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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.
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
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