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Wed., Sep. 7, 2016
Sard Works $760M Ironplanet Deal
By Greg Hazley
 
iron planetPublicly traded industrial auctioneer Ritchie Bros. relied on Sard Verbinnen & Co. for PR support in its $760M acquisition of venture-backed online auctioneer IronPlanet.
Category: M&A
Mon., Aug. 22, 2016
Kekst Works EQT's Press Ganey Buy
By Editorial Staff
 
EQTSweden-based private equity group EQT engaged Kekst and Company for PR counsel in its $2.35B acquisition of Press Ganey Holdings, the patient survey administrator for healthcare institutions.
Category: M&A
Wed., Aug. 3, 2016
Brunswick, FTI Crowned M&A PR Kings for First Half of 2016
By Editorial Staff
 
mergermarketBrunswick Group and FTI Consulting led global M&A PR advisors for the first half of 2016, according to mergermarket.
Category: M&A
Tue., Aug. 2, 2016
Multiple Factors Fueling PR M&A Acceleration
By Rick Gould
 
Rick GouldSeveral trends are fueling an increase in transactions in the current public relations M&A market.
Category: M&A
Mon., Jul. 25, 2016
Joele Frank Leads First Half M&A Firms
By Editorial Staff
 
the dealJoele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher led deal PR advisers in the first half of 2016 with 47 transactions, according to The Deal.
Category: M&A
Wed., Jul. 20, 2016
Joele Frank Works InterOil Bidding War
By Editorial Staff
 
interoilInterOil Corp., a publicly traded oil and gas company, has engaged US PR support as it faces competing acquisition bids backed by ExxonMobil and France's Total.
Category: M&A
Wed., Jul. 13, 2016
Rubenstein, Sitrick Advise Hostess IPO
By Editorial Staff
 
Hostess BrandsSitrick & Company and Rubenstein Associates are advising the private equity-backed deal to take Twinkie maker Hostess Brands public on the Nasdaq exchange.
Category: M&A
Tue., Jun. 21, 2016
Brunswick Reps Investment Vehicle of Ex-Gillette Chief
By Editorial Staff
 
james kiltsConyers Park Acquisition Corp., the Greenwich, Conn., blank check company of former Gillette CEO James Kilts eyeing $350M in an IPO, is working with Brunswick Group on the PR front.
Category: M&A
Fri., Jun. 17, 2016
Sard Verbinnen, ICR Work $870M Elizabeth Arden Deal
By Editorial Staff
 
elizabeth ardenSard Verbinnen & Co. and ICR are advising Revlon's $870M acquisition of Elizabeth Arden.
Category: M&A
Wed., Jun. 15, 2016
Stanton, Joele Frank, Brunswick in $4.65B Digital Security Deal
By Editorial Staff
 
bluecoatStanton PR & Marketing, Brunswick Group and Joele Frank are advising Symantec's $4.65B acquisition of Blue Coat Systems in a deal underscoring the importance of cybersecurity amid high-profile breaches.
Category: M&A
Thu., May 26, 2016
Sard, Joele Frank in $8.4B REIT Deal
By Editorial Staff
 
REITNew York REIT and The JBG Companies have engaged outside PR counsel for their $8.4B combination into a real estate trust in New York and Washington, D.C.
Category: M&A
Wed., May 25, 2016
The First Meeting Between Seller and Buyer
By Art Stevens
 
Art StevensThe do's and don'ts associated with how to approach a first meeting between would-be agency sellers and buyers.
Category: M&A
Wed., May 25, 2016
PR Firms Work Bayer's $62B Bid for Monsanto
By Editorial Staff
 
MonsantoBayer has engaged Finsbury and Hering Schuppener for PR support of its audacious $62B bid for agricultural technology company Monsanto.
Category: M&A
Fri., May 13, 2016
A People-Focused Approach to M&A
By Phillip A. Nardone Jr.
 
Phillip A. Nardone Jr.In order to ensure a lasting and mutually beneficial union, agency heads must strike a delicate balance between science and intuition. (1 reader comment)
Category: M&A
Tue., May 10, 2016
Abernathy MacGregor Serves PR in $1.35B Krispy Kreme Deal
By Editorial Staff
 
Krispy KremeJAB Holding Co., the acquisitive European investment fund, is relying on Abernathy MacGregor Group for PR support in its $1.35B acquisiton of donut giant Krispy Kreme.
Category: M&A
Wed., Apr. 27, 2016
Kekst Works Diamond Crystal Brands Sale
By Editorial Staff
 
Diamond Crystal BrandsKekst and Company is representing Peak Rock Capital in its acquisition of foodservice supplier Diamond Crystal Brands from Hormel Foods.
Category: M&A
Tue., Apr. 19, 2016
Joele Frank Leads M&A Advisors in Q1
By Editorial Staff
 
the dealJoele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher led US M&A PR advisors in the first quarter with 18 deals, according to The Deal.
Category: M&A
Wed., Apr. 13, 2016
Gould to Publish PR M&A Guide
By Jon Gingerich
 

Doing It The Right WayGould+Partners managing partner Rick Gould has penned a new how-to book on PR agency mergers and acquisitions.

Category: M&A
Thu., Apr. 7, 2016
Survey: M&A Market to Pick Up in 2016
By Jon Gingerich
 

KPMG SurveyThe U.S. may expect to see an uptick in mergers and acquisitions activity in 2016, according to a recent survey of executives leading industries across the M&A market.

Category: M&A
Tue., Mar. 22, 2016
Brunswick: US M&A Expected to Slip, Trump Favored
By Editorial Staff
 
Donald TrumpMost US dealmakers expect the red-hot North American M&A market to cool this year, according to Brunswick Group's annual survey.
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