Develops compelling stories, anticipates and mitigates risks.
Unexpected leaks, pressure from third parties through media or contradictory messages between parties are all issues that can stop an operation months in the making. For this reason, LLYC works with clients throughout all phases of the process to cover any possible contingency. Working in concert with legal and financial advisors, we support clients from the operational design phase all the way to integration (in the case of M&A projects) or market close (with IPOs). We work with the legal and finance teams to build narratives consistent with business strategy that allow various stakeholders to share the operation's relevance in terms of value creation. We offer our advice after considering sensitive areas for each type of milestone, such as securities market regulations, regulatory issues or the potential impact on company employees. This is coupled with constant advisory for the client's management team, enabling them to anticipate and quickly react to potential risks.
We help you define a communications strategy and action plan for any M&A operation. This is crucial to its success, whether in asset sale processes or when developing an acquisition strategy, including for cross-border operations. We adapt this strategy to each stage of the transaction, taking into account pre-planning, announcement and final integration. Creating a climate favourable to an M&A process can affect the final result and be key in determining a company's future. To do this, it is essential to know the operation's key milestones, using them to proactively manage potential risks and opportunities.
Advisory during IPOs and other capital market transactions
We work with clients from an operation's initial phase to define a comprehensive financial communications plan. This forms a roadmap for meeting both corporate strategic objectives and capital market demands. Today's financial market is marked by high volatility, making the windows for capital market transactions such as IPOs increasingly shorter. This complexity makes it essential to effectively and efficiently share a credible narrative about the company's future, its ability to adapt to sector changes and its leadership's ability to take this new step. We help develop compelling investment stories, as we understand what investors and stakeholders want and need to hear. In addition, during IPOs, we advise companies on the public disclosure, so we place particular focus on the systematic handling of financial information and development of investor relations.
Advice on proxy fights and shareholder activism
We work with clients to provide critical advice and tactical support, both to deter shareholder activism and defend against an existing campaign. We help clients understand, anticipate and respond to the threats of corporate governance and activism. During the planning stages, we identify possible areas of weakness that could be exploited by activist investors, then define appropriate reactive messages and provide a protocol and materials to quickly respond to different stakeholders. We develop and drive comprehensive communication strategies for companies and boards immersed in conventional proxy battles, as we are familiar with the latest corporate governance trends and best practices in shareholder relations.
Reputational due diligence
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