Michael Fein joins Okapi Partners as Senior Managing Director
– Leading Proxy Solicitation Firm Hires Experienced Asset Management Executive to Capitalize on Surge in Investor Activism, Growing Opportunities to Advise Corporate Boards and Shareholders –
NEW YORK, March 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Okapi Partners LLC, a leading proxy solicitation and investor response firm that advises corporations, institutional investors and mutual fund companies, announced it has named Michael Fein as a Senior Managing Director to lead business development efforts as opportunities to advise clients, especially in transaction campaigns and activist situations, continue to grow.
“We are seeing a growing demand for our services from public companies and activist investors and Michael’s tremendous network of relationships with corporate management teams, institutional investors and top-tier service providers will benefit Okapi’s clients and provide a unique and invaluable investor perspective in guiding strategy and generating results,” said Bruce H. Goldfarb, President and CEO of Okapi Partners.
Prior to joining Okapi Partners, Mr. Fein was a principal and founder of Midway Management Partners, a private investment firm that invested over $500 million and raised capital from institutional and individual investors through an international multi-fund platform. He successfully orchestrated numerous restructurings and turnarounds over the last two decades and has sourced and structured more than 350 transactions. He has also assisted in building several businesses through board positions with some of Midway’s portfolio companies.
“The need for effective proxy solicitors like Okapi Partners has never been greater as shareholders have taken an increased interest in corporate governance and have become more involved in board elections. At the same time, corporations are seeking deeper information about their shareholder base and advice on how best to achieve their support,” said Mr. Fein.
“I’m excited to be joining Okapi Partners as they continue growing their business.” Mr. Fein began his career with Prudential Asset Management Company and served as Director of Marketing for PAMCO’s autonomous subsidiary, Matrix Capital Management. He later traded equity derivatives as a Member of the American Stock Exchange and served as Portfolio Manager of a technology-focused fund. Mr. Fein holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics with a concentration in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
About Okapi Partners LLC
Okapi Partners is a strategic proxy solicitation and investor response firm providing a full range of solicitation and information agent services, as well as related consultation and advice to clients. The firm represents corporations, mutual funds, private equity firms, hedge funds and institutional investors and provides them with superior intellectual capital, industry relationships and execution capabilities. Okapi Partners combines expertise with a fresh, energetic approach.
Clients can expect to work with the firm in developing and guiding their solicitation and response campaign from beginning to end. Well versed in the markets and prepared for any contingency that might arise during an assignment, Okapi Partners provides our clients the ability to respond thoughtfully and effectively. Experience working hand-in-hand with clients and their advisors allows the firm to deliver optimal outcomes for clients. In 2013, Okapi Partners provided investor response advice on some of the most noteworthy campaigns of the year, including The Clinton Group in a campaign at Stillwater Mining Company, Elliott Management in a campaign at Hess Corporation, GlenView Capital in a campaign at Health Management Associates, OTK Associates in a campaign at Morgans Hotel Group, Silver Lake Partners’ acquisition of Dell Inc., Smithfield Foods sale to Shuanghui International and Starboard Value LP in a campaign at Office Depot Inc. Additional information is available at www.okapipartners.com.