Caplan Communications, which celebrates its 18th anniversary on Feb. 4, was listed as the No. 1 firm for environmental groups in the recently published “The Role of Public Relations Firms in Climate Change Politics,” an investigation into the PR industry’s influence in climate politics. Caplan’s practice also represented the EPA union’s Save the U.S. EPA campaign, wrapping up after the 35-day federal government shutdown ended. Other Caplan clients include American Rivers, Center for Science in the Public Interest, Defenders of Wildlife, Earthjustice, Environment America, Natural Resources Defense Council, National Wildlife Federation and Union of Concerned Scientists.
Barabino & Partners, an Italian communications group with fully owned subsidiaries in London, Berlin and New York, acquires B2P Communications Consulting, a Franco-German consulting firm specialized in strategic communication and media relations, with offices in Paris, Berlin and Munich. During an initial transition phase, B2P will remain independent and continue to be led by its founder, Bénédicte de Peretti, alongside Federico Steiner, managing director and equity partner of B&P. Philipp Lehmann will progressively take over the responsibility for B2P’s German and international activities, while Frank Paul Weber will lead the team in Paris. The German subsidiary of B&P, Barabino & P. Deutschland GmbH, founded in 2009, will continue to be managed by partner Laura Bruzzone. “When approaching B2P we were, first of all, attracted its distinctive positioning on the Franco-German axis, i.e., two of the most important European markets and two key countries for the European Unions,” said Steiner.
Allison+Partners forms an affiliate relationship with São Paulo-based agency Talquimy, increasing the Latin America footprint of Allison+Partners-branded offices to ten. Talquimy will operate as Allison+Partners Brazil and agency partners Ronald Mincheff, Leticia Lyra and Fábio Siqueira will lead the business operation for the market. In addition to Brazil, the agency has operations in Mexico, Costa Rica, Peru, El Salvador, Guatemala, Panama, Honduras and Ecuador. The new relationship also increases Allison+Partners’ presence in 34 markets worldwide. “Our partnership with Talquimy allows us to expand our service offerings to clients looking to do business in Brazil, which boasts a bustling consumer, business, industrial and startup ecosystem,” said Allison+Partners global chief operating officer Jonathan Heit.
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