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Fri., Apr. 22, 2016
Walek Exits Peppercomm to Launch New Agency
By Jon Gingerich
Peaks StrategiesThomas Walek, whose financial services shop Walek & Associates was acquired in 2013 by Peppercomm, has left that agency to form a new venture titled Peaks Strategies. Peppercomm financial unit name WalekPeppercomm has now been phased out.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Mon., Apr. 18, 2016
Finsbury, Hering Schuppener Get Closer
By Editorial Staff
finsbury, hering schuppenerWPP-owned financial PR heavyweights Finsbury and Hering Schuppener have forged an partnership and dropped out of previous alliances as they unite under a common brand.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Wed., Apr. 13, 2016
Pacific Explores Restructuring with Sitrick
By Editorial Staff
Pacific Exploration & ProductionSitrick and Company is handling communications for Pacific Exploration & Production Corp., the Canadian-Columbian oil company facing a significant debt burden and low energy prices.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Mon., Apr. 11, 2016
PR Firms Work Boingo Proxy Challenge
By Editorial Staff
BoingoPR firms have entered the fray as Boingo Wireless fends off a proxy challenge from activist hedge fund Ides Capital Management.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Fri., Apr. 8, 2016
inVentiv Health Slates Public Offering
By Editorial Staff
inVentiv HealthInVentiv Health, the healthcare group that includes agencies like Chandler Chicco Agency and Chamberlain Healthcare PR, is going public.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Fri., Apr. 1, 2016
Startupbootcamp Signs Cognito for New York Program
By Jon Gingerich
StartupbootcampCognito has been named U.S. agency of record for business accelerator network Startupbootcamp FinTech to aid with that program's rollout in New York.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Wed., Mar. 30, 2016
Wynn Leans on Kekst in 'Family Feud' Suit
By Editorial Staff
Elaine WynnElaine Wynn is working with Kekst and Company as the co-founder of Wynn Resorts sues to regain shares of the company amid a family struggle over the publicly traded casino giant.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Mon., Mar. 21, 2016
Sherwin-Williams, Valspar Engage PR Help in $11.3B Deal
By Editorial Staff
sherwin-williamsSherwin-Williams and Valspar have engaged outside PR counsel in S-W's $11.3B move on its rival coatings producer.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Wed., Mar. 9, 2016
ASC Leads PR Charge in United Continental Proxy Challenge
By Editorial Staff
United Continental AirlinesTwo hedge funds have engaged outside PR counsel as they mount a proxy challenge to airline giant United Continental Holdings' board.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Thu., Mar. 3, 2016
Sard Verbinnen Tackles Sports Authority Bankruptcy
By Editorial Staff
sports authorityTSA Stores, the Colorado-based parent of the Sports Authority retail chain, has engaged Sard Verbinnen & Co. for PR support as it navigates Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Wed., Mar. 2, 2016
Brunswick Aids ICE in Potential London Stock Exchange Bid
By Editorial Staff
iceIntercontinental Exchange, the publicly traded exchange and clearing house operator, is working with Brunswick Group for outside PR support as it mulls a bid for the London Stock Exchange.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Fri., Feb. 26, 2016
Bank of Indonesia Banks on Ogilvy
By Jon Gingerich

OgilvyOgilvy PR Indonesia has won a contract to provide brand and communication services for Bank of Indonesia, that country's central bank.

Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Wed., Feb. 17, 2016
MMGY Draws Private Equity Investors
By Editorial Staff
mmgyMMGY Global has drawn "significant" private equity investment from Peninsula Capital Partners and Fine Equity Partners.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Tue., Feb. 16, 2016
Sloane Supports $11.3B ITC Deal
By Editorial Staff
Power linesITC Holdings Corp., the publicly traded electricity transmission provider, relied on Sloane & Company for PR support in its $11.3B acquisition by Canada's Fortis Inc.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Tue., Feb. 9, 2016
Four Firms in $1.1B Apollo Go-Private Deal
By Editorial Staff
University of PhoenixA quartet of PR firms is working the four-way deal to take for-profit education giant Apollo Education private in a $1.1B transaction.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Wed., Feb. 3, 2016
Sard, Joele Frank Take Sides in $2.9B Bid for Axiall
By Editorial Staff
Westlake & AxiallWestlake Chemical Corp. has engaged Sard Verbinnen & Co. and Mackenzie Partners to drum up support for its $20-per-share bid for Axiall Corp.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Tue., Feb. 2, 2016
Ferguson Fills Cognito VP Slot
By Jon Gingerich

Bill FergusonNew York-based Cognito has appointed Bill Ferguson to the role of vice president.

Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Mon., Feb. 1, 2016
Brunswick Remains M&A PR King
By Editorial Staff
Merger MarketBrunswick Group retained its grip as the top global M&A PR advisor in 2015 by number of deals and deal value, representing 209 transactions worth nearly $1T in a year dubbed the biggest for M&A ever.
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