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Todd Fogarty

Partner
Todd has nearly three decades of experience advising private and public enterprises on communications that support their business objectives.

He provides clients with strategic counsel and hands-on execution to achieve important operational and financial goals and to address challenges.

He provides clients with strategic counsel and hands-on execution to achieve important operational and financial goals and to address challenges.

Todd has nearly 30 years of experience providing communications counsel and execution support to the senior executive teams and boards of directors of public companies and private institutions, enabling them to achieve important strategic goals and address challenges. He supports clients in the areas of corporate and executive positioning, media and investor relations, and crisis communications and critical disclosures. Todd has deep experience in working with clients in the context of special situations including M&A, shareholder activism and corporate governance matters, and litigation and regulatory actions.

He also has significant experience working with a number of major private equity firms, hedge funds, and family offices. Todd helps drive Kekst CNC’s industry-leading Private Capital group, which today serves more than 70 clients across a range of strategies and geographies.

Many of Todd’s client relationships extend more than a decade.

He holds a BA in History, with a focus on China, from Brown University, and also studied at The Chinese University of Hong Kong and Yale-China Chinese Language Centre.


Experience

Private Capital Communications

Todd counsels private equity and hedge fund clients on developing and executing integrated communications programs that advance business objectives, all while enhancing and protecting their reputations.

His current private equity clients include:

  • Apax Partners, a leading global private equity firm, on dozens of acquisitions and subsequent realizations in North America, as well as around a range of portfolio company matters and fundraisings. Apax closed its most recent fund at $11 billion.
  • Lexington Partners, the largest independent manager of secondary acquisition and co-investment funds, on a range of communications matters. In early 2020, Lexington raised the largest-ever secondary fund at $14 billion.
  • Accel-KKR, a leading technology-focused private equity firm, on numerous investments and realizations.
  • Palladium Equity Partners, a leading middle-market private equity firm, in support of more than a dozen acquisitions and realizations.
  • Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe, a private equity firm focused on technology and healthcare.

He also supports the strategic communications initiatives and media relations of a number of leading hedge funds and family offices, including: SVPGlobal, Melvin Capital, MSD Partners, Avenue Capital Group, Mudrick Capital, Bracebridge Capital, Luxor Capital, Horizon Asset, and a global investment firm with more than $60 billion in investment and committed capital.

Mergers & Acquisitions

Todd has advised corporate and private equity firm clients in more than 200 transactions, including many of the largest and most complex mergers and acquisitions and go-private transactions over the past 25-plus years. Notable recent transaction representations include:

  • AerCap Holdings on its $30 billion acquisition of GE’s GE Capital Aviation Services business.
  • PPL Corp. on the sale of its UK business, Western Power Distribution, to National Grid for $10.9 billion, and PPL’s acquisition of Narragansett Electric from National Grid for $3.8 billion. Also, PPL in its previous spinoff of its merchant generation business, Talen Energy, as an independent, publicly listed company.
  • Lexington Partners in its purchase by Franklin Templeton for more than $1.75 billion.
  • Legg Mason in its purchase by Franklin Templeton for $6.5 billion.
  • Celgene in its $74 billion sale to Bristol-Myers Squibb.
  • EMC Corporation in its $67 billion sale to Dell and Silver Lake, as well as the acquisitions by EMC of Data Domain and Isilon Systems.
  • The sale of Acelity by Apax Partners and its consortium partners to 3M for $6.725 billion.
  • The carve out of Vyaire Medical from Becton, Dickinson & Company by Apax Partners.
  • Dell in its sale to Michael Dell and Silver Lake Partners for more than $24 billion, as well as Dell’s prior acquisitions of Perot Systems and Compellent, and its bid for 3PAR.
  • Corning Incorporated in the strategic realignment of its ownership interest in Dow Corning Corporation, as well as numerous other transactions.
  • Baxalta, first in defense against a hostile takeover proposal and ultimately in its $32 billion merger with Shire plc and subsequent integration process.
  • The acquisition of GardaWorld for C$1.1 billion by Apax Partners, and subsequent sale of the company to members of management and Rhône Capital. 
  • Genzyme Corporation in its response to the unsolicited offer by Sanofi-Aventis and ultimate acquisition for more than $20 billion.
  • The sale of TRADER Corporation by Apax Partners to Thoma Bravo for C$1.575 billion.
  • The blank check companies Boulevard Acquisition Corp II in the combination with Brazil’s Estre Ambiental S.A. to form and list publicly the largest waste management company in Latin America, and Boulevard Acquisition Corp. in the carve out of the AgroFresh business unit of Dow Chemical as an independent company.
  • Quest Diagnostics in support of more than a dozen acquisitions and divestitures.
  • Allied Waste Industries in its sale to Republic Services for $6.24 billion, following a multi-year M&A program that included the acquisition and integration of Browning-Ferris Industries.
  • SAP AG in its $4.3 billion acquisition of Ariba Inc.
  • Eaton Corp. in its $11.8 billion acquisition of Cooper Industries.
  • Biogen in its $6.8 billion combination with Idec Pharmaceuticals.
  • RWE AG in its $4.6 billion acquisition of American Water Works.
  • Deutsche Telekom in its acquisition of VoiceStream for $50.7 billion to form T-Mobile US.
  • Accel-KKR in several dozen acquisitions and exits.
  • Investcorp in several dozen acquisitions and exits, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Gucci, Moody International, Circle K, Polyconcept, Greatwide, Berlin Packaging, Neptune Technology Group, MW Manufacturers, Carvel.

Shareholder Activism and Corporate Governance

Todd has provided counsel on shareholder activism and corporate governance to a diverse range of major corporations – from extensive planning and simulation sessions to full-fledged proxy contests.  

While much of this work has not been public, visible activist-related matters have included: Progress Software (Praesidium Investment Management), PulteGroup (William Pulte, Elliott Management), Zoetis (Pershing Square), EMC Corporation (Elliott Management), Dell (Carl Icahn), Genzyme Corporation (Carl Icahn, Relational), MSCI (ValueAct), JDA Software (Praesidium), Legg Mason (Trian) and Biogen (Carl Icahn 2x).

Restructuring and Bankruptcy

Todd has served as communications counsel to a host of public and private entities in connection with bankruptcies and restructurings. Representations have included:

  • The Parent Ad Hoc Claimant Group in the LATAM Airlines Chapter 11 cases.
  • The $11 billion Ad Hoc Subrogation Group in the PG&E Chapter 11 cases.
  • One Call Corporation in its successful out-of-court recapitalization.
  • American Airlines in its Chapter 11.
  • rue21 in its Chapter 11.

Specialized Investor Relations

  • Todd supports the development and execution of strategic communications plans and investor relations activities of corporate clients, including around quarterly reporting and financial disclosures, investor days, management succession and leadership changes, and spinoffs and other restructurings.
  • Current and past corporate client work has extended from numerous Fortune 500 companies through to newly established companies, including spinouts and IPOs.

Crisis Communications

Todd has worked with companies in managing the communications related to a variety of special situations, including litigation and regulatory actions, workplace misconduct, advocacy group activity, union issues, among others. His specific experience in this area includes:

  • Work with boards and leadership teams of dozens of public and private organizations to announce CEO and other senior-level management transitions.
  • Support of a significant number of clients around data breaches and other cybersecurity-related events.
  • Extensive work with parties throughout the healthcare supply chain on issues relating to the opioid crisis.
  • Representation of software company Computer Associates on a number of governance and regulatory matters, including around a government investigation of the company’s accounting practices, the subsequent settlement and DPA, and restoration of the organization’s reputation under a new leadership team.
  • Counsel to biotechnology company Biogen on a range of matters.
  • Assistance of clients across industries in the development of crisis communications plans and related training programs.

Contact Information

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New York (Headquarters)

437 Madison Avenue, 37th Floor

New York, NY 10022