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November 7, 2014

Tony Vecchio Joins Okapi Partners as a Managing Director

Veteran corporate advisor and proxy solicitor joins Okapi’s growing senior team

NEW YORK, Nov. 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 Tony Vecchio as a Managing Director to work for the firm’s growing list of corporate clients involved in proxy contests, mergers, tender offers and other investor response campaigns. His appointment follows the hiring of Michael Fein in March and Jon Einsidler in May, as a member of Okapi’s senior management team.

“Tony has been a trusted advisor to public companies for nearly three decades and his experience as a successful proxy solicitor will benefit our clients immensely,” said Bruce H. Goldfarb, President and CEO of Okapi Partners. “Since Okapi Partners’ founding in 2008, we have been dedicated to attracting the most talented and experienced professionals in the industry to serve our growing and diverse base of clients.”

Prior to joining Okapi Partners, Mr. Vecchio spent nearly 30 years at Georgeson Inc., rising to the level of Managing Director in 1998. During his tenure, he provided advice and insight to companies involved in mergers and acquisitions, proxy contests, rights offerings, equity exchange and tender offers, and matters involving corporate and municipal debt. He also advised corporations on solicitation strategies for non-routine annual meetings and on corporate governance issues.

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 Elliott Management in a campaign at Hess Corporation, Silver Lake Partners’ acquisition of Dell Inc., Smithfield Foods sale to Shuanghui International and Starboard Value LP in a campaign at Office Depot Inc. In 2014, noteworthy campaigns include representing Casablanca Capital in a campaign at Cliffs Natural Resources, The Clinton Group in a campaign at ValueVision Media, Morgans Hotel Group in a campaign by Kerrisdale Capital, and Starboard Value in a campaign at Darden Restaurants.

Additional information is available at www.okapipartners.com or by calling 212-297-0720. Follow Okapi Partners on Twitter @OkapiPartners.

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