Proxy Advisor Okapi Taps Einsidler As MD

May 2 2014 | 10:36am ET

Hedge fund proxy advisor Okapi Partners has named Jon Einsidler as a managing director.

Einsidler has been engaged in investor response campaigns and proxy solicitation work for over 20 years, most recently as a senior managing director with Georgeson, where he spent 14 years. Prior to that, he spent three years as a partner with Laurel Hill Advisory Group, and three with AST Phoenix Advisors where he was one of the founding partners.

Einsidler has worked on some of the largest hostile takeovers in history including Conrail-CSX, ITT-Hilton, TRW-Northrop, PeopleSoft-Oracle, Bank of American-Merrill Lynch and others. He was the founder of Georgeson Securities Corporation and Laurel Hill Securities.

Prior to working in proxy solicitation, Einsidler was an investment banker for 12 years, most notably with EuroPartners Securities Corporation (owned by Credit Lyonnais, Commerzbank, Banco di Roma, and Bank Leu) where he was vice president and department head for corporate finance.

His appointment follows the hiring of Michael Fein as a senior managing director in March, bringing Okapi's senior management team to seven executives.

"Jon has a long history as a successful proxy solicitor and his relationships with influential investors will benefit our clients immensely," said Bruce H. Goldfarb, president and CEO of Okapi Partners, in a statement. "Our senior management team is now one of the strongest in the proxy solicitation industry and Jon's addition will bolster our strategic execution capabilities."  

Okapi Partners provided investor response advice on some of the most high-profile activist undertakings of 2013, including The Clinton Group's Stillwater Mining Company campaign, Elliott Management's campaign at Hess Corporation and Silver Lake Partners' acquisition of Dell Inc.


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