1 Rockefeller Plaza 10th Floor
10020 New York, NY
Display phone number 1 (212) 468-5380
Peter C. Harkins
Jordan M. Kovler


Founded by industry veterans, Harkins Kovler, LLC is an independent proxy solicitation firm specializing in shareholder activism, M&A transactions and proxy contests for board representation and control. Our experience includes many of the most complex and contentious M&A transactions and proxy contests occurring in the U.S. and Europe over the past thirty years. 

We achieve superior results for clients by combining the time-tested methodologies of established proxy solicitation providers with the creative vision, data-driven rigor, client-specific strategies and personalized guidance of a boutique, while working innovatively and constructively with our clients’ legal, financial and public relations advisors to secure desired outcomes. 

We provide clients and their advisors with the diagnostics required for accurate assessments of the risks posed by activism and for the proper planning of investor outreach programs to marshal requisite levels of support in M&A transactions and proxy contests.

Our strategic advice flows directly from our own due diligence regarding share ownership, including projections of likely voting by shareholders based primarily on extensive prior experience in numerous similar campaigns. Our analyses illustrate the overall nature and scope of the challenges posed, while highlighting alternative paths to optimal outcomes based on likelihood of success. 

We also develop, implement and coordinate comprehensive and multifaceted investor outreach programs to maximize shareholder support in M&A transactions and in proxy contests for board representation. Our campaigns are matched carefully to individual client needs, and we routinely assist clients and their advisors with timely adaptations to company-specific, industry and market developments and trends, including ongoing and anticipated changes in share ownership. 


  • Shareholder Activism Defense

  • M&A and Contested Proxy Solicitations

  • Contested Consent Solicitations

  • Vote Projection Analyses

  • Share Ownership Profiles and Trading Analyses

  • Information Agent Services in Tender/Exchange Offers

  • Corporate Governance Consulting

  • Litigation Support