ARMZ, the mining subsidiary of Rosatom, one of the world's leading nuclear corporations, has appointed Pelham Bell Pottinger to advise it on media and investor relations for the proposed US$1.5bn merger with Canadian-listed Uranium One. The team at PBP is being led by MD James Henderson. The deal is the first major foreign acquisition by ARMZ in its efforts to secure uranium for Rosatom's plans for international nuclear power plant construction. Under the agreement, ARMZ will contribute two Kazakh assets and US$610m in cash in exchange for a 51 per cent stake in Uranium One. The deal is due to officially close by the end of the year.
Simon Lewis, former director of comms for 10 Downing Street, has landed a new job as chief executive of the Association for Financial Markets in Europe. He was Gordon Brown's official spokesman from June 2009 until May of this year, before joining UK Trade and Investment as strategic comms adviser after the general election. Before Number 10, he was group corporate affairs director at Vodafone.
Salans, the international corporate law firm, has appointed Annette Spencer as global head of media relations. She most recently headed comms for insurance and underwriting group Amlin, and was UK head of comms at RSA Insurance. At Salans, she will lead the firm's comms and media relations across 22 international offices.
Churchill Mining, an Indonesian mining firm, has handed its financial comms and investor relations account to Conduit PR. The firm is developing coal projects on the Indonesian island of Kalimantan.