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 donated professional business attire to charitable organizations that strive to prepare men and women to enter the workforce. The clothing donated by SVC will help provide job applicants with added confidence during interviews, allowing for stronger first impressions on potential employers.
With M&A activity in the first half of 2015 reaching levels not seen since 2007, SVC advised on seven transactions valued at more than $85 billion announced the week of June 29.
SVC advised Danaher Corporation on communications regarding its proposed acquisition of Pall Corporation for a total enterprise value of approximately $13.8 billion, and its simultaneous announcement of its intention to separate into two independent, publicly traded companies.
SVC advised Alexion Pharmaceuticals on communications related to its proposed acquisition of Synageva, in a transaction valued at approximately $8.4 billion. The combination would strengthen Alexion’s global leadership in developing and commercializing transformative therapies for patients with devastating and rare diseases.
SVC has been named M&A Advisor’s PR Firm of the Year for 2014
SVC advised RockTenn on its combination with MeadWestvaco to create a leading global provider of consumer and corrugated packaging, in a transaction with a combined equity value of $16 billion.
SVC is providing strategic communications counsel to MetLife on its legal challenge of the Financial Stability Oversight Council’s designation of the Company as a non-bank systemically important financial institution (SIFI)
SVC advised PartnerRe on its announced merger with AXIS Capital and XL Group on its proposed acquisition of Catlin Group Limited, transactions valued at more than $15 billion in the insurance sector.
SVC CEO George Sard recently joined a panel of experts on shareholder activism at the Silicon Valley Directors’ Exchange at Stanford Law School. The panel focused on recent trends in activism, including how any public company can be the target of an activist hedge fund.
SVC Managing Director, Jonathan Doorley, recently participated in a panel discussion entitled “Activists in the Shadows” at Bloomberg’s offices in London. The panel examined past and current drivers of shareholder activism in the U.S., U.K. and Europe. A Bloomberg News article on the panel discussion can be accessed here.
In support of Alibaba Group’s historic initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange, SVC provided strategic communications and media relations counsel for the company’s IPO filing process, investor roadshow and public listing on
September 19, 2014.
To build SoftBank’s brand awareness among key regulators and policy makers in support of its investment in Sprint, SVC designed and placed digital, print and outdoor ads around Washington DC.