Laurie Hays advises on strategic, financial and corporate governance communications. She spent more than 30 years in the finance media world as a reporter and leader of newsrooms at the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg, where she built the global activism and deals team. At Edelman she provides counsel to CEO’s, their communications teams and Boards of Directors.
Laurie has served as a key advisor on numerous high stakes situations in mergers and acquisitions, activism defense, #MeToo and CEO transitions. She helped the independent directors of CBS with litigation against the majority shareholder, as well as Under Armour, New York Public Radio and the Humane Society of the U.S. with workplace misconduct allegations. She worked on communications for CEO transitions at WeWork, SAP, Campbell Soup, DaVita, CLS Group and Equifax. She advised Argo Group and E.W. Scripps’ in successful defenses of proxy fights as well as activism defenses for AIG and Yahoo. Laurie has advised on crisis and litigation situations for Lending Club, Facebook, 21st Century Fox and Avianca Airlines. She worked on M&A deals for SAP’s acquisition of Qualtrics, Air Liquide S.A.’s acquisition of Air Gas, Anheuser-Busch’s acquisition of SAB Miller and 21st Century Fox’s offer to buy Sky.
Prior to Edelman, Laurie was a partner at Brunswick Group focused on financial communications and transactions. Most of her career was spent as a financial journalist at the Wall Street Journal for 23 years and Bloomberg News for 7 years. She reported from Moscow during the fall of the Soviet Union and later took on senior editing roles at both news organizations. Laurie’s teams won numerous financial journalism awards and Pulitzer prizes in 2003 for reporting on corporate accounting scandals and in 2008 for a series explaining inverted mergers.
Laurie is a graduate of Harvard College with an honors degree in American History. She serves on the boards of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, The Marshall Project, and the Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism. She is a member of both the Council on Foreign Relations and the Economic Club of New York.
Some of Laurie’s written works include:
- The Fearless Boardroom – Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, 9/24/19
- Cyber Lessons and #MeToo Risk - Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, 5/9/19
- The Board, CEO Misconduct, and Corporate Culture - Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, 1/12/19
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