In today's intense media environment, corporations must master the public dialogue on pressing issues affecting their business. Silence is not an option. Companies today face an array of litigation, regulatory, public policy and activist challenges where the risks and stakes for shareholders and stakeholders alike can
be high. The everything, everywhere, all-at-once news cycle and influential social media outlets make communicating daunting for even the most experienced companies. Our expertise relies on decades of high level experience in business, law, media, advertising and public policy, and we work effectively at the intersection of these key sectors. We specialize in "Issue Communications" and provide strategic solutions on regulatory; litigation; activist, consumer and public policy crises, challenges, and controversies. Our curated portfolio contains proprietary digital communications platforms that leverage custom content for online, print, meta, broadcast, and diverse media. Through them, we offer sage advice for today's leaders.
As the global economy has expanded, so too have the number of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the U.S. and abroad. High value mergers in the tech, media, healthcare and energy sectors, alone, have created even larger companies with higher market cap values.
While each merger is unique, there are common elements and dimensions for every transaction. From due diligence, regulatory procedures and compliance to disclosures, marketing and investor relations, the modern merger is indeed a complex matter requiring extraordinary focus, resources and time to succeed.
In preparing for these transactions, a company typically relies on attorneys and financial advisors for legal and accounting services. The Advisory Counsel, LLC. provides an additional level of advisory services to help companies effectuate a smooth and successful transaction.
We have been engaged in a number of major mergers on either the regulatory or advisory side of the transaction. This experience has given us extraordinary insight into the process and procedures that are required of complex corporate transactions.
Over the last several years, mergers in the telecom, media and technology space have been the subject of increasing scrutiny from activists, regulators and policymakers. The timeline for regulatory approval of these transactions has lengthened, leading to market uncertainty and speculation.
As sage advisors to investors and interested stakeholders, we have brought uncanny insights into the merger review process, drawing upon decades of high-level experience in the Legislative Branch and Regulatory agencies, along with high-level legal and policy expertise honed through private sector assignments.
As corporate mergers and acquisitions became more challenging and complicated, The Advisory Counsel continues to monitor and report on what matters most to investors, companies and key stakeholders in this sector.
AT & T - Media One -- Involved as a senior official in the FCC regulatory review of this $44 billion merger in 2000.
AOL - Time Warner -- Involved as a senior official in the FCC regulatory review of this $350 billion merger 2000.
Comcast - Time Warner Cable --Senior legal advisor to FCC Commissioner in the review of the proposed $45.2 billion merger, ultimately withdrawn in 2014.
Gray - Hoak -- Senior legal advisor to FCC Commissioner in the review of this $335 million broadcast merger in 2013.
Sinclair - Albritton -- Senior legal advisor to FCC Commissioner in the review of this $1 billion broadcast merger in 2013.
Charter - Time Warner Cable - Bright House -- Senior legal advisor to FCC Commissioner in the review of this $56.7 billion cable merger in 2014.
AT & T - DirecTV -- Senior legal advisor to FCC Commissioner in the review of this $67.1 billion telecom merger in 2014.
Nexstar - Media General --Research and regulatory intelligence for this $4.6 billion broadcast merger in 2016.
AT& T - Time Warner --Research and regulatory intelligence for this $108.7 billion media merger in 2016.
Entire societies throughout the globe are now faced with how to live and do business in a significantly transformed environment. We live and work in a world where fortune favors the bold and competition is the order of the day. Our society has been aptly called the “attention economy” because Americans are increasingly logged on, plugged in, and connected to interactive social networks, the media and the entire inter-connected world.
We are driven by an everything, everywhere, all-at-once, 24-hour news cycle, tweets, blogs, texts and other instant communications that compete for our time and attention at any point in the day. Getting and keeping the favorable attention of a targeted market requires strategy, planning and consistency. The challenge for many organizations is how to embrace and engage these new challenges.
We are keenly aware that matters relating to social impact and sustainability are a major concern to corporations throughout the world, and we bring a unique level of experience and expertise to our work in theses areas. The team at The Advisory Counsel understands the new mandates in today's market and we can help.