MacKenzie Partners Announces the Opening of Washington D.C. Office Executive Vice President Laurie Connell to Lead New Office

WASHINGTON, April 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- MacKenzie Partners, Inc., a leading management and shareholder consulting firm providing strategic advice relating to proxy solicitations, tender and exchange offers, mergers, corporate governance, shareholder activism, and corporate restructurings and debt holder consents, today announced the opening of a new office in Washington, D.C.

Dan Burch, Chairman of MacKenzie Partners, stated, "The Washington, D.C. area is home to a growing number of major public companies and key thought leaders on corporate governance, as well as the regulatory bodies shaping the governance framework for public companies.  As corporate engagement with shareholders continues to increase due to activist shareholders, pension funds, proxy advisory firms, like-minded investor groups and the effects of the Dodd-Frank Act, it is more important than ever that MacKenzie continue to evolve its leadership role in this field.

"We are pleased to have expanded to Washington, D.C.  Our presence in this key market allows MacKenzie to extend and enhance the services we provide to our clients.  Over the last few years, there has been a convergence between Wall Street and Washington.  I am confident that by establishing a strong team in our nation's capital, we can provide corporations with the strategic counsel necessary to navigate the increasingly complex corporate governance and regulatory issues they face." 

The new office will be led by Executive Vice President Laurie Connell, who has served as a key member of MacKenzie's mergers and acquisitions and proxy contest team, working on some of the firm's largest assignments, and advising numerous companies on corporate governance matters in connection with their annual meeting of shareholders. 

Mr. Burch and Mark Harnett, President of MacKenzie, jointly stated, "We are excited that Laurie Connell will lead the firm's new D.C. office.  Laurie has been a key member of our team for the past seven years, and has provided strategic advice on corporate governance matters to many S&P 500 companies.  Her experience will be invaluable as we seek to grow our presence in Washington, D.C.

Prior to joining MacKenzie, Laurie was a finance executive at Washington-based MCI, Inc. for nearly 14 years, most recently serving as Director of Investor Relations.  In her last year at MCI, Laurie was actively involved in the hotly contested battle between Verizon and Qwest for control of MCI and its telecom assets.

MacKenzie Partners is a recognized consulting leader specializing in contested shareholder elections, unsolicited tender offer defense and offense.  For more than twenty years, MacKenzie is proud to be the firm that issuers and investors turn to first to represent them alongside their legal, financial and public relations advisers in their contested corporate election battles and unsolicited tender offers.

About MacKenzie Partners, Inc.
MacKenzie Partners, Inc. is a full-service proxy solicitation, investor relations and corporate governance consulting firm specializing in mergers-and-acquisitions and proxy contest related transactions.  The firm has offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Palo Alto and London.  MacKenzie's services include – in addition to traditional proxy solicitation – corporate governance consulting, security holder solicitations, information agent services for tender and exchange offers, beneficial ownership identification, market surveillance and associated financial, investor and media relations services. 

Contacts:

MacKenzie Partners, Inc.

Daniel H. Burch, Chairman
(212) 929-5748 (o)  (516) 429-2721 (m)
dburch@mackenziepartners.com

Mark Harnett, President
(212) 929-5877 (o)   (917)887-6828 (m)
mharnett@mackenziepartners.com

Laurie Connell, Executive Vice President
(202) 591-5233 (m)  (917) 583-4664 (m)
lconnell@mackenziepartners.com

SOURCE MacKenzie Partners, Inc.




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