2020 PR Agency M&A Transactions

Agency M&A Lists:

The following public relations agency M&A transactions were announced in 2020. To be included on this list, the buying or selling agency must have public relations or integrated communications as one of its core services. Data about the buyers and sellers is derived from publicly-available information in press releases, media coverage, agency websites, and LinkedIn.

Sloane & Company

Sloane & Company acquired by Stagwell Group / SKDKnickerbocker

Seller: Sloane & Company (New York, NY)
Buyer: Stagwell Group / SKDKnickerbocker (New York, NY)

Announced: February 20, 2020
Buyer Type: Holding Company
Seller Employees: 50
Seller Founded: 1998
Seller Focus: Financial
Coverage: PRWeek | O’Dwyer’s

MIX PR

MIX PR acquired by Raffetto Herman Strategic Communications

Seller: MIX PR (Seattle, WA)
Buyer: Raffetto Herman Strategic Communications (Seattle, WA)

Announced: February 11, 2020
Buyer Type: Independent
Seller Employees: 10
Seller Founded: 2010
Seller Focus: Technology
Coverage: Announcement

CGPR

CGPR acquired by French/West/Vaughan

Seller: CGPR (Marblehead, MA)
Buyer: French/West/Vaughan (New York, NY)

Announced: February 3, 2020
Buyer Type: Independent
Seller Employees: 7 
Seller Founded: 1993
Seller Focus: Outdoor Lifestyle
Coverage: Announcement | PR Week

Scribe

Scribe acquired by Vested

Seller: Scribe (New York, NY)
Buyer: Vested (New York, NY)

Announced: January 30, 2020
Buyer Type: Independent
Seller Employees: 12
Seller Founded: 2016
Seller Focus: Content
Coverage: PR Week

Diplolicy

Diplolicy acquired by LLYC

Seller: Diplolicy (Barcelona, Spain)
Buyer: LLYC (New York, NY)

Announced: January 20, 2020
Buyer Type: Independent
Seller Employees: 1
Seller Founded: 2016
Seller Focus: Public Affairs
Coverage: Announcement | Holmes Report

Casteel Schoenborn acquired by Lambert & Co.

Seller: Casteel Schoenborn (Williamsville, NY)
Buyer: Lambert & Co. (Detroit, MI)

Announced: January 14, 2020
Buyer Type: Independent
Seller Employees: 4
Seller Founded: 2010
Seller Focus: Investor Relations & Corporate Communications
Coverage: Announcement

21GRAMS

21GRAMS acquired by W2O Group

Seller: 21GRAMS (New York, NY)
Buyer: W2O Group (San Francisco, CA)

Announced: January 13, 2020
Buyer Type: Independent
Seller Employees: 150
Seller Founded: 2016
Seller Focus: Healthcare Advertising
Coverage: Announcement | Holmes Report | FiercePharma | PR Week | O’Dwyer’s | MediaPost

The Tembo Group acquired by APCO Worldwide

Seller: The Tembo Group (Brooklyn, NY)
Buyer: APCO Worldwide (Washington, DC)

Announced: January 13, 2020
Buyer Type: Independent
Seller Employees: 4
Seller Founded: 2015
Seller Focus: Social Impact
Coverage: Announcement | O’Dwyer’s | PR Week

Nectar Communications

Nectar Communications acquired by Next 15

Seller: Nectar Communications (San Francisco, CA)
Buyer: Next 15 / OutCast (San Francisco, CA)

Announced: January 8, 2020
Buyer Type: Holding Company
Seller Employees: 38
Seller Founded: 2008
Seller Focus: Technology
Coverage: Holmes Report | PR Week

Hatley Strategy Advisors

Hatley Strategy Advisors acquired by Teneo

Seller: Hatley Strategy Advisors (Montreal, Canada)
Buyer: Teneo (New York, NY)

Announced: January 7, 2020
Buyer Type: Consulting Firm
Seller Employees: 6
Seller Founded: 2010
Seller Focus: Puiblic Affairs
Coverage: Announcement | PR Week | Holmes Report

Bottom Line Marketing & Public Relations

Bottom Line Marketing & Public Relations acquired by Michael Best Strategies

Seller: Bottom Line Marketing & Public Relations (Milwaukee, WI)
Buyer: Michael Best Strategies (Madison, WI)

Announced: January 7, 2020
Buyer Type: Consulting Firm
Seller Employees: 3
Seller Founded: 1998
Seller Focus: Healthcare, Financial Services, and Real Estate
Coverage: Announcement | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | O’Dwyer’s | BizTimes

TechTHiNQ

TechTHiNQ acquired by Brodeur Partners

Seller: TechTHiNQ (Phoenix, AZ)
Buyer: Brodeur Partners (Boston, MA)

Announced: January 6, 2020
Buyer Type: Independent
Seller Employees: 3
Seller Founded: 2010
Seller Focus: Technology
Coverage: Announcement