NEW YORK, March 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Okapi Partners LLC, a leading proxy solicitation and investor response firm that advises corporations, institutional investors, private equity firms and mutual fund companies, is pleased to announce the appointment of Alexandra Higgins as Managing Director. Ms. Higgins will augment the firm's advisory services capabilities, providing strategic counsel to corporate clients and their advisors with a focus on governance and compensation issues, as well as other ESG concepts. Her appointment reflects Okapi Partners' continued growth and expertise in corporate governance and responsible investment solutions tailored to serve clients' needs.
Ms. Higgins joins Okapi Partners from Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS) Corporate Solutions, where she served as Vice President and Head of U.S. Partner Advisory Services. During this time, she managed advisory services for U.S. professional services firms on ISS policy, corporate governance issues, equity plan disclosure, and shareholder activism. Prior to ISS, Ms. Higgins covered corporate governance regulation and activist investor campaigns as a journalist for CQ Roll Call.
"Alex brings a unique set experiences to our team, having both advised and reported on a wide range of corporate governance and investor response issues, and we are very excited to welcome her to the firm," said Bruce H. Goldfarb, President and CEO of Okapi Partners. "Since Okapi Partners' founding in 2008, we have been dedicated to attracting the most talented and experienced professionals in the industry to serve our growing and diverse base of clients."
"I've long admired Okapi Partners for being instrumental in helping clients achieve their goals" said Ms. Higgins. "Okapi has been at the forefront of corporate governance and shareholder activism for the past several years, and its people have developed respect in the field for their collaborative work with both clients and their advisors. I'm honored to be joining their team."
Ms. Higgins began her career as an executive compensation analyst and research associate at The Corporate Library for six years before its merger with GMI Ratings, where she ultimately spent another four years advising law firms on corporate governance matters related to securities litigation. In 2008, Ms. Higgins was named a Rising Star of Corporate Governance by the Millstein Center for Corporate Governance and Performance. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Southern Maine.
About Okapi Partners LLC
Founded in 2008, Okapi Partners is a strategic proxy solicitation and investor response firm providing a full range of solicitation and information agent services, as well as related consultation and advice to clients. The firm represents corporations, mutual funds, private equity firms, hedge funds and institutional investors and provides them with superior intellectual capital, industry relationships and execution capabilities.
Okapi Partners was recently recognized as the top proxy solicitor by Activist Insight magazine for the second year in a row. The firm represented both issuers and activists in 26 campaigns in 2017 in what was one of Okapi's most successful years since its founding in 2008, according to Activist Insight. In 2017, Okapi Partners worked with over 100 corporate clients providing advise on proxy solicitation matters, corporate governance issues and shareholder engagement strategies.
Okapi Partners combines expertise with a fresh, energetic approach. Clients can expect to work with the firm in developing and guiding their solicitation and response campaign from beginning to end. Well versed in the markets and prepared for any contingency that might arise during an assignment, Okapi Partners provides our clients the ability to respond thoughtfully and effectively. Experience working hand-in-hand with clients and their advisors allows the firm to deliver optimal outcomes for clients. Additional information is available at www.okapipartners.com. Follow Okapi Partners on Twitter @OkapiPartners.
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