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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.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Wed., Jan. 20, 2016
Dow Plunges 500+ at Mid-Day on Oil Price Drop
By Jack O'Dwyer

Dow Jones AvgStocks were hammered worldwide today as oil dropped below $27 a barrel. It was $145-$147 in 2008. The Dow Jones average was off 541 points at 12:30 p.m. but the loss was cut to 249.28 or -1.56% by the close.

Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Tue., Jan. 19, 2016
Intermarket Incorporates Kingsley
By Jon Gingerich
Michael KingsleyIntermarket Communications has appointed Michael Kingsley to the role of senior account supervisor.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Thu., Jan. 14, 2016
Nasdaq Launches New IR Platform
By Jon Gingerich

NasdaqNasdaq has unveiled Nasdaq IR Insight, the stock exchange's next generation platform for financial executives and investor relations pros. 

Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Wed., Jan. 13, 2016
Joele Frank Tackles Ch. 11 PR for Sherwin, Arch Coal
By Editorial Staff
Arch CoalJoele Frank has picked up bankruptcy PR assignments from Arch Coal and Sherwin Alumina.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Wed., Jan. 13, 2016
Univ of Phoenix Parent Gets PR Help
By Editorial Staff
University of PhoenixApollo Education Group, the for-profit higher education juggernaut behind the University of Phoenix, has engaged Brunswick Group for PR as it pursues "strategic alternatives" that could include a sale of the publicly traded company.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Thu., Jan. 7, 2016
Sloane, Sard in Ally Financial Board Battle
By Editorial Staff
allyAlly Financial and Lion Point Capital have engaged PR counsel as the hedge fund makes a bid for two seats on the board of the former auto-lending unit of General Motors bailed out in the 2008 financial crisis.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Thu., Jan. 7, 2016
AbMac Moves Key LA Execs to San Francisco
By Editorial Staff
heather wilsonAbernathy MacGregor sees opportunity in M&A, financial, tech and crisis PR in Bay Area's robust economy.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Fri., Dec. 18, 2015
Brunswick Secures PR for Dell's SecureWorks IPO
By Editorial Staff
secureworksBrunswick Group is securing PR for Dell's spinoff of SecureWorks, the cloud computing security company.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Fri., Dec. 11, 2015
Norfolk Southern Books Joele Frank Amid $30B Takeover Talk
By Greg Hazley
Norfolk SouthernRailroad giant Norfolk Southern has booked Joele Frank for financial PR support as it rejects takeover overtures from Canadian Pacific.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
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
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Tue., Nov. 22
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