George Sard and President Paul Verbinnen caught up with M&A journalist Alex Sherman on Bloomberg Television regarding recent trends, market activity and the business of providing strategic communications counsel.
SVC advised SoftBank Group Corp. in announcing its first major close of the SoftBank Vision Fund and early investments in Plenty (AgTech) and Brain Corp (AI/robotics).
SVC has critical expertise in helping companies prepare for and communicate about a wide range of cybersecurity matters. Our team includes former cybersecurity lawyers, IT security engineers, government officials and private-sector senior executives. SVC’s communications services include everything from preparing for and responding to a live situation to post-incident recovery and litigation.
SVC advised the Board of Directors of Wells Fargo & Company on its high-profile independent investigation into the Company’s retail banking sales practices and related matters. The process culminated in a 110-page report that was released to the public and included executive compensation clawbacks that are among the largest in corporate history.
SVC has established a presence in Asia with the opening of a full-service Hong Kong office. The firm has also opened a new office in Houston, Texas.
SVC provided strategic communications counsel to BD on its agreement to acquire Bard for a total consideration of $24 billion. The combination will create a highly differentiated medical technology company focused on delivering innovative healthcare solutions to improve clinical and economic outcomes.
SGA is a partnership dedicated to advising Boards of Directors and corporate executives on a range of governance issues important to institutional investors – and to helping secure the support of shareholders for the company’s strategic objectives.
SVC advised Nikon Corporation on its cross-border intellectual property litigation against ASML and its optical component supplier Carl Zeiss.
SVC provided strategic communications counsel to Pandora regarding SiriusXM’s $480 million investment in the company, and Pandora’s $200 million sale of TicketFly to Eventbrite.
Through our wholly owned subsidiary, ARC Research, SVC employs the latest in primary research methodologies and tactics, including focus groups, 1:1 interviews, ethnographic research, surveys, polls and statistical analysis, to uncover what is driving attitudes and behaviors. ARC’s professionals draw from diverse backgrounds in social science and business, with over two decades of experience.
SVC provides full service video message development and production capabilities, facilitated by its in-house video studio. SVC has produced videos for clients on various subject matter including: merger announcements, roadshows, IPOs, CEO succession, issues advocacy, activism defense, proxy advocacy, product introductions, company milestones, thought leadership and public outreach.