D.F. King first began operating in stakeholder engagement more than 70 years ago. Today, D.F. King is one of the leading and most trusted providers of proxy and other stakeholder services worldwide, specialising in campaigns for mergers and acquisitions, general meetings, shareholder activism, corporate governance and debt liability management.
In 2014 D.F. King was acquired by American Stock Transfer & Trust Company (AST) and Link Group (Link), both of which were at the time, majority owned by Australian-based Pacific Equity Partners. AST bought New York-based D.F. King Inc, giving it rights in North and South America, while Link Group bought London-based D.F. King Ltd, giving it the rights to the D.F. King brand in all other world markets. Both D.F. King Inc and D.F. King Ltd work together to deliver a seamless global service to listed companies. Outside the Americas, D.F. King Ltd operates closely with investor relations specialist Orient Capital, another member of the Link Group, to support capital markets transactions globally through offices in London, Paris, Frankfurt, Johannesburg, Hong Kong and Sydney.