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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.
Category: M&A
Fri., Mar. 4, 2016
Joele Frank, Jaffoni Advise $1.1B Theater Deal
By Editorial Staff
 
AMC theatersJoele Frank and Jaffoni Communications/Investor Relations are advising AMC Entertainment's $1.1B acquisition of Carmike Cinemas to create the largest theater chain in the US.
Category: M&A
Tue., Feb. 23, 2016
Rofin-Sinar Mounts PR Defense
By Editorial Staff
 
Robin-SinarIndustrial laser producer Rofin-Sinar has engaged PR and proxy support as activist investors circle the publicly traded company.
Category: M&A
Mon., Jan. 4, 2016
Johnson Succeeds Jim Abernathy
By Editorial Staff
 
tom johnsonTom Johnson, who leads Abernathy MacGregor's M&A practice and serves as co-president, has been named CEO of the firm, succeeding co-founder Jim Abernathy.
Category: M&A
Wed., Dec. 23, 2015
Rubenstein Works US Investors' Deal for UK Soccer Club
By Editorial Staff
 
crystal palaceRubenstein is handling M&A communications for US investors Josh Harris and David Blitzer as they inked a deal to take control of the Premier League's Crystal Palace soccer franchise.
Category: M&A
Thu., Dec. 17, 2015
L&C Makes First US Deal, Acquires EDF
By Greg Hazley
 
de la fuenteLlorente & Cuenca, the PR group focused on Spain, Portugal and Latin America, has made its first US deal with the acquisition of Miami's EDF Communications.
Category: M&A
Mon., Dec. 7, 2015
Joele Frank, AbMac Brew PR for $13.9B Coffee Deal
By Greg Hazley
 
keurigJoele Frank and Abernathy MacGregor are brewing PR for Keurig Green Mountain's $13.9B go-private sale to Germany's JAB Holding Company.
Category: M&A
Mon., Nov. 23, 2015
DDB Grabs Grupo ABC
By Jon Gingerich
 
DDBDDB Worldwide Communications Group — a division of Omnicom — is slated to acquire Grupo ABC, Brazil’s largest independent advertising and marketing network.
Category: M&A
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
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