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Fri., Oct. 9, 2015
A Baker's Dozen: Strategic Tips for PR Buyers and Sellers
By Rick Gould
Rick GouldAs the PR M&A market heats up, what do potential buyers (and sellers) need to think about?
Category: M&A
Thu., Oct. 8, 2015
Gannett Acquires Journal Media for $280 Million
By Matthew Schwartz

GannettThe deal is in keeping with the ongoing roll-up throughout the media, as traditional media brands join forces and create better scale for consumers and media buyers.

Category: M&A
Tue., Oct. 6, 2015
Sard Mounts PR Defense for HeartWare
By Greg Hazley
heartwareHeartWare International, which tangling with an activist investor opposed to its $860M acquisition of Valtech Cardio, is relying on Sard Verbinnen & Co. for PR support.
Category: M&A
Mon., Oct. 5, 2015
MWWPR Acquires Berk Communications
By Matthew Schwartz
MWWPR & BerkBerk Communications will become an independent subsidiary of MWWPR and continue to operate under its own name.
Category: M&A
Tue., Sep. 29, 2015
AbMac Works $1.4B Chem Deal
By Greg Hazley
kraton, arizonaKraton Performance Polymers has engaged Abernathy MacGregor Group to handle communications for its $1.37B purchase of Arizona Chemical.
Category: M&A
Wed., Aug. 12, 2015
Sloane, Kekst in Dow's AgroFresh Sale
By Greg Hazley
agrofreshSloane & Company and Kekst and Company worked M&A PR for Dow Chemical's $810M sale of its AgroFresh specialty chemicals business to Boulevard Acquisition Corp., a publicly traded investment vehicle of Avenue Capital Group.
Category: M&A
Mon., Aug. 3, 2015
PR Firms Take Sides in $1.75 Hostile Bid for Depomed
By Greg Hazley
depomedDepomed has engaged Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher to bolster its PR defense as it fends off a $1.75B hostile bid from Horizon Pharma.
Category: M&A
Fri., Jul. 17, 2015
Joele Frank Sets M&A PR Pace in First Half
By Greg Hazley
the dealJoele Frank, advising 58 transactions in the first six months of the year, was the top M&A PR adviser for the period, according to The Deal.
Category: M&A
Thu., Jun. 25, 2015
Sard Verbinnen Aids A&P Amid Struggles
By Greg Hazley
A&PThe 156-year-old Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. has engaged Sard Verbinnen & Co. as it struggles to stave off a potential second bankruptcy filing in five years.
Category: M&A
Mon., Jun. 22, 2015
Joele Frank Works $2B Med Equipment Tie-Up
By Greg Hazley
hill-romJoele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher is advising medical device maker Hill-Rom in its $2B merger of rival Welch Allyn.
Category: M&A
Fri., Jun. 5, 2015
Brunswick Aids IPO-Bound SunGard
By Greg Hazley
sungardSunGard, the financial industry software provider, is relying on Brunswick Group for outside PR support as it pursues an initial public offering.
Category: M&A
Mon., Jun. 1, 2015
Kekst, Rubenstein, Weber in $1B OM Deal
By Greg Hazley
om groupThree PR firms are working Apollo Global Management's $1B purchase of OM Group as the private equity firm plans to take the industrial company private and sell its electronic chemicals and photomasks operation.
Category: M&A
Thu., May 28, 2015
M&A in the UK PR sector
By Dave Armon
dave armonIt's hard to overestimate the energy and momentum that comes from buying innovative startups and integrating them into a successful business.
Category: M&A
Tue., May 26, 2015
M&A Pro Jacobs to Abernathy
By Greg Hazley

jeremy jacobsJeremy Jacobs, senior VP focused on financial communications at FleishmanHillard, has moved to The Abernathy MacGregor Group as a managing director.

Category: M&A
Mon., May 18, 2015
Sard in $13.6B Danaher-Pall Deal, Split
By Greg Hazley
pallDanaher Corp. is working with Sard Verbinnen & Co. on the PR front of its $13.8B acquisition of water filtration systems maker Pall Corp., and subsequent plan to split into two companies.
Category: M&A
Thu., May 14, 2015
Brunswick in $2.1B Shale Drilling Deal
By Greg Hazley
shaleBrunswick Group is advising Rosetta Resources in its $2.1B merger into Noble Energy, a deal some say could rejuvenate the shale oil market amid a plunge in oil prices.
Category: M&A
Thu., May 7, 2015
PR Firms Work Global Data Merger Drama
By Greg Hazley
telecityA $4.5B merger of data center operators has clouded as one of the firms, UK-based Telecity, said today it is has been approached by US-based Equinix in a $3.5B takeover bid.
Category: M&A
Wed., Apr. 22, 2015
Joele Frank Leads Q1 PR Deal Advisors
By Greg Hazley
the dealJoele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher far outpaced M&A PR advisors in the first quarter of 2015 advising 30 transactions, according to The Deal.
Category: M&A
Wed., Apr. 8, 2015
PR Firms Advise Massive $70B Shell-BG Deal
By Greg Hazley
shellBrunswick Group and Finsbury are advising the blockbuster $70B acquisition of the UK's BG Group by Royal Dutch Shell.
Category: M&A
Thu., Mar. 19, 2015
M&A Dealmakers See Rise in Activism for 2015
By Greg Hazley
brunswickMost dealmakers expect an increase in M&A activity in 2015 fueled by shareholder activism, but the increase will not be on the scale of a blockbuster 2014, according to Brunswick Group.
Category: M&A
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