Sard Verbinnen & Co (SVC) is a leading strategic corporate and financial public relations firm recognized for its transaction communications, media and investor relations and work in activism defense, crisis and special situations, corporate positioning, corporate governance, research, social media and online communications.
Led by George Sard, Paul Verbinnen and 23 other partners, SVC's talented team includes former lawyers, investment bankers and analysts, investor relations officers, journalists, public affair advisors, and proxy solicitors – most of whom have been with the firm well over a decade. With more than 150 employees across its five offices in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and London, SVC is uniquely positioned to provide its counsel and services to clients including multinational corporations, smaller public and private companies, investment firms, professional services firms, educational and cultural institutions, and high-profile individuals.
Founded in 1992, SVC is well known for delivering sound and objective strategic counsel, excellent written product and tactical execution, and tireless advocacy on behalf of our clients, and is regularly cited as one of the top M&A and crisis communications advisors in North America. The firm is also distinguished by its unparalleled relationships and credibility with the media and deep understandings of the business, investment, and thought leadership communities.
SVC recently strengthened its research capabilities with the acquisition of ARC Research, enabling it to provide a deeper level of analysis on specialized subject matters across the firm’s core practices. ARC offers a unique brand of research-based consulting centered around a results-driven analytical approach that enables clients to better understand relationships with key constituencies. SVC also provides a range of advisory services in the corporate governance and proxy communications arena, where we bring a strong understanding of key corporate governance issues and how they are viewed by investors, and have experience engaging with proxy advisory groups and governance professionals at major institutions. Additionally, the firm continues to expand its acclaimed Digital Communications Group, which is integrated closely into all its engagements to provide interactive content creation, website design, social media, graphics, and design strategy and services that help clients more effectively communicate their stories.
In May 2016, Golden Gate Capital made a substantial minority equity investment in SVC, and the partnership and capital infusion are expected to accelerate SVC’s growth plans and capitalize on its leading market position.