M&A

Westwicke Partners acquired by ICR

Westwicke Partners, a healthcare-focused investor relations firm headquartered in Baltimore, is being acquired by ICR, a strategic communications and advisory firm. Bob East and Mark Klausner, Westwicke’s co-founders, will lead a new entity comprised of Westwicke’s 29 team members and ICR’s current healthcare investor and public relations practice. The new entity will be branded as Westwicke,

Chime acquires Method Communications

Chime has acquired the U.S.-based technology PR and marketing agency Method Communications. The acquisition will increase Chime’s technology practice billings to more than $26 million, while broadening its presence in the U.S. technology market. Chime operates globally as a sport, entertainment and communications group. Based in San Francisco and Salt Lake City, Method joins European

Finn Partners acquires MFA

Finn Partners has acquired MFA, a 20-person agency founded by Missy Faren. As part of the deal, Farren will become a Managing Partner at Finn, and the rest of her team and clients will be integrated over the course of 2019. In announcing the deal, Peter Finn wrote that his firm is “bolstering its global team

Blue Engine acquires JDA Frontline

In a bipartisan merger of public affairs firms, Blue Engine Message & Media has acquired JDA Frontline. The two firms have previously shared clients and will come together officially on January 1 with a combined team of 25. In announcing the deal, the companies touted the benefits of bringing together firms with Democratic and Republican

Clarity PR acquires DRSmedia to gain San Francsico outpost

After a year of seeking an acquisition to gain a presence in the San Francisco area, Clarity PR purchased tech PR consultancy DRSmedia. David Speiser, founder of DRSmedia, will assume the role of Managing Director of the San Francisco office. This will be the fourth outpost for Clarity who already has a presence in New