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Brunswick Jumps In The Autonomy/HP Deal

Photo: Tim Ireland, PA

Autonomy, the tech company that is now in the process of being acquired by HP, has hired Brunswick Group to help with the deal. The company already worked with FD on financial communications matters. Richard Jacques, a Brunswick partner, and Chris Blundell, a director at the firm, are handling the work.

Shares of the company’s stock leaped 75 percent with the announcement of the proposed deal.

Total aside, we’re sitting near a TV and just heard the Lea Michele TouchPad ad playing in the back. *Sigh*

[via PRWeek UK]

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A String of London-Based Corporate PR Pros Strike Out on Their Own

Brunswick is one of the London firms that has had a number of departures

The London Evening Standard says that a number of the city’s corporate PR gurus are setting off on their own, launching new firms that are depriving their old firms of their talents.

Among the new firms is Stockwell Group, launched by former Maitland CEO Philip Gawith, Tim Burt, formerly of Brunswick, and former Friends Provident in-house PR leader Nick Boakes. Three FD MDs are among the execs that have also departed from their respective firms to start their own businesses.

The newspaper highlights a few reasons for the moves: a group of execs who feel they may have hit a ceiling at large firms where execs are firmly rooted in their positions, optimism about the economy, and growth in the industry.

There’s also the question of personal financial growth, which Brunswick is addressing.

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Roll Call: Judith McHale, Isobar, Teneo, and More

Judith McHale, the Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy, has announced she’ll be stepping down after two years in the position. The role is one that has been focused on “winning the hearts and minds” of Muslim populations around the world. It’s a job that we’ve characterized as “America’s Publicist.” Previous undersecretaries include James Glassman and Karen Hughes.  [via Heritage.org]

Sara Ramsey has joined global comms company Isobar as MD of the San Francisco office. Previously, she was the VP of account management at Real Branding. She is replacing Tara Moss, who is moving to another position within parent company Aegis Media North America.

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Abernathy Tops Mergermarket Ranking

Brunswick is working with AT&T on the T-Mobile USA deal, but Abernathy MacGregor tops the mergermarket ranking for deal value.

Abernathy MacGregor Group leads the pack for value of international deals in Q1 2011 according to the latest mergermarket League Tables. The firm worked on 16 deals worth $73.3 billion, putting it ahead of Brunswick Group, which came in at number two with 41 deals valued at $67.9 billion, and Sard Verbinnen, which handled 21 deals valued at about $64.4 billion. According to mergermarket, this is the first time since the rankings began in 2001 that Abernathy has topped the list.

And, The New York Times Dealbook blog notes that Brunswick is advising on the biggest deal of the quarter, AT&T’s purchase of T-Mobile USA. (Brunswick is working with AT&T while Kekst & Co is working with T-Mobile.)

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