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.
Mon., Jul. 29, 2013
Don't Count Levy Out in Publicis-Omnicom Blockbuster
By Kevin McCauley
Media 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.
Tue., May 28, 2013
ICR, DDC Work $2B REIT Deal
By Greg Hazley
American 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.
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.
Wed., Mar. 20, 2013
Brunswick: 'Le Bon Temps Rouler' for M&A
By Greg Hazley
Confidence 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.
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Top PR Firms - 2014 Rankings
17 of Top 25 PR Firms Grew in Double Digits in 2013
Independent PR firms showed strong growth in 2013. Eight of the ten largest posted double-digit gains as did nine in the 11 to 25 category and 57 in the complete list of 127.
1. Edelman, NY - $734,177,526
2. APCO Worldwide, D.C. - $120,345,400
3. Waggener Edstrom, Wash. - $117,600,000
4. W2O Group, San Fran. - $75,050,000
5. Ruder Finn, NY - $63,249,000
6. MWW Group, NJ - $48,020,000
7. Finn Partners, New York - $44,375,000
8. ICR, CT - $42,445,157
9. Zeno Group, New York - $35,896,998
10. DKC, New York - $32,896,560
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