Kingsdale Shareholder Services

Kingsdale Shareholder Services

February 23, 2015 12:25 ET

Kingsdale Brings Innovative Full-Service Shareholder Services Model to US

New York Based Team to Be Led By Industry Veteran Joseph Spedale

NEW YORK, NEW YORK--(Marketwired - Feb. 23, 2015) - Kingsdale Shareholder Services announces a strategic expansion that will bring its innovative full-service shareholder services and corporate governance advisory model to the world's largest market. Kingsdale Shareholder Services US will be led by new president Joseph Spedale, former Executive Vice President, Head of Sales & Business Development at Georgeson Inc.

"When Kingsdale was founded twelve years ago we set an ambitious goal: To become the number one shareholder services firm in the world. Today's announcement brings us one step closer to that goal as we build our global platform," said Kingsdale CEO and Founder, Wes Hall. "Kingsdale's rise has been rooted in a simple but unequaled approach that will fill a key gap in the US market -- a focus on delivering unparalleled results while exceeding our clients' customer service expectations."

Hall noted clients in the US will benefit from the full complement of services that have defined Kingsdale as the market leader in Canada --including comprehensive governance advisory and proxy analytics services, voting analytics, and strategic communications-- and delivered the best win rate in proxy fights in Canada.

"When we partnered with Kingsdale just one year ago, we were excited about the unique model and the tremendous growth potential," said Miles Nadal, Chairman and CEO of MDC Partners. "I believe this step will be a game changer for proxy solicitation in the US and will act as a springboard for Kingsdale's future plans in Europe and Australia."

To spearhead its expansion, Kingsdale welcomes Joseph Spedale as President, Kingsdale Shareholder Services US. "It is a great privilege to be asked to lead Kingsdale Shareholder Services US at this important time in the firm's history," Spedale said. "I look forward to providing strategic leadership in the US while promoting the Kingsdale brand."

Spedale is a veteran of the proxy solicitation industry with over 40 years of experience in numerous capacities, most recently with Georgeson as Executive Vice President, Head of Sales & Business Development. During his 30 plus years at Georgeson, Spedale was a senior member of its M&A Advisory Group specializing in take-overs, proxy contests and mergers and acquisitions. While at Georgeson, he also held the position of Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer. In his capacity as President, Spedale will provide strategic leadership and guide Kingsdale Shareholder Services US in its client management and business development efforts as well as making strategic hires to build the firm.

Spedale outlined the tremendous opportunity he sees for Kingsdale in the coming months: "I expect companies will experience an increase in shareholder activism in 2015 as activist funds continue to see an inflow of capital and some of the more traditional investors are becoming more sympathetic to the activist strategy. I also believe 2015 is shaping up to be a very active year for M&A as strategic buyers will look to capitalize on large cash reserves, favorable credit markets and lending environment as well as historically low interest rates."

About Kingsdale Shareholder Services:

Since 2003, public companies across North America have looked to the expertise of Kingsdale Shareholder Services to help them reach out to shareholders to secure votes for annual meeting agenda items and transactions. Kingsdale has been engaged by more issuers and in more proxy contests than all other advisors in Canada combined and acted on the majority of M&A transactions each year. As Canada's preeminent shareholder services firm, Kingsdale offers an array of specialized services including: strategic and defensive advisory, proxy solicitation, governance advisory and proxy analytics, information agent, depositary, communications, voting analytics, shareholder identification, asset reclamation, and stakeholder surveys.

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About MDC Partners Inc.:

MDC Partners is one of the world's largest Business Transformation Organizations that utilizes technology, marketing communications, data analytics, insights and strategic consulting solutions to drive meaningful returns on Marketing and Communications Investments for multinational clients in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia and Latin America. MDC Partners' durable competitive advantage is to Empower the Most Talented Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders to Drive Business Success to new levels of Achievement, for both our Clients and our Shareholders, reinforcing the Company's reputation as "The Place Where Great Talent Lives." MDC Partners' Class A shares are publicly traded on NASDAQ under the symbol "MDCA" and on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "MDZ.A".

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Contact Information

  • In the United States:
    Alexandra Delanghe Ewing
    SVP, Corporate Communications
    MDC Partners
    Direct: 646-429-1845 or Cell: 917-686-1846
    adelanghe@mdc-partners.com

    In Canada:
    Ian Robertson
    Kingsdale Shareholder Services
    Vice President, Communications
    Direct: 416-867-2333 or Cell: 647-621-2646
    irobertson@kingsdaleshareholder.com