PETER C. HARKINS
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Peter C. Harkins is a Managing Director of Harkins Kovler.
During the 23-year period ended December 2013, Mr. Harkins was employed in a variety of executive positions at D.F. King & Co., Inc., where he specialized in shareholder activism, M&A transactions and proxy contests for board representation and control, serving public companies located primarily in the U.S. and Europe. During the 13-year period ended December 2013, Mr. Harkins also served as President and CEO of D.F. King.
His experience encompasses many of the most complex and contentious M&A transactions and proxy contests occurring in the U.S. and Europe over the past thirty years and includes representation of, among others, United Technologies Corp., Sears, Roebuck & Company, RJR Nabisco, Inc., National Gypsum Company, GE Capital, Dow Corning Corporation, Banque Nationale de Paris, Vodafone Group Plc, Total S.A., AXA Financial, Inc., Kraft Foods Inc., Phelps Dodge Corporation, Deutsche Börse AG, Mittal Steel Co. NV, Cablevision Systems Corporation, Time Warner Inc., Comcast Corporation, The Home Depot, Inc., Motorola, Inc., GlaxoSmithKline plc (GSK), The Bank of New York Company, Inc., Wynn Resorts, Limited and Deutsche Telekom AG in connection with shareholder activism, M&A transactions, bankruptcy reorganizations and proxy contests for board representation and control. Mr. Harkins also has been retained by noteworthy shareholder activists, including, among others, The Childrens’ Investment Fund (together with 3G Capital Partners LP) and Carl Icahn (together with Southeastern Asset Management, Inc.) in campaigns at CSX Corporation and Dell Inc., respectively.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Harkins held executive, analyst and portfolio management positions at investment firms focused on M&A transactions and, before that, he was employed as a Senior Vice President at Georgeson & Co., Inc., where he also specialized in M&A transactions and proxy contests.
Mr. Harkins has testified as an expert witness in U.S. District Court and Delaware Chancery Court proceedings involving corporate control matters, including shareholder rights plans. In addition, he has appeared as a panelist at continuing education seminars sponsored by the Practicing Law Institute and at legal and investor conferences dedicated to shareholder activism, M&A transactions and proxy contests for board representation and control, including the Tulane Corporate Law Institute.
Mr. Harkins was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree by The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and a Juris Doctor degree by St. John’s University School of Law in New York City.
JORDAN M. KOVLER
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Jordan M. Kovler is a Managing Director of Harkins Kovler.
During the 13-year period ended August 2015, Mr. Kovler was employed in a variety of positions at D.F. King & Co., Inc., culminating with the post of Senior Vice President. While at D.F. King, Mr. Kovler specialized in shareholder activism, M&A transactions, corporate governance consulting and proxy contests for board representation and control, serving public companies located primarily in the U.S. and Europe.
His experience encompasses numerous contentious M&A transactions and proxy contests occurring in the U.S. and Europe over the past ten years, along with corporate governance consulting for some of the world’s largest publicly traded companies. In his final two years of employment at D.F. King, Mr. Kovler advised on over twenty announced transactions valued at over $350 billion. His clients included Staples, Inc., Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc., JDS Uniphase Corporation (JDSU), URS Corporation, Tempur Sealy International, Wynn Resorts Limited, Actelion Pharmaceuticals and eBay Inc., among others. He also advised some of the largest publicly traded companies in connection with corporate governance, investor relations and shareholder communications programs, including Exxon Mobil Corp., Raytheon Company, American International Group, Inc., Comcast Corporation, Ameriprise Financial, Inc., Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. and Fifth Third Bancorp.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Kovler worked in development within a charitable organization created to help disadvantaged children in the New York City metropolitan area.
Mr. Kovler has appeared as a panelist at continuing education seminars sponsored by the National Investor Relations Instiitute (NIRI), the American Society of Corporate Secretaries (ASCS), the International Bar Association (IBA), the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) and at other legal and investor conferences dedicated to shareholder activism, M&A transactions and proxy contests for board representation and control.
Mr. Kovler was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree by Trinity College in Hartford, CT.
ALEXANDER T. LEVENTHAL
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Alexander T. Leventhal is a Managing Director of Harkins Kovler.
Prior to joining Harkins Kovler, Mr. Leventhal served for 7 years as the President and CEO of Donlin Recano & Company, Inc., a leading Bankruptcy and Class Action settlement administrator. Before assuming that post, Mr. Leventhal served for 4 years as the President and CEO of Taylor Rafferty LLC, a global investor relations and financial communications firm with a focus on cross-border capital markets access. In addition, Mr. Leventhal previously served as a Senior Vice President of D.F. King, specializing in complicated consent solicitations, M&A transactions, and proxy contests, serving clients in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Beforehand, Mr. Leventhal was an executive with Accenture (formerly Andersen Consulting), where he managed mission critical technology implementation projects for a variety of private and public sector clients.
His experience encompasses proxy contests, contentious consent solicitations, and restructurings occurring in the U.S. and Europe, along with stakeholder communications consulting for publicly traded companies and private equity firms. Mr. Leventhal advised American Express on merchant communications arising from antitrust litigation with the Department of Justice and the SIPC on litigation relating to the Madoff fraud, along with many similar projects, including Visa’s solicitation of consents from its member banks to approve its IPO.
While at Accenture, Mr. Leventhal implemented a city-wide GIS system for the NYC Office of Emergency Management, and was responsible for the construction of all voice and data infrastructure for the NYC 3-1-1 citizen’s service center. Mr. Leventhal has also been tapped by City, State, and Federal agencies as they respond to crises, including New York City’s “Rapid Repairs” program in response to Hurricane Sandy.
Mr. Leventhal was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors by Union College in Schenectady, NY, and a Juris Doctor degree with honors by Albany Law School in Albany, NY, where he also served on the Albany Law School Law Review.