UpSpring, which works with clients in the architecture, design and real estate industries, picks up digital marketing studio Epiphany. The acquisition includes Epiphany’s client roster and team of digital marketing specialists; the combined agency now numbers nearly 50 employees. Susan Fernandez, Epiphany founder and now UpSpring’s vice president of digital marketing, will lead all digital efforts for B2B and B2C clients. New services that UpSpring will offer include website auditing, email campaigns and podcasts. The company’s expansion into digital marketing also marks the debut of a redesigned website and branding package for UpSpring that reflects the company’s growth and expanded capabilities. “The acquisition of Epiphany is just one way that UpSpring is expanding its capabilities to reflect the demands of the industry,” said UpSpring CEO Tiffany Rafii.


BerlinRosen acquires a majority stake in Derris, a brand consultancy that has launched such direct-to-consumer brands as Warby Parker, Everlane and Glossier. Derris, which currently has 65 employees in New York and 10 in London, will continue to operate independently. Agency founder Jesse Derris and partner Lisa Frank will remain in place, and no positions will be eliminated. Following an investment from private equity firm O2 in January, BerlinRosen has also acquired a majority stake in Glen Echo Group and diversity, equity and inclusion consultancy Onward.


CommCore Consulting Group launches CommCore Capital Markets, an offering that provides coaching and counsel to private and public company management teams engaging in earnings calls, high-level investor meetings, IPOs, financial roadshows, and Series A/B/C funding rounds. The offering is geared toward helping spokespeople deliver their company’s value proposition and engage with top-tier media and business financial analysts. “In tough markets for fund raising, it’s more important than ever to focus on the company story and rehearsal,” said CommCore CEO Andrew Gilman. “A polished and confident presentation makes a big difference in convincing potential investors.” CommCore is headquartered in Washington D.C., and has offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Dallas and Atlanta.