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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 advised Starwood Hotels & Resorts on its acquisition by Marriott International, in a deal that creates the world’s largest hotel company, with 1.1 million rooms, over 5,500 hotels and 30 brands in more than 100 countries on six continents.
SVC supported Alibaba on its record-breaking 11.11 Global Shopping Festival, an annual shopping day held on November 11. During the 24-hour festival, Alibaba facilitated $14.3 billion in gross merchandise volume on its China and international marketplaces, making it the largest shopping day in history and surpassing the previous record set by Alibaba in 2014. In celebration of the 2015 event, Alibaba rang the New York Stock Exchange’s Opening Bell remotely from Beijing.
In October 2015, SVC advised SanDisk Corporation on its acquisition by Western Digital in a cash-and-stock transaction valued at $19 billion.
SVC advised Didi Kuaidi, China’s largest ridesharing and transportation platform, on the announcement of its strategic partnership with San Francisco-based rideshare company Lyft. The partnership includes a $100 million investment in Lyft, as well as a technology collaboration that will enable both companies’ users to seamlessly access local transportation services from their native applications when traveling abroad in the U.S. and China.
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 last week of June 2015.
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 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.