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Edelman Exec. VP Shapiro Joins Stifel

Tue, Dec. 5, 2017

By Steve Barnes

Neil ShapiroStifel Financial has named former Edelman executive VP Neil Shapiro to the newly created position of director and head of institutional group communications. (1 reader comment)

Kekst Advises CVS in Blockbuster Aetna Deal

Mon, Dec. 4, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

CVSKekst & Co. advised CVS Health in its blockbuster $77B cash/stock/debt deal to acquire Aetna, the nation’s No. 3 insurer, a move destined to reshape the healthcare sector. (3 reader comments)

Hiltzik Reels In Barracuda Deal

Tue, Nov. 28, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

BarracudaHiltzik Media Strategies handles press for private equity firm Thoma Bravo as it inks a $1.6B deal to acquire Barracuda Networks, which provides security for cloud-based networks.

Sard Verbinnen Fends Off Icahn

Mon, Nov. 27, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Carl IcahnSard Verbinnen & Co. represents SandRidge Energy as it adopts a “poison pill” provision to head off a potential raid by activist Carl Icahn, who has knocked as "nonsensical" its $750M proposal to acquire Bonanza Energy. (1 reader comment)

Morgen-Walke Re-Launches as AdvisIRy Partners

Tue, Nov. 21, 2017

By Steve Barnes

Lynn MorgenAdvisIRy Partners Group LLC has launched as a successor to investor relations agency Morgen-Walke Associates, which had been the biggest independent IR shop

Content Marketing Commonplace Among Asset Management Firms

Thu, Nov. 16, 2017

By Jon Gingerich

smallThe use of content marketing is now nearly ubiquitous among the world’s largest asset managers, with most publishing new content on at least a weekly basis and across multiple channels, according to a recent report by BackBay Communications.

Joele Frank Reps Largest Tech Deal Ever

Tue, Nov. 7, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Joele FrankJoele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher is working Broadcom's $130B offer for semiconductor rival Qualcomm in a deal that, if completed, would create a "one-stop shop for smartphone companies."

Rockwell Nixes Emerson’s Bid Via Joele Frank

Wed, Nov. 1, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Blake MoretRockwell Automation is using Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher as it rejects an unsolicited $28B takeover bid by Emerson, the St. Louis-based industrial/residential products giant.

FTI’s PR Unit Posts 5.1% Growth

Thu, Oct. 26, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Steven GunbyFTI Consulting today reported that its strategic communications unit enjoyed a 5.1 percent growth spurt to $48.2M driven by a hike in retainer-based revenues. The segment’s EBITDA jumped 8.0 percent to $8.1M.

‘Vested Suggested’ Goes Live on Alexa

Mon, Oct. 23, 2017

By Steve Barnes

Dan SimonVested has launched what it says is the first news product on Amazon Alexa developed specifically for PR professionals in finance.

ICR Sings ‘Goodbye Ruby Tuesday’

Wed, Oct. 18, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Ruby Tuesday logoICR Inc. is handling Ruby Tuesday as the sit-down casual dining format restaurant chain says farewell to the stock market.

WPP Boss Sorrell Demands ADK Come Clean

Tue, Oct. 17, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

ADKWPP chief Martin Sorrell wants 24.7 percent-owned Asatsu-DK to disclose the number of potential financial partners approached and the extent of those discussions as he steps up opposition to Bain Capital's $1.3B tender offer for the Japanese ad agency.

Blicksilver PR Works Weinstein Co.'s 'Bailout'

Mon, Oct. 16, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

The Weinstein CompanyOwen Blicksilver PR is handling today’s news that Colony Capital agreed to pump a cash infusion into embattled The Weinstein Co. and to negotiate the acquisition of the entire company or key assets.

Sard Verbinnen Shops at Nordstrom

Mon, Oct. 16, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

NordstromSard Verbinnen & Co. is handling news that Nordstrom family members have put on hold plans to purchase the 70 percent stake of the department chain that they do not own

'Strong Brand' is Vital for PE Firms

Fri, Oct. 13, 2017

By Steve Barnes

Bill HaynesA strong brand is a must-have for private equity firms when it comes to fundraising, deal sourcing and recruiting. That’s the conclusion reached by a new study from BackBay Communications and PitchBook.

Sorrell Targets ADK’s Deal with Bain

Thu, Oct. 12, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Martin SorrellWPP chief Martin Sorrell stepped up criticism of Asatsu-DK’s planned sale to Bain Capital, dismissing the $1.3B offer as significantly undervaluing Japan’s No. 3 advertising agency. 

Lipin Launches Gladstone Place Partners

Tue, Oct. 10, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Steve LipinSteve Lipin, ex-Brunswick Group US chief and Wall Street Journal lead M&A reporter and finance editor, has opened Gladstone Place Partners in New York.

Nasdaq Explores Sale of PR/Digital Units

Fri, Sep. 29, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

NasdaqNasdaq is exploring "strategic alternatives" for its $195M revenues PR and digital units as part of CEO Adena Friedman's effort to bolster the electronic stock exchange's expansion of its technology, data and analytics businesses.