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MDC Partners Reports Inducement Grants Under NASDAQ Listing Rule 5635(c)(4)

New York, NY, June 21, 2019 (NASDAQ: MDCA) – MDC Partners Inc. (the “Company”) announced today that it had granted inducement awards to its newly-appointed Chief Financial Officer, Frank Lanuto.  Effective, June 12, 2019, the Company granted to Mr. Lanuto (i) 225,000 stock appreciation rights (“SARs”) in respect of the Company’s Class A subordinate voting shares (“Class A Shares”), which will be settled in Class A Shares, with an exercise price equal to $2.19 and (ii) 225,000 SARs which will be settled in Class A Shares, with an exercise price equal to $5.00 (clause (i) and (ii) collectively, the “Lanuto SARs”).  The Lanuto SARs will vest and be exercisable in full in three equal installments on each of the first three (3) anniversaries of June 10, 2019, subject to Mr. Lanuto’s continued employment with the Company through each vesting date. The Lanuto SARs will expire on the fifth anniversary of Mr. Lanuto’s employment commencement date to the extent not exercised, and will be subject to accelerated vesting upon (i) death or disability, (ii) termination of employment without “Cause” or with “Good Reason,” or (iii) a change in control of the Company. The Company granted these awards as a material inducement to Mr. Lanuto’s employment with the Company in accordance with NASDAQ Listing Rule 5635(c)(4).

About MDC Partners Inc.
MDC Partners is one of the most influential marketing and communications networks in the world. As “The Place Where Great Talent Lives,” MDC Partners is celebrated for its innovative advertising, public relations, branding, digital, social and event marketing agency partners, which are responsible for some of the most memorable and effective campaigns for the world’s most respected brands. By leveraging technology, data analytics, insights and strategic consulting solutions, MDC Partners drives creative excellence, business growth and measurable return on marketing investment for over 1,700 clients worldwide. For more information about MDC Partners and its partner firms, visit our website at www.mdc-partners.com and follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/mdcpartners.

Alexandra Delanghe Ewing
Chief Communications Officer