City & Corporate: The Week in City & Corporate

Gavin Anderson opens offices in Saudi Arabia, Alium appoints Cubitt Consulting.

- Gavin Anderson Abu Dhabi, the regional HQ of Gavin Anderson & Company MENA, has established new offices in the Saudi Arabian cities of Riyadh and Jeddah. The offices will be headed up by the MD of Gavin Anderson's Saudi Arabian operations Michel Selfani.

- Cubitt Consulting has been appointed as retained PR adviser to Alium, the UK's leading independent provider of high level interim executives. The firm serves the private and public sectors with interim executives and changed its name from Boyden Interim Management to Alium Partners in 2008.

- M: Communications has rehired Stuart Leasor, MD of Eastern Europe specialist consultancy PBN Company, as a partner. He spent two years at PBN as head of the company's financial comms department after joining from The Policy Partnership in 2006. He was at M: from 2003 to 2006 and also worked as head of developing markets at FD.

- UBA Capital has appointed Penrose Financial as media adviser to raise the profile of the African investment bank with an ongoing global PR brief. Penrose will work closely with the firm's global research team, based in London, to promote the bank and its research among the global banking and investor communities.

- College Hill has opened a new office in San Francisco. Focusing on the life sciences sector, the office will provide a US service for College Hill's international life sciences clients as well as expanding its US client base. The agency has appointed Erik Clausen of Schwartz Communications as partner and general manager of the new office.

- RBC Dexia Investor Services has appointed Alex Clelland as head of PR, sponsorship and events and Brigette Kocijancic as head of comms. The two start their newly created roles at the finance firm from Penrose Financial and Scotiabank respectively.

- Brunswick tops the global M&A tables in Mergermarket's 2008 rankings of PR advisers. The agency advised on 167 deals worth more than $405bn. FD was in second place with $267bn. M&A totals for Q4 2008 were the lowest for five years.

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