Spotlight Advisors

Our Experience

We have been involved in scores of critical situations

Some of our past work...

 

LARGE-CAP COMPANIES

  • Advising Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer of large distribution company as it faced demands from well-known activist for separation of business unit; proactive moves led activist to stand down
     
  • Providing advice to Chief Executive and Chief Financial Officer of a leading industrial company on strategic changes in advance of a critical earnings call, resulting in the successful launch of a new capital allocation approach and an increased stock price, despite disappointing operating results
     
  • Coordinating and providing strategic advice to the independent directors of a large-cap company regarding the disclosure, financial and regulatory implications of substantial shareholder and governmental lawsuits and investigations occurring simultaneously
     
  • Advising a leading natural resources company as it faced activism from a former Board member
     
  • Providing advice to leading industry company as it faced an activist campaign led by an extremely aggressive activist investor

 



MID-CAP COMPANIES

  • Advising Chief Executive Officer and General Counsel of industrial company facing a proxy fight and capital structure demands from a well-known activist; helped negotiate a settlement involving a single director
     
  • Advising Lead Independent Director and Chief Executive Officer in defense of proxy fight at consumer technology company, including recruiting new directors and modifying capital allocation priorities, leading to winning the proxy contest overwhelmingly at the ballot box
     
  • Providing advice to the Board and significant private-equity backer of a consumer products company facing a coordinated activism effort from three hedge funds, helping to resolve the matter with a single Board seat
     
  • Providing advice to the Chief Executive of a financial services firm that had cumulative voting and faced an activist seeking majority control of the company
     
  • Advising the Chief Executive of a business process outsourcing firm as it considered its capital allocation, capital structure and potential vulnerability to activism
     
  • Advising the Chief Executive of a well-performing consumer facing company that was engaged with an activist seeking immediate appointment of three nominees to the Board


SMALL-CAP COMPANIES

  • Guiding Chief Executive Officer in responding to shareholder nominations and unfavorable say-on-pay result from prior year; helped to recruit new directors and modify governance and compensation programs, ultimately settling with activist investor in exchange for a press release quote
     
  • Assisting a founder-CEO interact with an aggressive shareholder activist and dissention on the Board
     
  • Advising the Independent Chairman and Special Committee of a services company as they engaged with an activist shareholder and interacted with several directors on the Board that were sympathetic to the activists
     
  • Counselling the Chairman and General Counsel of a consumer facing company as it conducted a strategic alternatives process, recruited a new CEO and engaged with three separate shareholder activists, simultaneously
  • Advising the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer of technology company on activist vulnerability after several activist investors approached the company during investor conferences; developed a responsive agenda
     
  • Advising the Board of a technology company facing an aggressive activist that challenged the ethics of the directors and sought majority control of the company
     
  • Advising the Chief Executive and Board of a real estate company with a large mutual fund investor seeking a sale of the business to provide the fund liquidity; helped successfully defend the Board in two proxy fights

 

OWNERS

  • Advised prominent investor that had more than $1 billion invested in transportation company during negotiations with Board that led to a change in Board composition and settlement of disputes
     
  • Served as strategic advisor to investment institution with more than $200 billion in capital as it launched its first-ever proxy fight; provided advice on settlement, communications, solicitation and strategy that led to successful election of each of the investor’s nominees to the Board
     
  • Advised ultra high-net worth individual on large and underperforming position in hospitality sector, successfully recruiting a director and convincing company to seat the director to help the company reconsider its strategy and operations
     
  • Assisted large fund with a $400 million investment in a company undertaking a large acquisition of peer that the investor opposed
     
  • Counseled ultra high-net worth individual with a $2 billion stake in a prominent public company facing compliance and regulatory issues; helped refresh the Board and leadership team
     
  • Advised well-known hedge fund as it promoted a capital structure change to a mega-cap company in which it had invested more than $1 billion
     
  • Advised family office on a large investment in the distribution sector as the investor called for changes in strategy and Board composition, ultimately leading to a sale of the Company
     
  • Advised small hedge fund on an investment in a financial services company with accounting and operational performance challenges, leading to Board composition and Board leadership changes