KANSAS CITY, Kan., Nov. 3, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Epiq Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:EPIQ), a leading global provider of integrated technology solutions for the legal profession, today announced that it has reached an agreement with St. Denis J. Villere & Company, L.L.C. ("Villere") regarding the composition of the Company's Board of Directors and other matters.
Under the terms of the agreement, Epiq has appointed Kevin L. Robert to Epiq's Board of Directors, effective immediately. Mr. Robert is the former Global Chief Executive Officer of Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting. With the addition of Mr. Robert, the Epiq Board expands to nine members, seven of whom are independent directors and all of whom are elected annually. Mr. Robert will join the committee established by the Epiq Board to review the Company's business strategy and alternatives, as well as one or more of the Board's standing committees.
Tom W. Olofson, chairman and CEO of Epiq Systems, said, "We are pleased to have reached this agreement with Villere, a long-term shareholder of the Company, and welcome Mr. Robert to the Board. We look forward to benefitting from Mr. Robert's fresh perspective and unique insight as Epiq's Board and management continue to explore a full range of strategic and financial alternatives with the goal of enhancing value for all Epiq shareholders."
"We believe that Mr. Robert will be a great addition to the Company's Board of Directors," said George V. Young, a partner at Villere. "Mr. Robert has impressive financial and business acumen and a broad range of experience."
As part of the agreement between Epiq and Villere, which beneficially owns approximately 16% of the outstanding shares of Epiq's common stock, Villere will vote in favor of the Board's nominees at Epiq's 2015 Annual Meeting. Villere has also agreed to certain customary standstill provisions. The full text of the agreement between Epiq and Villere will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission as an exhibit to Epiq's current report on Form 8-K.
Credit Suisse Securities is serving as financial advisor, and Kirkland & Ellis LLP is serving as legal advisor to the Company.
About Kevin L. Robert
Kevin L. Robert brings extensive experience driving business development and expansion after working in the accounting and tax industry for over 30 years. Mr. Robert served as Global Chief Executive Officer of Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting from 2010 to 2013. He previously served as the firm's President/Chief Executive Officer, North America and as President/Chief Executive Officer, North America & Asia Pacific, where he developed strategies to increase revenue and profit growth and drove marketing and growth strategies. Mr. Robert began his career with Wolters Kluwer after it acquired CCH in 1995, where he held multiple positions, including VP of Sales and Marketing, Head of Customer Management and Vice President of Sales and Marketing for CCH Publishing. Mr. Robert graduated from University of New Orleans with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and holds a Master of Business Administration from Pepperdine University.
About Epiq Systems
Epiq Systems is a leading global provider of integrated technology solutions for electronic discovery, bankruptcy, class action and mass tort administration. We offer full-service capabilities to support litigation, investigations, financial transactions, regulatory compliance and other legal matters. Our innovative technology and services, combined with deep subject-matter expertise, provide reliable solutions for the professionals we serve. Visit us at www.epiqsystems.com.
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