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Category: M&AReturn to Latest News
Mon., Aug. 5, 2013
Hager Sharp Acquires Lipman Hearne's D.C. Unit
By Kevin McCauley
 
Hager Sharp is acquiring the Washington office of Lipman Hearne, which is based in Chicago.
Category: M&A
Thu., Aug. 1, 2013
Pay at Top of OMC/Publicis Far From Equal
By Jack O'Dwyer
 
The proposed combination of Omnicom and Publicis is being billed as a merger of equals but the pay packages of OMC CEO John Wren and CFO Randy Weisenburger dwarf the pay given to Maurice Levy of Publicis.
Category: M&A
Wed., Jul. 31, 2013
French Gov't Calls Shots in 'Merger of Equals'
By Kevin McCauley
 
franceFrance's finance minister Pierre Moscovici told French radio that the government said "non" to the initial plan for Publicis Omnicom Group to locate its headquarters in New York.
Category: M&A
Mon., Jul. 29, 2013
Lividini Helps Hudson's Bay Bag Saks
By Kevin McCauley
 
saksNew York-based Lividini & Co., upscale retailer branding and PR shop, is working the press on behalf of Hudson's Bay Co.'s $2.9B acquisition of Saks Inc.
Category: M&A
Mon., Jul. 29, 2013
Don't Count Levy Out in Publicis-Omnicom Blockbuster
By Kevin McCauley
 
Levy, WrenMedia coverage of the "merger of equals" deal cut between Omnicom and Publicis Groupe leads one to think that OMC's John Wren (60) will assume the helm of the world's biggest ad/PR combine, following a 30-month dual CEO run with Maurice Levy (71). One shouldn't bet the farm on that assumption.
Category: M&A
Mon., Jul. 29, 2013
Edelman on the Omnicom-Publicis Merger
By Richard Edelman
 
richard edelmanI congratulate Maurice Levy and John Wren, both friends and worthy competitors, on the bold merger of their companies. I have several thoughts on the historic merger of Publicis and Omnicom.
Category: M&A
Mon., Jul. 29, 2013
Padilla Speer Beardsley to Acquire CRT/tanaka
By Greg Hazley
 
Minneapolis-based Padilla Speer Beardsley has moved to acquire Virginia-based CRT/tanaka to create a 200-staffer firm with revenues topping $30M.
Category: M&A
Fri., Jul. 26, 2013
SV&C Liberates Activision
By Kevin McCauley
 
activision, vivendiSard Verbinnen & Co is handling electronic gamer Activision Blizzard's $8.3B deal to wrestle majority control from France’s Vivendi.
Category: M&A
Wed., Jul. 10, 2013
Finn Acquires Education Pro Widmeyer Communications
By Kevin McCauley
 
Scott WidmeyerFinn Partners has acquired Washington-based Widmeyer Communications, which chalked up $9.8M in fees last year with a strong focus on the education sector.
Category: M&A
Tue., Jul. 9, 2013
Kroger Checks Out PR Counsel in $2.5B Harris Teeter Deal
By Greg Hazley
 
krogerThe top U.S. supermarket chain, Kroger, has engaged PR counsel as it inks a $2.5B acquisition of Harris Teeter, a southeastern chain of grocery stores based in Matthews, N.C.
Category: M&A
Fri., May 31, 2013
Valeant Relies on PR in $8.7B Bausch+Lomb Deal
By Greg Hazley
 
ValeantValeant Pharmaceuticals is relying on outside PR support in its $8.7B acquisition of Bausch + Lomb.
Category: M&A
Wed., May 29, 2013
AMG Fronts China's $4B American Pork Grab
By Kevin McCauley
 
smithfieldThe Abernathy MacGregor Group is fronting the $4.7B acquisition of iconic American pork company Smithfield Foods by China's Shuanghui International Holdings Ltd., the No. 1 meat processor in China.
Category: M&A
Tue., May 28, 2013
ICR, DDC Work $2B REIT Deal
By Greg Hazley
 
ARCP - CapLeaseAmerican Realty Capital Properties and its $2.2B acquisition target CapLease are working with outside PR counsel on the merger to create the third largest U.S. real estate investment trust.
Category: M&A
Mon., May 13, 2013
Firms Work $6.9B BMC Buyout
By Greg Hazley
 
At least four PR firms are engaged in the $6.9B buyout of BMC Software, the publicly traded cloud computing and IT services giant.
Category: M&A
Wed., May 1, 2013
Senior PR Pros Need Not Be Put Out to Pasture [link]
By Greg Hazley
 
M&A consultant Art Stevens says larger PR agencies are increasingly striking deals with senior pros to acquire their business books, giving PR's elder statesmen "new life."
Category: M&A
Fri., Mar. 29, 2013
PR Fuels War of Words in T-Mobile Deal
By Greg Hazley
 
t-mobileMajor players in the T-Mobile-MetroPCS reverse merger deal are leaning on PR support as MetroPCS shareholders throw up roadblocks, contending their company is undervalued.
Category: M&A
Mon., Mar. 25, 2013
Ruder Finn, Brunswick Handle French Apparel Makeover
By Kevin McCauley
 
ppr, keringRuder Finn and Brunswick Group are handling the corporate name change of Paris-based PPR SA.
Category: M&A
Wed., Mar. 20, 2013
Brunswick: 'Le Bon Temps Rouler' for M&A
By Greg Hazley
 
brunswickConfidence among CEOs and boards, economic optimism and plenty of cheap money are key factors driving record expectations in the M&A realm, according to a survey by Brunswick Group.
Category: M&A
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