Overview

M&A is well and truly back in the UK PR sector, and with new buyers - including management consultancy giants Deloitte and Accenture - entering the fray, what does this mean for the market?

PRWeek's breakfast seminar will examine the state of UK PR M&A, reflecting on the opportunities for both buyers and sellers. Experts from within the agency world and outside it will discuss what makes an agency attractive for buyers; the best time to sell; what matters to clients; and what impact Brexit and other factors will have in the months ahead.


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Agenda

08:30 Registration
09:00 Opening remarks
09:05 Spotlight On: Deloitte and Regester Larkin

One of the most high-profile recent events in the PR M&A landscape was the acquisition by Deloitte of crisis and issues specialists Regester Larkin. The acquired business has been merged with Deloitte’s existing crisis and resilience business to form Regester Larkin by Deloitte, one of the largest and most comprehensive practices in this highly specialist area.

In this interview-style session, former Regester Larkin chief executive Andrew Griffin and lead partner for resilience and crisis management at Deloitte, Rick Cudworth, will explain why they decided to come together, how they found the process, and what the advantages are for clients.

Andrew Griffin, Partner, Regester Larkin by Deloitte and former CEO, Regester Larkin

Rick Cudworth, Lead Partner, Regester Larkin by Deloitte

09:25 What do clients want from agencies?

What do clients look for when choosing a PR agency? In a time when agencies are becoming more and more multifaceted, two senior in-house comms chiefs will provide their opinion on agency M&A activity and explain what they want to get out of it.

Speakers to be announced shortly

09:50 Panel Debate: What do buyers want? And when to sell

With agency M&A activity becoming increasingly common, this panel discussion will look at some of the things to be considered before ‘scaling up and selling up’; looking specifically at exactly what makes a PR agency attractive to buyers, when to sell, and the impact (if any) of the current political climate and Brexit.

Tim Allan, Group Managing Director, Portland Communications

Warren Johnson, Founder and CEO, W Communications

Other speakers to be announced shortly

10:20 Refreshments and networking
11:00 Close

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