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Category: M&AReturn to Latest News
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
Wed., Aug. 12, 2015
Sloane, Kekst in Dow's AgroFresh Sale
By Greg Hazley
agrofreshSloane & Company and Kekst and Company worked M&A PR for Dow Chemical's $810M sale of its AgroFresh specialty chemicals business to Boulevard Acquisition Corp., a publicly traded investment vehicle of Avenue Capital Group.
Category: M&A
Mon., Aug. 3, 2015
PR Firms Take Sides in $1.75 Hostile Bid for Depomed
By Greg Hazley
depomedDepomed has engaged Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher to bolster its PR defense as it fends off a $1.75B hostile bid from Horizon Pharma.
Category: M&A
Fri., Jul. 17, 2015
Joele Frank Sets M&A PR Pace in First Half
By Greg Hazley
the dealJoele Frank, advising 58 transactions in the first six months of the year, was the top M&A PR adviser for the period, according to The Deal.
Category: M&A
Thu., Jun. 25, 2015
Sard Verbinnen Aids A&P Amid Struggles
By Greg Hazley
A&PThe 156-year-old Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. has engaged Sard Verbinnen & Co. as it struggles to stave off a potential second bankruptcy filing in five years.
Category: M&A
Mon., Jun. 22, 2015
Joele Frank Works $2B Med Equipment Tie-Up
By Greg Hazley
hill-romJoele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher is advising medical device maker Hill-Rom in its $2B merger of rival Welch Allyn.
Category: M&A
Fri., Jun. 5, 2015
Brunswick Aids IPO-Bound SunGard
By Greg Hazley
sungardSunGard, the financial industry software provider, is relying on Brunswick Group for outside PR support as it pursues an initial public offering.
Category: M&A
Mon., Jun. 1, 2015
Kekst, Rubenstein, Weber in $1B OM Deal
By Greg Hazley
om groupThree PR firms are working Apollo Global Management's $1B purchase of OM Group as the private equity firm plans to take the industrial company private and sell its electronic chemicals and photomasks operation.
Category: M&A
Thu., May 28, 2015
M&A in the UK PR sector
By Dave Armon
dave armonIt's hard to overestimate the energy and momentum that comes from buying innovative startups and integrating them into a successful business.
Category: M&A
Tue., May 26, 2015
M&A Pro Jacobs to Abernathy
By Greg Hazley

jeremy jacobsJeremy Jacobs, senior VP focused on financial communications at FleishmanHillard, has moved to The Abernathy MacGregor Group as a managing director.

Category: M&A
Mon., May 18, 2015
Sard in $13.6B Danaher-Pall Deal, Split
By Greg Hazley
pallDanaher Corp. is working with Sard Verbinnen & Co. on the PR front of its $13.8B acquisition of water filtration systems maker Pall Corp., and subsequent plan to split into two companies.
Category: M&A
Thu., May 14, 2015
Brunswick in $2.1B Shale Drilling Deal
By Greg Hazley
shaleBrunswick Group is advising Rosetta Resources in its $2.1B merger into Noble Energy, a deal some say could rejuvenate the shale oil market amid a plunge in oil prices.
Category: M&A
Thu., May 7, 2015
PR Firms Work Global Data Merger Drama
By Greg Hazley
telecityA $4.5B merger of data center operators has clouded as one of the firms, UK-based Telecity, said today it is has been approached by US-based Equinix in a $3.5B takeover bid.
Category: M&A
Wed., Apr. 22, 2015
Joele Frank Leads Q1 PR Deal Advisors
By Greg Hazley
the dealJoele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher far outpaced M&A PR advisors in the first quarter of 2015 advising 30 transactions, according to The Deal.
Category: M&A
Wed., Apr. 8, 2015
PR Firms Advise Massive $70B Shell-BG Deal
By Greg Hazley
shellBrunswick Group and Finsbury are advising the blockbuster $70B acquisition of the UK's BG Group by Royal Dutch Shell.
Category: M&A
Thu., Mar. 19, 2015
M&A Dealmakers See Rise in Activism for 2015
By Greg Hazley
brunswickMost dealmakers expect an increase in M&A activity in 2015 fueled by shareholder activism, but the increase will not be on the scale of a blockbuster 2014, according to Brunswick Group.
Category: M&A
Mon., Feb. 23, 2015
PR Firms Work $10.1B Valeant-Salix Pharma Deal
By Greg Hazley
xifaxanSard Verbinnen & Co. and Teneo Strategy are outside PR counsel for Valeant Pharmaceuticals' $10.1B acquisition of Salix Pharmaceuticals, the Raleigh, N.C., maker of drugs for gastrointestinal disorders.
Category: M&A
Wed., Feb. 18, 2015
Joele Frank Tops 2014 M&A PR Firms in US
By Greg Hazley
deal tablesJoele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher logged PR duties for 101 deals in 2014 to top The Deal's annual league tables.
Category: M&A
Wed., Feb. 4, 2015
Sloane Helps Sandell Ratchet Up Pressure on Pipeline Operator
By Greg Hazley
semgroupActivist hedge fund Sandell Asset Management Corp is ratcheting up pressure on pipeline operator SemGroup Corp. with PR help from Sloane & Co to push for a sale of the Oklahoma-based company.
Category: M&A
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Wed., Oct. 26
Integrated Communications in the Life Sciences
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NBC Doubling Down on Buzzfeed
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Tue., Oct. 25
The Problem with Cable TV Political Coverage
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Tue., Oct. 25
Leveraging Technology to Shape Health Messaging
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Mon., Oct. 24
Redefining Success: a Timeless Debate
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Mon., Oct. 24
Trump Fails Presidential Character Test, Bigly
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Fri., Oct. 21
Missed Opportunity of the 2016 Al Smith Dinner
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Fri., Oct. 21
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Fri., Oct. 21
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