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Fri., Mar. 21, 2014
Media General Merges With Lin
By Kevin McCauley
Richmond’s Media General is acquiring Lin Media of Providence for cash and stock worth $2.6B in a transaction that will result in a combine of 74 owned/serviced TV stations reaching 23 percent of American households.
Category: M&A
Fri., Mar. 7, 2014
Publicis Acquires Hawkeye
By Kevin McCauley
France’s Publicis Groupe is acquiring Hawkeye, digital marketing/analytics shop based in Dallas.
Category: M&A
Fri., Mar. 7, 2014
Weber Shandwick, Glover Park Shop $9B Safeway-Albertsons Deal
By Kevin McCauley
albertsonsWeber Shandwick and Glover Park Group are working the $9B acquisition of Safeway by Cerberus Capital Management and its Albertsons operation.
Category: M&A
Thu., Mar. 6, 2014
The Deal Crowns Joele Frank
By Greg Hazley
the dealThe Deal has crowned Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher as the top M&A PR firm in the U.S. for 2013 as the firm worked 79 transactions during the year.
Category: M&A
Wed., Feb. 19, 2014
MDC Picks Up Proxy Firm
By Kevin McCauley
kingsdaleMDC Partners has acquired a majority stake in Kingsdale Shareholder Services, corporate communications/proxy solicitation firm in Toronto, in a move to cash in on increased stockholder activism.
Category: M&A
Thu., Jan. 23, 2014
Joele Frank, FTI Lead Global M&A PR for 2013
By Greg Hazley
mergermarketJoele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher was the top global M&A PR advisor in 2013 based on deal value.
Category: M&A
Thu., Jan. 16, 2014
Joele Frank Supports Apollo in $1.3B Chuck E. Cheese Deal
By Greg Hazley
check e cheeseApollo Global Management is receiving PR support from Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher in its $1.3B acquisition of CEC Entertainment, the owner of the Chuck E. Cheese chain.
Category: M&A
Tue., Jan. 14, 2014
SV, Ashton Front Suntory's $13.6B Beam Deal
By Kevin McCauley
beamSard Verbinnen & Co and Tokyo’s Ashton Consulting are handling Suntory Holdings’ audacious $13.6B for U.S. bourbon institution Beam Inc.
Category: M&A
Fri., Jan. 10, 2014
Publicis Acquires Qorvis
By Kevin McCauley
PublicisPublicis Groupe is acquiring Washington-based Qorvis Communications, which ranks as the No. 10 independent PR firm with fees of $30M.
Category: M&A
Mon., Jan. 6, 2014
Kekst, Devine Work Big Honey Deal
By Greg Hazley
honeyPR firms advise Peak Rock Capital's Jan. 2 acquisition of revamped honey producer Natural American Foods.
Category: M&A
Thu., Jan. 2, 2014
Stanton Furnishes PR in Bain-Bob's Deal
By Greg Hazley
New York-based Stanton PR & Marketing furnished PR support for Bain Capital as the private equity firm took a majority stake Dec. 30 in retailer Bob's Discount Furniture, a deal pegged around $350M.
Category: M&A
Wed., Dec. 18, 2013
Sorrell Makes Move on Davos Vet
By Kevin McCauley
WPP has acquired a 30 percent stake in Richard Attias & Assocs., event producer which put the Davos Forum annual Switzerland gabfest of movers & shakers on the map.
Category: M&A
Tue., Dec. 10, 2013
Sysco Gets PR Counsel in $8.2B US Foods Deal
By Greg Hazley
syscoFood distributor Sysco is relying on outside PR counsel in its blockbuster $8.2B acquisition of rival US Foods.
Category: M&A
Fri., Dec. 6, 2013
Prosek Works $860M General Chemical Deal
By Greg Hazley

genchemNew York private equity firm American Securities is working with outside PR counsel on its $860M sale of General Chemical to Canada's Chemtrade Logistics.

Category: M&A
Thu., Oct. 10, 2013
KKR Relies on RLM Finsbury in $1B Deal
By Kevin McCauley
KKR, the equity firm founded by Henry Kravis and George Roberts, is using WPP’s RLM Finsbury in its $1B takeover of The Crosby Group and Acco Material Handling Solutions from Melrose Industries.
Category: M&A
Wed., Oct. 2, 2013
JF Works $7B Midstream Energy Deal
By Greg Hazley
Houston-based gas Crestwood Midstream Partners is relying on outside PR counsel through its acquisition of Inergy of Kansas City to create a $7B gas pipeline operator.
Category: M&A
Mon., Sep. 9, 2013
Molex Gets PR Help in Blockbuster Koch Industries Deal
By Greg Hazley
molexMolex Industries has engaged outside PR support as the publicly traded maker of electronic connectors is acquired by Koch Industries for $7.2B.
Category: M&A
Wed., Aug. 28, 2013
Brunswick Advises Latest Chinese Firm Going Private
By Greg Hazley

simcereSimcere Pharmaceutical Group, the Nanjing-based generic pharmaceutical maker, is relying on PR counsel and representation in the U.S. and China as it becomes the latest Chinese company to pull out of a U.S. stock listing.

Category: M&A
Tue., Aug. 6, 2013
RLM Finsbury Works $1B British Energy Buy in US
By Greg Hazley
hess, direct energyHouston-based Direct Energy gets PR support in its $1B purchase of Hess' B2B energy supply business.
Category: M&A
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
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