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CRITICAL OF FOREST LABS CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
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New York, New York - August 10, 2011 - The Icahn Group announced today that
Institutional Shareholder Services ("ISS"), one of the leading independent proxy
voting advisory firms, has criticized Forest Labs for flawed corporate
governance, the appearance of nepotism, share price performance and compensation
practices. We think change is needed at Forest Labs and we urge you to use the
GOLD proxy card to vote. We encourage you to read the ISS report and view our
related presentation which can be found at http://www.fixforest.com.
In criticizing Forest Labs corporate governance, ISS makes the following points:
"The image of the CEO sitting in on the ostensibly independent directors as
they discuss whether or not to support him is uncomfortably close to that
of a show trial: A THEATRICAL DEMONSTRATION OF POWER, with a pre-determined
outcome, in which those with ostensible authority must first and foremost
demonstrate their zealous personal loyalty to THE ONE WHO HOLDS REAL
"All the subsequent protestations about personal integrity and independence
RING A LITTLE HOLLOW, when the right course of action - calling an
executive session to let the unaffiliated outside directors debate the
issues in private, without any undue influence from insiders - was both an
OBVIOUS AND EASY CHOICE. That the meeting appears to have been ORCHESTRATED
FROM THE C-SUITE - the General Counsel, rather than the board's own outside
advisors, apparently prepared and presented the materials which shaped the
discussion - does not help matters."
"If there was ever a moment for the independent directors to take matters
into their own hands, this was it. That they FAILED TO DO SO - and perhaps
even FAILED TO RECOGNIZE their own responsibility to do so - is DEEPLY
ISS criticizes the appearance of nepotism in addition to highlighting corporate
"However, the fact that the succession plan involves having a senior
executive - presumably a candidate for the top job - report to his own
father - who presumably has some influence in the matter - is ANOTHER BAD
OMEN. SVP Solomon may in fact be the best candidate for the job, internally
or externally: it is hard to know, if ALL HIS SENIOR LEVEL EXECUTIVE
EXPERIENCE CAME AT THE FIRM HIS FATHER HAS BEEN RUNNING FOR FOUR DECADES.
At a publicly-held company, succession planning should never be confused,
visually or procedurally, with ESTABLISHING A DYNASTY."
"Unaffiliated shareholders SHOULD BE CONCERNED about the degree to which
the independent directors are truly independent of the long-serving
Chairman and CEO. Among the RED FLAGS are these directors' apparent
UNWILLINGNESS TO EXCLUDE THE CEO from high-stakes discussions - such as the
company's response to threatened regulatory action against him individually
- in which he is CLEARLY CONFLICTED, and their apparently easy acceptance
of the FUNDAMENTAL CONFLICT involved in making the CEO's own son one of his
direct reports." (Emphasis Added)
On shareholder return, ISS notes:
"... it is still clear that the company's MEAGER RETURNS to shareholders
over the half decade leading up to the announcement of this proxy contest
have been SUBSTANTIALLY OUTPACED not just by the specialty pharma peers,
but even by a blended group of big and specialty pharma peers"
Additionally, ISS rated Forest Labs compensation practices as a "HIGH CONCERN."
ISS has said that "Despite these concerns about how attentive the incumbent
directors have been to the practice and responsibility of director independence,
we do not find, on balance, that the dissident has made a compelling case that
change is needed at the board level." With all due respect to ISS, it is hard
for us to understand, with all these problems, what else you need to make a
compelling case. It seems to us that ISS themselves have made a compelling case
to remove existing board members.
It is time for change. We strongly encourage all stockholders to vote for
DENNER, MULLIGAN, ENDE and BEBCHUK on the GOLD proxy card.
If you have any questions or require any assistance in executing your proxy,
please call our proxy solicitor, D.F. King & Co., Inc., at (800) 697-6975.
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THE SOLICITATION OF PROXIES BY CARL C. ICAHN, DR. ALEXANDER J. DENNER, DR.
RICHARD MULLIGAN, PROFESSOR LUCIAN A. BEBCHUK, DR. ERIC J. ENDE, MAYU SRIS,
ICAHN PARTNERS LP, ICAHN PARTNERS MASTER FUND LP, ICAHN PARTNERS MASTER FUND II
L.P., ICAHN PARTNERS MASTER FUND III L.P., HIGH RIVER LIMITED PARTNERHIP, HOPPER
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