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Category: M&AReturn to Latest News
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
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
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NBC Doubling Down on Buzzfeed
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Tue., Oct. 25
The Problem with Cable TV Political Coverage
By Arthur Solomon
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Tue., Oct. 25
Leveraging Technology to Shape Health Messaging
By John Carnett
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Mon., Oct. 24
Redefining Success: a Timeless Debate
By Stephanie DeViteri
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Mon., Oct. 24
Trump Fails Presidential Character Test, Bigly
By Bodine Williams
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Fri., Oct. 21
Missed Opportunity of the 2016 Al Smith Dinner
By Patrick Hirigoyen
Patrick Hirigoyen

Fri., Oct. 21
It’s Not What You Know, But Who You Know
By Loren Antonio Duran
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Fri., Oct. 21
Defenders of the Healthcare Brand
By Lisa Kersey
Lisa Kersey

Thu., Oct. 20
Healthy Reputations Essential in Healthcare
By Gil Bashe &
Kristie Kuhl
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Wed., Oct. 19
Understanding the Executive Power of the President
By Robert Dilenschneider
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Wed., Oct. 19
PR Lessons From the Political Campaign
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Wed., Oct. 19
Keeping Pace in an Evolving Marketplace
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Mon., Oct. 17
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City of Redmond

Fri., Oct. 14
Compton Calls for Comms.
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Tue., Oct. 11
FL Airport Seeks PR Pitches
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Thu., Oct. 6
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Wed., Oct. 5
Hawaii Calls for PR Services
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Tue., Oct. 4
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