The acquisition of the 30-strong agency Blueprint Partners follows recent purchases of UK-based public affairs, healthcare and corporate and financial outfits. The move is a significant boost for FD's lobbing firepower, increasing the agency's public affairs capability to 80 across Washington, London and Brussels.
FD has been on the acquisition trail since its own takeover by US firm FTI Consulting in 2006.
‘We set out a plan to serve the full needs of a company at boardroom level,' said FD CEO Charles Watson. ‘Major deals and company movements increasingly require European-level public affairs assistance - Blueprint offers that.'
Blueprint Partners was acquired for an undisclosed fee. The EU-focused agency was set up five years ago and employs staff from ‘more than 12 nationalities'.
-- Separately, the City's most active agency on the acquisition front has bought 12-strong risk management and crisis comms firm Razor.College Hill completed the deal before April's changes to capital gains tax came into force. Razor and the City agency had been in talks
for 18 months, according to Razor founder Chris Woodcock.
‘It will be business as usual from now, but we will gradually integrate with College Hill,' said Woodcock.