Advised on transactions valued at more than
billion in 2016
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 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.
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 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 Avaya regarding its decision to file voluntary petitions to restructure under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.
SGA is a new 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.
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’s proprietary internal training programs ensure our clients get best-in-class transaction communications service and advice from our professionals.
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.
SVC advised Samsung Electronics on its pending cross-border acquisition of HARMAN Industries. The transaction accelerates Samsung’s growth in the attractive automotive and connected technologies markets.
SVC advised Medivation in connection with its hostile defense against the consent solicitation launched by Sanofi, and subsequently in connection with its agreement to be acquired by Pfizer Inc. in a deal valued at more than $14 billion.
SVC advised Tesla on its acquisition of SolarCity in all-stock transaction valued at $2.6 billion. The combination creates the world’s only vertically integrated sustainable energy company.
SVC supports Alibaba on its Global Shopping Festival, an annual event held in November. In a 24-hour period, Alibaba facilitated $17.8 billion in gross merchandise volume on its China and international marketplaces, making it the largest shopping day in history and surpassing its previous record.
SVC developed and is executing a geographically and demographically targeted advertising campaign for Takata Corporation utilizing digital and mobile platforms, digital billboards, and digital & terrestrial radio. The campaign is designed to raise consumer awareness and increase repair rates on the current automotive airbag inflator recall, the largest and most complex safety recall in U.S. history.
SVC worked alongside other All Souls and New York Cares volunteers to serve meals at the All Souls soup kitchen in a restaurant-style setting, and assisted with clean-up efforts following meal service.
SVC advised United Airlines regarding the settlement of a proxy contest waged by Altimeter Capital Management, L.P. and PAR Capital Management, Inc.