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.

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

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