Rebecca Kral

Rebecca Kral
Partner, Head of Dallas Office

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rkral@longacresquare.com

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Rebecca Kral

Partner, Head of Dallas Office

Rebecca works across multiple sectors, with a focus on complex and special situation challenges for M&A, shareholder activism, CEO transitions and corporate reputation management issues. She has extensive experience defending public companies from board takeovers and hostile tender offers, and deep expertise advising on ESG and corporate governance matters at annual/special meetings.

Prior to joining Longacre Square, Rebecca worked at Brunswick Group where she helped lead the global corporate activism defense practice and created new solutions to help corporate clients prepare for and defend against activist investors.

Select representative matters of note include:

  • Canadian National on its $34 billion unsolicited bid for Kansas City Southern and defense of the Board against The Children’s Investment Fund (TCI)
  • Harley-Davidson on its public affairs response to EU reciprocal tariffs and defense of the Board in its engagement with Impala Asset Management
  • Arconic against Elliott Management and during its Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry
  • Spotify on its $30 billion, first-ever direct listing IPO

Earlier in her career, Rebecca worked at Edelman in its Financial Communications and Special Situations group and at D.F. King where she was a proxy solicitor focused on counseling activist investors launching proxy fights.

Rebecca has an MBA from NYU, Stern School of Business and a BA from Bucknell University.


Charlotte Kiaie

Charlotte Kiaie

Partner

Charlotte Kiaie advises founders, boards of directors and management teams across the investment management industry and corporate sectors. She specializes in corporate positioning and special situations, including transactions, shareholder activism, complex litigation and issues management. In addition, she has extensive experience advising clients on LP communications, media management and helping firms craft impactful ESG, DEI and CSR programs.

Charlotte’s client base currently includes leading asset management firms and publicly traded companies. Representations of note include:

  • Carl Icahn in his ESG-focused activist campaigns at McDonald’s and Kroger, resulting in enhanced disclosures at both companies
  • Revlon Inc. in its Chapter 11 restructuring
  • Privet Fund in its successful proxy fight at Synalloy Corporation
  • WaterMill Asset Management in its successful consent solicitation at Ziopharm Oncology
  • SilverBox-Engaged Merger Corp I in its $1.7 billion combination with Black Rifle Coffee
  • Solus Alternative Asset Management in CDS related litigation against GSO Capital and Hovnanian Enterprises

Prior to serving as a Vice President at Profile Advisors, Charlotte worked on the Trading/Ops desk at Farallon Capital Management in San Francisco. She holds dual B.A. degrees from The University of Colorado at Boulder and has served on the Philanthropy Board of 100 Women in Finance since 2018.


Joe Germani

Joe Germani

Partner

Joe Germani counsels clients on sensitive high stakes communications and reputational matters. He leads a number of Longacre Square’s special situations and ongoing positioning mandates for both public and private companies, as well as asset managers and other entities.

Joe’s experience encompasses friendly and hostile M&A, shareholder activism, litigation and restructuring, corporate crisis, issues and reputation management, and public affairs campaigns.

Representative matters include:

  • AIM ImmunoTech in its successful defense against an activist group’s attempted Board takeover, in first contest in which votes were solicited using a universal proxy card
  • Steel Partners in its unprecedented proxy contest to break Aerojet Rocketdyne’s gridlocked board and successful litigation against the company’s CEO
  • MoneyGram International on complex litigation and regulatory issues management
  • Legion Partners in its proxy contest at Guess
  • KVH in its proxy contest defenses against Vintage Capital Management and VIEX Capital Advisors and, more recently, its CEO transition
  • New York Life in its $6.3 billion acquisition of Cigna’s Group Insurance business

Prior to Longacre Square Partners, Joe spent nearly a decade at Sloane & Company, where he was Managing Director, Special Situations. He also previously worked at Brunswick Group.

Joe graduated from Georgetown University with a B.S. in Foreign Service and earned an M.A. in European History from New York University.