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Wed., May 14, 2014
Sard Aids $4.3B Hillshire-Pinnacle Foods Deal
By Greg Hazley
 
pinnacleSard Verbinnen & Co is assisting Hillshire Brands in its $4.3B acquisition of Pinnacle Foods, announced this week.
Category: M&A
Thu., May 8, 2014
AbMac, H+K Brew PR For Dutch Coffee King
By Kevin McCauley
 

demasterAbernathy MacGregor Group and Hill+Knowlton Strategies are behind the media push for Amsterdam-based D.E. Master Blenders 1753's deal to merge its coffee business with brands of Mondelez International to create a pure play company with $7B in global revenues.

Category: M&A
Tue., Apr. 29, 2014
RLM Finsbury Helps AstraZeneca's Dodge of Pfizer
By Kevin McCauley
 
RLM Finsbury is handling AstraZeneca's media regarding Pfizer's takeover overtures, a move largely reported as a tax dodge by the New York-based pharmaceutical giant.
Category: M&A
Thu., Apr. 10, 2014
PR Firms Work to Cement $60B Global Deal
By Greg Hazley
 
lafargeGlobal cement giants Lafarge and Holcim have engaged PR counsel in their $60B blockbuster merger announced April 7.
Category: M&A
Fri., Mar. 21, 2014
Media General Merges With Lin
By Kevin McCauley
 
Richmond’s Media General is acquiring Lin Media of Providence for cash and stock worth $2.6B in a transaction that will result in a combine of 74 owned/serviced TV stations reaching 23 percent of American households.
Category: M&A
Fri., Mar. 7, 2014
Publicis Acquires Hawkeye
By Kevin McCauley
 
France’s Publicis Groupe is acquiring Hawkeye, digital marketing/analytics shop based in Dallas.
Category: M&A
Fri., Mar. 7, 2014
Weber Shandwick, Glover Park Shop $9B Safeway-Albertsons Deal
By Kevin McCauley
 
albertsonsWeber Shandwick and Glover Park Group are working the $9B acquisition of Safeway by Cerberus Capital Management and its Albertsons operation.
Category: M&A
Thu., Mar. 6, 2014
The Deal Crowns Joele Frank
By Greg Hazley
 
the dealThe Deal has crowned Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher as the top M&A PR firm in the U.S. for 2013 as the firm worked 79 transactions during the year.
Category: M&A
Wed., Feb. 19, 2014
MDC Picks Up Proxy Firm
By Kevin McCauley
 
kingsdaleMDC Partners has acquired a majority stake in Kingsdale Shareholder Services, corporate communications/proxy solicitation firm in Toronto, in a move to cash in on increased stockholder activism.
Category: M&A
Thu., Jan. 23, 2014
Joele Frank, FTI Lead Global M&A PR for 2013
By Greg Hazley
 
mergermarketJoele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher was the top global M&A PR advisor in 2013 based on deal value.
Category: M&A
Thu., Jan. 16, 2014
Joele Frank Supports Apollo in $1.3B Chuck E. Cheese Deal
By Greg Hazley
 
check e cheeseApollo Global Management is receiving PR support from Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher in its $1.3B acquisition of CEC Entertainment, the owner of the Chuck E. Cheese chain.
Category: M&A
Tue., Jan. 14, 2014
SV, Ashton Front Suntory's $13.6B Beam Deal
By Kevin McCauley
 
beamSard Verbinnen & Co and Tokyo’s Ashton Consulting are handling Suntory Holdings’ audacious $13.6B for U.S. bourbon institution Beam Inc.
Category: M&A
Fri., Jan. 10, 2014
Publicis Acquires Qorvis
By Kevin McCauley
 
PublicisPublicis Groupe is acquiring Washington-based Qorvis Communications, which ranks as the No. 10 independent PR firm with fees of $30M.
Category: M&A
Mon., Jan. 6, 2014
Kekst, Devine Work Big Honey Deal
By Greg Hazley
 
honeyPR firms advise Peak Rock Capital's Jan. 2 acquisition of revamped honey producer Natural American Foods.
Category: M&A
Thu., Jan. 2, 2014
Stanton Furnishes PR in Bain-Bob's Deal
By Greg Hazley
 
New York-based Stanton PR & Marketing furnished PR support for Bain Capital as the private equity firm took a majority stake Dec. 30 in retailer Bob's Discount Furniture, a deal pegged around $350M.
Category: M&A
Wed., Dec. 18, 2013
Sorrell Makes Move on Davos Vet
By Kevin McCauley
 
WPP has acquired a 30 percent stake in Richard Attias & Assocs., event producer which put the Davos Forum annual Switzerland gabfest of movers & shakers on the map.
Category: M&A
Tue., Dec. 10, 2013
Sysco Gets PR Counsel in $8.2B US Foods Deal
By Greg Hazley
 
syscoFood distributor Sysco is relying on outside PR counsel in its blockbuster $8.2B acquisition of rival US Foods.
Category: M&A
Fri., Dec. 6, 2013
Prosek Works $860M General Chemical Deal
By Greg Hazley
 

genchemNew York private equity firm American Securities is working with outside PR counsel on its $860M sale of General Chemical to Canada's Chemtrade Logistics.

Category: M&A
Thu., Oct. 10, 2013
KKR Relies on RLM Finsbury in $1B Deal
By Kevin McCauley
 
KKR, the equity firm founded by Henry Kravis and George Roberts, is using WPP’s RLM Finsbury in its $1B takeover of The Crosby Group and Acco Material Handling Solutions from Melrose Industries.
Category: M&A
Wed., Oct. 2, 2013
JF Works $7B Midstream Energy Deal
By Greg Hazley
 
Houston-based gas Crestwood Midstream Partners is relying on outside PR counsel through its acquisition of Inergy of Kansas City to create a $7B gas pipeline operator.
Category: M&A
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