Jeffrey Z. TaufieldVice Chairman, Partner
He has extensive experience in crisis communications, M&A, complex investor relations, shareholder activism and corporate governance, and litigation and regulatory support.
Jeff is a founding member of Kekst, and has served a trusted advisor to senior executive teams and boards of directors of publicly traded companies and private entities for over 30 years. He has extensive experience in crisis communications, M&A; complex investor relations; shareholder activism and corporate governance; and litigation and regulatory support.
Jeff has successfully advised and guided hundreds of clients through a broad array of complex and oftentimes sensitive reputational matters and special situations. His expertise lies in his ability to combine strategic communications solutions with sound business judgment to achieve a client’s goals and objectives. Jeff leads many long-term client relationships and possesses a deep passion for mentoring professionals at the firm.
Jeff holds a B.S. in Finance from Hofstra University with postgraduate studies in Journalism at New York University.
Recent and Notable Relevant Experience
Transactions (representative transactions)
• EMC Corp on its $67 billion sale to Michael Dell, MSD Partners and Silver Lake; Piedmont Natural Gas in its $6.7 billion sale to Duke Energy; Freescale Semiconductor on its $40 billion market cap sale to NXP Semiconductors; Dell on its $24 billion going private transaction; Lowe’s Companies, Inc. on its proposed $2.3 billion acquisition of RONA Inc.; Johnson & Johnson on its $19.7 billion acquisition of Synthes; The Warnaco Group on its $2.9 billion sale to PVH Corp.
• Over the years, Jeff has developed highly impactful communications strategies for clients who faced federal and state inquiries, regulatory investigations and settlements, often involving the: SEC, DOJ, FDA, DEA, FDIC, OCC, as well as the New York State and Massachusetts Attorneys General involving companies in the financial services, private equity, health care, technology, and banking industries.
Crisis and Issues Management
• Throughout his career at Kekst, Jeff has worked on dozens of franchise-threatening crisis communications matters across a wide variety of special situations, including guiding the Swiss banks during the multi-year investigation into ‘hidden assets’ from World War II.