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Mon., Nov. 23, 2015
Brunswick Aids Diebold in $1.8B Bid for German IT Firm
By Greg Hazley
 
dieboldATM and financial software provider Diebold has engaged Brunswick Group to support PR for its bid to acquire Germany's Wincor Nixdorf.
Category: M&A
Fri., Nov. 20, 2015
Joele Frank, Sard Work Chinese Chip Maker's Play for Pericom
By Greg Hazley
 
pericomChinese microchip maker Montage Technology Group and Silicon Valley's Pericom Semiconductor Group have engaged financial PR counsel in a three-way play to acquire Pericom.
Category: M&A
Tue., Nov. 17, 2015
Isentia Acquires King Content
By Matthew Schwartz
 
isentiaWith King Content on board, Isentia can now offer clients several additional services, such as content creations and content marketing strategy.
Category: M&A
Tue., Nov. 17, 2015
Sard Works $12B Marriott-Starwood Deal
By Greg Hazley
 
Marriott Marquis DubaiSard Verbinnen & Co. is providing PR counsel in Marriott International's $12.2B bid to acquire Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, a deal to create the largest hotel company.
Category: M&A
Tue., Nov. 3, 2015
Sard, Joele Frank Work $7B TeamHealth Courtship
By Greg Hazley
 
teamhealthSard Verbinnen & Co. and Joele Frank are prescribing PR counsel for the scuttled $7.6B healthcare acquisition of TeamHealth Holdings by AmSurg Corp.
Category: M&A
Wed., Oct. 28, 2015
Brunswick, Finsbury Advise Walgreens, Rite Aid Blockbuster
By Greg Hazley
 
walgreensBrunswick Group and Finsbury are advising Walgreens' blockbuster $9.4B acquisition of Rite Aid, a major consolidation of top pharmacy chains.
Category: M&A
Mon., Oct. 19, 2015
ICR, Weber Work $1.5B Jostens Deal
By Greg Hazley
 
JostensJarden Corp. is relying on ICR and Weber Shandwick in its $1.5B acquisition of class ring and yearbook giant Jostens.
Category: M&A
Tue., Oct. 13, 2015
Anheuser-Busch InBev-SABMiller Combo Creates Biggest Beer Company
By Matthew Schwartz
 

AB-InBevWith mergers and acquisitions fever starting to grip a growing number of markets, senior PR executives need to think about what role they could play should their company become a buyer (or seller).

Category: M&A
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.
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