Hedge Funds, M&A, Perspectives, Public Affairs, Public Affairs

With Wall Street and Washington essentially frozen, companies that refuse to follow suit will be poised for success into the new year

Uncertainty over the outcome of the elections – in an unprecedented year – is hovering over everything. And while the paralysis in both spheres is temporary, a wait-and-see approach is inadvisable, and companies that sit idly by miss an opportunity to take advantage of the election outcomes in the White House and on Capitol Hill. These are five things companies need to do now.

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The end of the “just trust me” era of crisis management

Crisis Communications, Issues Management

The end of the “just trust me” era of crisis management

How has corporate crisis management evolved over the past 20 years? From the proliferation of social media to the rise of “stakeholder capitalism” to the increasingly divisive and heated rhetoric about many social and political issues, the communications landscape has shifted substantially – and crisis management has had to shift with it.

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ESG, Investor Relations, Shareholder Activism

Effectively Navigating the Evolving ESG Landscape

“ESG” (Environmental, Social and Governance) has become a polarizing term and topic. for organizations and policymakers alike. In this article, our ESG Team shares notable trends they have identified in the evolving ESG landscape and make recommendations for leadership teams.

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TikTok Ban Conundrum

Digital Strategy, Perspectives, Public Affairs, Research

TikTok Ban Signaling a Divide in Communications Landscape Ahead of 2024 Election

Should the ban of TikTok take hold, it is likely that other uses of consumer data could come under scrutiny, spurred by advocates calling for comprehensive data privacy and protection laws.  As the Senate contemplates the app’s fate, now is the perfect time for foreign and domestic companies who rely heavily on user-data to ready themselves with a public affairs and corporate reputation strategy that underscores an adherence to newly defined legislation while also earning the trust of a skeptical public.  

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Proxy Season 2024

Investor Relations, Perspectives, Shareholder Activism

Five Early Proxy Season Insights

As we approach the halfway point in the 2024 proxy season, it is shaping up to be a more active cycle than 2023, when many activists seemingly pressed “pause” on pursuing public campaigns to evaluate the full impact of new Universal Proxy Card (UPC) regulations. Amid improving and more predictable economic conditions, a rebounding M&A market, and the prospect of rate cuts, activist shareholder activity continues to increase. Thoughtful preparation ahead of any engagement with an activist can often determine how this dialogue evolves.

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