Finsbury and Tulchan go top with M&S contracts

The hotly contested bid for Marks & Spencer has catapulted Finsbury and Tulchan Communications to the top two positions in the Deal Watch chart for June.

Finsbury’s work for Philip Green bid vehicle Revival Acquisitions on the billionaire’s £9.4bn offer for M&S has propelled the firm back to the top spot it held a year ago (PRWeek, 2 July 2003).

The M&S deal hugely benefited Tulchan, which takes the number-two spot after supplanting Brunswick as the retail icon’s retained financial PR adviser. Brunswick stays in the top three after advising the Barclay brothers on their successful £729m bid for the Telegraph Group.

Penrose Financial makes a rare entry into the top ten, having advised VC firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co on its acquisition of German car repair firm ATU Auto-Teile-Unger from Doughty Hanson.

The Hogarth Partnership also returns thanks to its work as retained adviser to CVC Capital Partners, which was behind this month’s £593m flotation of general store chain Halfords, which was advised by fourth-placed Citigate Dewe Rogerson.

GCG Hudson Sandler is another new entry at number nine. It advised logistics firm Tibbett & Britten Group over its rival Exel’s £328m all-cash recommended offer for the company. Exel used The Maitland Consultancy, which takes sixth position.

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