Hostile takeovers, proxy contests, activist shareholders, internecine corporate disputes and other contests for corporate control require aggressive strategies to help defend existing management groups from unwanted suitors and inadequate offers. Likewise, aggressor groups require detailed advance intelligence on their targets. Marquet International has over 25 years experience in assisting companies and their counsel in these circumstances. We provide timely and actionable intelligence that may be used in strategy development, litigation, public relations, proxy solicitations and other decisionmaking purposes.
In these cases, Marquet International can develop detailed intelligence in the following areas:
Deep vetting of director nominees and their respective track records on other boards and as executives in other companies
Outlining history of shareholder activism
Identifying undisclosed liabilities, such as regulatory problems or significant litigation matters
Identifying conflicts of interest
Identifying misrepresentations or misstatements in SEC filings
Examining potential anti-trust issues
Identifying undisclosed relationships and affiliations
Revealing incidents of self dealing and questionable relationships
Evaluating financial strengths and weaknesses
Vetting management teams
Review of business practices and integrity issues
Conducting self due diligence to reveal potential vulnerabilities
In a recent case, Marquet International developed key information on a prospective director that was used to cause their nomination to be withdrawn. In another matter, we provided critical intelligence that helped our client revise their defensive strategy resulting in a better outcome.