Kingsdale Advisors Solidifies Position as Industry Leader in Governance with Addition of Victor Guo, ISS

Mr. Guo's expertise in U.S. and Canadian special situations adds further in-house expertise to industry leading governance group

TORONTO, Feb. 27, 2017 /CNW/ - Kingsdale Advisors, the leading advisor to public companies on all shareholder, governance, and transaction related matters, announces Victor Guo will join the firm as Executive Vice President, Governance Special Situations. Mr. Guo joins Kingsdale Advisors from Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) where he spent five years, most recently as Vice President of M&A and Proxy Contest Research for the U.S. and Canadian special situations research teams.

"Our governance team has been a key differentiator for Kingsdale. When I founded the firm it was on the premise that we would bring more value to our clients and be thought leaders in our industry. The addition of Victor Guo will play a critical role in our North American expansion given his U.S. and Canadian governance expertise and he is a natural extension of our mission to be the North American shareholder advisory firm of choice," said Wes Hall, Executive Chairman and Founder of Kingsdale Advisors.

Mr. Guo will co-head Kingsdale Advisors' industry leading governance team with Victor Li, Executive Vice President, Governance Advisory, who previously led the ISS Canadian Mergers and Acquisitions and Proxy Fight research team before joining Kingsdale Advisors to found its in-house governance team six years ago. Together Mr. Guo and Mr. Li have led, analyzed, and provided vote recommendations on over 150 North American proxy contests, 2000 M&A transactions, and reviewed over 1000 shareholder rights plans.

"Victor Guo has unparalleled M&A, proxy fight, and governance experience making him a sought after advisor and thought leader," said Amy Freedman, Chief Executive Officer of Kingsdale Advisors. "His insight, perspective, and internal knowledge of ISS U.S. and Canada will prove invaluable to our clients who are looking for certainty of outcome in high-stakes situations." 

"I look forward to bringing my knowledge of U.S. and Canadian governance and special situations to a Kingsdale team that has become the most trusted advisor to boards and management as demonstrated by an unparalleled track record of success," Mr. Guo said. "Investors are becoming more active and engaging boards in different ways and proxy advisors are constantly raising the bar for issuers.  We can help clients encounter this new paradigm and face the new challenges that come with it." 

About Victor Guo:
Victor Guo is a veteran in corporate governance advisory with special focus on shareholder activism and contested situations. Prior to joining Kingsdale, Victor was Vice President of M&A and Proxy Contest Research for both of Institutional Shareholder Services Inc.'s U.S. and Canadian research teams where he covered and provided vote recommendations for over 80 North American proxy contests as well as more than 1000 M&A transactions to institutional clients during his 5-year tenure at ISS. Victor was the Canadian M&A lead for ISS Canada where he assembled and trained the ISS Canadian M&A research team. Prior to ISS, Victor had worked in both investment banking and economic consulting. Victor holds an MBA in Finance and Blue Ocean Strategy from INSEAD and a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Double Specialist in Commerce & Finance and Economics, Minor in Mathematics) from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. Victor is a CFA charterholder.

About Kingsdale Advisors:
With offices in Toronto and New York, Kingsdale Advisors is the leading advisor to public companies on all shareholder, governance, and transaction related matters having acted on the largest and highest profile proxy fights, transactions, and other special situations.  Since 2003, public companies across North America have looked to the expertise of Kingsdale Advisors to secure the success of transactions or resolutions driven by shareholder votes.  Kingsdale Advisors' multidisciplinary team offers an array of specialized services focused on strategic and defensive advisory, governance advisory and proxy analytics, strategic communications, and voting analytics.

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