M&A Ranking: International top positions for Finsbury, Hering Schuppener and GPG

BY:Finsbury Glover Hering

This article was originally published on Finsbury.com

London, UK, July 16th, 2020 – Together with its strategic partners Hering Schuppener and The Glover Park Group (GPG), Finsbury, the global strategic communications consultancy, has been named the number one M&A advisor in Mergermarket’s rankings for the first half of 2020. Despite the challenging market conditions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the strategic partners have accompanied a total of 38 mergers and acquisitions in the past six months, subsequently taking the first place in Europe once again. Globally, with nearly 60 total transactions and a total transaction value of more than $86 billion, the strategic partnership ranks first place in the global ranking by deal value.

With a transaction volume of $72 billion, the partnership ranks first in the US and Germany respectively, and second place in the UK. Notable transactions during the period include the ongoing acquisition of Grubhub by Just Eat Takeaway.com, the announced merger of Virgin Media, part of Liberty Global, with Telefónica's British O2 business and the sale of Deutsche Glasfaser to EQT Partners and OMERS Infrastructure.

Faeth Birch, Managing Partner, said: "We are pleased we have been able to work with clients to get deals done in this challenging time, leveraging our strengths in integrated M&A campaigns, across politics and regulation, owned and earned media and employee engagement. Our performance advising on global multimarket deals and the resulting ranking illustrates the collective strength of our professionals across the world. As Finsbury Glover Hering comes together as one firm, we will be able to leverage this expertise and work together even more closely to deliver outstanding service to our clients.”

Last week Finsbury, Hering Schuppener and The Glover Park Group announced the merger to form Finsbury Glover Hering, a leading global consultancy for strategic communications and public affairs. In Mergermarket's M&A ranking, the three consultancies have been jointly ranked since 2017. With the merger, the three companies formalise their strategic partnership, which Finsbury and Hering Schuppener had entered into in 2016 and which GPG has joined in 2017. For the past three years, the strategic partnership has already offered its clients access to a global network of now almost 700 experienced experts in strategy, financial communications and public affairs consulting. With 1,500 accompanied transactions with a total value of more than two trillion US dollars in the last ten years alone, Finsbury Glover Hering are already today a global leader in capital market communications.


Global: PR advisor table | Deal Value USD

H1 2020 Company name H1 2020 Value H1 2019 Value
1 Finsbury Hering Schuppener GPG 86,568 79,899
2 Joele Frank Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher 83,419 393,987
3 Brunswick Group 75,043 326,371
4 Sard Verbinnen & Co 49,371 356,997
5 Kekst CNC (Publicis) 44,870 335,057
6 Community Group 27,046 8,229
7 Edelman 24,224 61,616
8 FTI Consulting 17,519 57,370
9 Abernathy MacGregor Group (AMO) 14,586 154,472
10 Corporate Communications 12,407

(Source: mergermarket)

Europe: PR advisor table | Deal Value USD

H1 2020 Company name H1 2020 Value H1 2019 Value
1 Finsbury Hering Schuppener GPG 77,319 44,480
2 Joele Frank Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher 67,925 31,638
3 Brunswick Group 36,202 70,995
4 Community Group 26,395 8,229
5 Kekst CNC (Publicis) 15,515 100,161
6 Sard Verbinnen & Co 14,796 125,043
7 FTI Consulting 13,323 48,571
8 Corporate Communications 12,407
9 FinElk 10,467
10 Teneo 9,676 5,987

(Source: mergermarket)

Germany: PR advisor table | Deal Value USD

H1 2020 Company name H1 2020 Value H1 2019 Value
1 Finsbury Hering Schuppener GPG 56,935 13,805
2 Community Group 18,841 5,603
3 Kekst CNC (Publicis) 12,575 36,547
4 FTI Consulting 8,452 7,925
5 Havas Paris (AMO) 8,200
6 Joele Frank Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher 8,200 9,302
7 Kirchhoff Consult AG 2,701 187
8 Edelman 1,800 91
9 Maitland (AMO) 1,329 882
10 Weber Shandwick 1,315

(Source: mergermarket)


Dorothy Burwell


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About Finsbury Glover Hering

Finsbury Glover Hering is a new preeminent global strategic communications advisory firm, headquartered in New York City, with almost 700 multidisciplinary experts across the world’s major financial, government, business and cultural centers. The company was formed through the merger of the leading strategic communications consultancies Finsbury, The Glover Park Group (GPG) and Hering Schuppener. The firm provides combined support in Government Relations & Policy and Advocacy, Corporate Reputation & Leadership Strategies, Crisis & Issues Management, Transaction & Financial Communications as well as Business Transformation, supported by Research and Insights, Digital Strategy, Media Planning and Creative Solutions.

Finsbury Glover Hering serves its global client base from offices in Abu Dhabi, Beijing, Berlin, Brussels, Dubai, Dublin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Moscow, New York, Riyadh, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo and Washington, D.C.

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