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Eric Brielmann

Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher


For over 13 years, Eric has provided strategic communications counsel to clients involved in special situations, including M&A transactions, shareholder activism, complex litigation, management changes, regulatory investigations, earnings restatements and other crisis events. His areas of expertise include:

Mergers & Acquisitions: He advises clients on the communications challenges involved in both friendly and unsolicited M&A transactions. Notable assignments include Amgen in its acquisition of Onyx Pharmaceuticals; Thermo Fisher Scientific and Life Technologies in their merger; DigitalGlobe in its acquisition of GeoEye; Catalyst Health Solutions in its merger with SXC Health Initiatives; Ralcorp in its spin-off of Post Foods and subsequent sale to ConAgra Foods; Merck in its merger with Schering-Plough; Microsoft in its unsolicited acquisition proposal for Yahoo!; Electronic Arts in its unsolicited acquisition proposal for Take-Two; PeopleSoft in its defense against Oracle's hostile takeover; Public Storage in its unsolicited acquisition of Shurgard; Express Scripts in its unsolicited offer to acquire Caremark; and SIRIUS in its merger with XM.

Shareholder Activism: Assignments include Electronic Arts (Relational Investors); Ralcorp (Corvex); Clearwater Paper (SAC); Nu Skin (short sellers); Astex Pharmaceuticals (Sarissa Capital); Comverge (Raging Capital); Ambassadors Group (Lane Five); Ceridian (Pershing Square); CPI Corp. (Ramius); Cyberonics (Metropolitan Capital Advisors); and Houston Exploration (JANA Partners).

Crisis Communications: He advises companies facing a variety of crisis situations, including litigation, restructurings, fraud and accounting irregularities, government investigations, regulatory actions, litigations, product recalls and sudden management changes. He served as a media advisor and spokesman for NTP, an intellectual property firm that successfully litigated its claims against BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion.

Public Relations and Investor Relations: He develops and implements corporate communications and IR programs to help clients achieve their business objectives. He also provides communications support to private equity firms at both the firm and portfolio company level.

Prior to joining Joele Frank, Eric worked for Vice President Al Gore during the 2000 presidential campaign. During that time, he worked on the Democratic National Convention and spent a month in Florida participating in the 2000 election recount. He provided pro bono public relations counsel to the Hetrick-Martin Institute, home of the Harvey Milk High School, when HMI was preparing to launch its new, publicly-funded New York City high school. Eric received a BA from the University at Albany and an MSc from the London School of Economics.

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