Contact Joseph Mills
O: +1 (212) 257-1311
M: +1 (201) 300-7344
Over my 32 years I have done virtually everything there is to do in this business. I have worked on proxy solicitations, proxy fights, tender/exchange offers, and takeovers, both friendly and hostile and on offense and defense. I have also opened mail, stuffed envelopes and made hand deliveries.
I have written numerous proxy letters, personally solicited thousands of institutional and individual shareholders, and as one of the longest tenured Shareholder Identification practitioners in the business, I have spent tens of thousands of hours monitoring and offering thoughtful perspective about a client’s stock ownership and turnover.
When I started in the business issuers were busy erecting takeover defenses against corporate raiders. The corporate governance reform movement was just beginning. I have witnessed the raiders and other takeover players morph into shareholder activists. I have witnessed the birth of the proxy advisory community and the vast expansion of the hedge fund universe. I have witnessed the dramatic increase in shareholder power and influence.
I fell into this business right out of college and I feel very fortunate because I love it! I love the excitement and the intrigue of the high stakes situations. I love gathering intelligence which brings more clarity to my client’s strategic choices. I love the jousting which goes on with investors and other constituents. I love collaborating with fellow advisors in support of a client’s goals. I love being hands-on. Most of all I love developing and maintaining strong client relationships.