Grant departs Brunswick to start up IR partnership

Brunswick partner Andrew Grant has left the agency after ten years and is starting a consultancy in partnership with cross-border investor relations firm Taylor Rafferty.

Brunswick partner Andrew Grant has left the agency after ten years

and is starting a consultancy in partnership with cross-border investor

relations firm Taylor Rafferty.



Taylor Rafferty will put up funds for the new agency, in return for a

small equity stake. The plan is to market the two firms jointly to

potential clients. Grant plans to launch the agency in June, offering

listings, IPOs, and bids work on an international scale.



Over the last two months, Grant said he had been thinking about his next

career move, specifically starting his own agency or going to head an

existing one. He had been in talks with Brian Rafferty, the New

York-based managing director of Taylor Rafferty. It was these plans

which led to last week’s sudden departure.



Grant joined Brunswick in 1990, when it only had 30 staff. He became a

partner five years ago, and at the time that he left his clients

included nine FTSE-100 companies, including Sainsbury’s, Prudential and

Railtrack.



He has not taken any clients with him.



Taylor Rafferty is an independently owned IR and financial

communications consultancy, with clients including the Dutch banking

giant ABN AMRO, BSkyB, Scottish Power and Railtrack.



Although Grant confirmed media reports that he had sought legal advice

following his departure from Brunswick, he said he would be taking no

further action.



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