Christopher M. Hayden is a Senior Managing Director in Georgeson’s Proxy Division. He joined Georgeson in 1995. During his tenure at Georgeson, he has consulted with many corporations on defensive and offensive tactics in proxy contests, tender offers and other extraordinary transactions. He advises public companies on corporate governance issues. He also has extensive experience counseling investment management companies facing shareholder proposals and proxy contests.
Chris also specializes in providing solicitation advice to investment management companies. He routinely counsels closed-end funds engaged in proxy fights, tender offers and rights offerings. Throughout the course of his career, Chris has managed more than 1,000 closed-end fund shareholder meetings.
Chris is also a principal of Georgeson Securities Corporation where he oversees the firm’s dealer-manager activities. He holds Series 7, 24 and 63 licenses.
He received a B.A. in Political Science from Colgate University. He is a member of the Society for Corporate Governance and has been a featured guest speaker at industry events including regional Society chapter conferences, The Investment Company Institute’s Closed-End Fund Conference, Practising Law Institute’s Understanding the Securities Laws program as well as many other law firm and advisor conferences.