City & Corporate: The Week in City & Corporate

Powerscourt to handle Figleaves, Jefferson joins Likemind as CEO.

Figleaves.com, the online underwear retailer, has handed Powerscourt a comms brief. Last week, The Times suggested the firm was being lined up for a sale that could value it at about £40m. Powerscourt has a long-standing relationship with the website's largest shareholder Balderton Capital.

Likemind, the corporate comms agency, has appointed Nick Jefferson as its CEO.Most recently, Jefferson was a non-executive board member to the HM Foreign & Commonwealth Office consular division. He succeeds Simon Lake, who departs the agency after ten years to take a break from business.

Peregrine Communications has been called in to develop PR programmes for Arbuthnot Latham Private Bank and investment managers Saltus Partners LLP. Peregrine, which has replaced incumbents Carte Blanche at Arbuthnot Latham, won the Saltus account following a competitive three-way pitch against Polhill Communications and Smithfield.

Uralkali, the Russian fertilizer producer, has handed Maitland its retained financial communications account.

EX-Smithfield directors Reg Hoare and Katie Hunt have started work at Hogarth as managing director and director respectively. The move, revealed in PRWeek (5 February), will see the pair focus on building the agency's position in the mid-cap and growth company sector.

Valiant Petroleum has brought in Brunswick to handle its retained corporate comms account.

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