Regan appoints Lowe Bell to push Co-op deal

City whizzkid Andrew Regan has turned to Lowe Bell Communications for PR advice on his, as yet unconfirmed, bid for the Co-operative Wholesale Society.

City whizzkid Andrew Regan has turned to Lowe Bell Communications

for PR advice on his, as yet unconfirmed, bid for the Co-operative

Wholesale Society.



The firm was brought in four weeks ago by merchant bank Hambros but the

appointment has been kept under wraps.



Hambros advises both Regan’s Lanica Trust investment group and Galileo,

the special investment vehicle set up to handle the proposed pounds 500

million bid for part of the Co-op’s non-food businesses.



Lowe Bell chairman Sir Tim Bell, managing director Stephen Sherbourne

and John Antcliffe, a director of Lowe Bell Financial, are thought to be

working on the account.



They join a growing team of PR advisers to Galileo including former

Daily Telegraph City diarist Damien McCrystal and David Bick of

Financial Dynamics.



The deal has been dogged by leaks and an often hostile press. Regan has

yet to confirm the bid or put a firm proposal to the CWS board.



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