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Thu., Dec. 10, 2015
Joele Frank Aids Pep Boys in Courtship
By Greg Hazley
pep boysPublicly traded automotive service chain Pep Boys has engaged Joele Frank for PR support as it nixes a merger plan with Bridgestone Retail in favor of a larger cash offer from investor Carl Icahn.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Tue., Dec. 8, 2015
Sitrick Aids Millennium in Chapter 11
By Greg Hazley
Sitrich And CompanyDrug testing lab Millennium Health, which overbilled the federal government by more than $250M, is working with Sitrick and Company on its pre-packaged Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Fri., Nov. 13, 2015
Blueshirt Guides IPO Communications for Instructure
By Greg Hazley
instructureThe Blueshirt Group is supporting communications for Instructure, the cloud-based education software provider maker a run at industry institution Blackboard.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Wed., Oct. 28, 2015
PR Strategies for IPO Preparation
By Donna LaVoie
Donna LaVoieWhen companies plan to go public, establishing a communications process where PR/IR teams play a significant role in the beginning is essential to the process’ success.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Fri., Oct. 23, 2015
Brunswick Backs Pure Storage IPO
By Greg Hazley
pure storagePure Storage, the Silicon Valley maker of enterprise flash storage systems that went public this month, engaged Brunswick Group for PR support through its scrutinized IPO.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Mon., Sep. 28, 2015
Sard Mounts PR Defense for Saba Hedge Fund
By Greg Hazley
sabaSaba Capital Management, the $1.6B hedge fund run by a Deutsche Bank exec, is relying on Sard Verbinnen & Co. for PR support as it faces accusations by a large Canadian pension fund in US court.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Wed., Sep. 23, 2015
Edelman Acquires UK's Smithfield
By Kevin McCauley
EdelmanEdelman has acquired Smithfield Consultants, the London-based financial communications and IR shop.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Mon., Sep. 21, 2015
FTI Works $4.6B Global Semiconductor Deal
By Greg Hazley
dialogFTI Consulting's strategic communications operation is advising Silicon Valley's Atmel Corp. in its $4.6B acquisition by London-based Dialog Semiconductor.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Wed., Sep. 16, 2015
What a Client's IPO Means to the PR Team
By Mark Thabit
Mark ThabitHow a PR team perceives a client's brand may differ from how investors and consumers classify it. This is a major pitfall for communicators.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Thu., Sep. 10, 2015
Segal Puts on Blueshirt
By Kevin McCauley
Sarah SegalSarah Segal, who was corporate communications director at CafePress, has joined The Blueshirt Group as media relations & corporate marketing director.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Fri., Sep. 4, 2015
Sloane Aids Puerto Rico Bondholders
By Greg Hazley
prepaBondholders of Puerto Rico's electric utility have engaged Sloane & Company for communications support as they zero in on terms to restructure a large portion of the power entity's $9B in debt.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Thu., Sep. 3, 2015
FH's Carney Joins Guggenheim Partners
By Kevin McCauley
GuggenheimGerald Carney, a nine-year veteran of FleishmanHillard's financial and professional services offering, is joining Guggenheim Partners on Sept. 7 in Santa Monica as managing director and media strategist.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Thu., Aug. 27, 2015
Brunswick Aids Acelity, Eying $1B IPO
By Greg Hazley
acelityBrunswick Group is advising Acelity Holdings on the PR front as the San Antonio-based medical technology developer focused on wound care and regenerative medicine eyes an initial public offering that could raise as much as $1B.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Thu., Aug. 20, 2015
SV&C, Edelman Work Deal For 'Female Viagra' Marketer
By Kevin McCauley
addyiSard Verbinnen & Co, Edelman handle $1B deal for marketer of Addyi, the first federally approved drug to treat female sexual desire disorder.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Tue., Aug. 18, 2015
Sloane Aids Sandell as Activist Pressures Ethan Allen
By Greg Hazley
ethan allenSloane & Company is bolstering PR for activist hedge fund Sandell Asset Management as it ratchets up pressure on furniture maker Ethan Allen Interiors.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Wed., Aug. 12, 2015
Walmart VP of IR to Depart
By Greg Hazley
carol schumacherCarol Schumacher, VP of investor relations for Walmart who held top communications posts at Kerr-McGree and Home Depot, is leaving the retailer after 11 years this month.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Wed., Aug. 12, 2015
The Art of IPO Communications
By Michael Fox
michael foxCompanies going public face new scrutiny from by stakeholders, investors, analysts, regulators and the financial media. Under the transformation, companies need to change the way they do PR.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Tue., Aug. 11, 2015
Columbia House Parent Books Sitrick for Bankruptcy PR
By Greg Hazley
columbia houseFilmed Entertainment, the parent company of the Columbia House direct-to-consumer DVD and (former) CD seller, has engaged Sitrick and Company for PR counsel amid its Aug. 10 bankruptcy filing.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Tue., Aug. 11, 2015
AbMac Works PR for Blockbuster Buffett Buy
By Greg Hazley
precisionAbernathy MacGregor Group is providing outside PR counsel to Precision Castparts as the aerospace components maker inks a deal to be sold to Berkshire Hathaway for $32.3B.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Thu., Aug. 6, 2015
Financial Market Disruption: Risk or Opportunity?
By Patrick Ruppe
Patrick RuppeThe financial services sector is facing a watershed moment. New technologies and historic regulations are disrupting long-established business models and creating new industry categories.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Wed., Aug. 5, 2015
Communicating With Investors When Disaster Strikes
By Rhonda Barnat
O'Dwyer's Aug. '15 Financial/IR MagazineYou’re the head of communications for a public corporation in the manufacturing sector that has been public for a year. You’re responsible, among other things, for sharing the corporation’s story with audiences that matter. You’re doing everything right. Then the unexpected occurs.
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