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February 11, 2016

Okapi Partners Ranked in Top Tier of Proxy Solicitation Firms in Global Shareholder Activism Scorecard

Okapi Partners Ranked in Top Tier of Proxy Solicitation Firms in Global Shareholder Activism Scorecard

– Record number of activist campaigns launched in 2015, according to Thomson Reuters report –

NEW YORK, Feb. 11, 2016 – Okapi Partners LLC, a leading independent provider of proxy solicitation and investor response services and corporate governance advice to corporations, institutional investors and mutual fund companies, is pleased to announce it advised more activist investors in 2015 than any other proxy solicitation firm, according to Thomson Reuters Global Shareholder Activism Scorecard. Okapi ranked second overall for total number of campaigns among all proxy solicitors surveyed.

Okapi worked on a total of 34 campaigns last year, including 25 in which it advised activist investors and 9 in which it advised companies being targeted by activists, according to the report. In 2015, the number of shareholder activist campaigns was the highest on record with a total of 507 campaigns, an increase of 73.6% over 2014 and 28% over the previous high in 2012, according to Thomson Reuters. View the full scorecard here.

“Shareholder activism continues to evolve and both corporations and activist investors need solid advice on how to wage effective campaigns that communicate their long-term value proposition to the market,” said Bruce H. Goldfarb, President and CEO of Okapi Partners. “Our work on activist campaigns as well as on uncontested annual meetings, M&A, bankruptcy solicitations, tender offers and mutual fund solicitations has given our team unique insights into how different types of investors think and behave. We use these insights to create highly-effective campaigns for our clients across the globe.”

In 2015, Okapi has worked with over 100 clients including Aramark Corp., Crocs Inc., Danaher Corp., Darden Restaurants, Dell Corp., Elliott Management, Exor s.p.a., Flowers Foods Inc., mutual funds managed by Fred Alger Management and Neuberger Berman, Newmont Mining Corp., Noble Energy Inc., Ralph Lauren Corp., Royal Caribbean International, Sandell Asset Management, Starboard Value, Teradata Corp., Tupperware Brands Corp., and Weatherford International.

About Okapi Partners LLC

Founded in 2008, 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. Additional information is available at www.okapipartners.com. Follow Okapi Partners on Twitter @OkapiPartners.