Leadership

Peter C. Harkins

Managing Director

Direct Dial: +1 (212) 468-5390

Mobile: +1 (917) 993-3444

Fax: +1 (212) 468-5391

Email: pharkins@harkinskovler.com

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

Managing Director

Direct Dial: +1 (212) 468-5384

Mobile: +1 (646) 287-2617

Fax: +1 (212) 468-5385

Email: Jkovler@harkinskovler.com

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.

Strategic advice and related proxy solicitation services in connection with shareholder activism, M&A transactions and proxy contests for board representation and control.