FD is to change its name later in the year to rebrand under parent FTI Consulting. Meanwhile, Edward Reilly has been promoted to global chief executive officer and Geoffrey Pelham-Lane to the position of global president.
Venture Finance, an independent invoice and assetbased lender, has appointed Man Bites Dog to handle the firm's six-figure b2b PR brief following a four-way pitch.
Smithfield, together with Russian partner, Mikhailov & Partners, is advising HMS Hydraulic Machines & Systems Group on its initial public offering on the London Stock Exchange. The HMS Group is a pump manufacturer in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States, and is set to be the first London float of 2011.
Williams ForMUla One team's director of comms, Liam Clogger, quit his post at the end of the 2010 season following ten years of service with the company. He has established Compelo, a business that aggregates content for sports media.
ING Global Real Estate SecuritieS, a listed property company, has brought in City Profile as its financial PR adviser. The ING GRES fund is managed by ING Clarion Real Estate Securities and has a market capitalization of £85m.
Menzies, the accountancy firm, has called in Broadgate Mainland to promote a range of services to owner-managed businesses.
Patron Capital Partners, the pan-European institutional investor focused on European asset-backed investments, has drafted in Redleaf Polhill to handle corporate PR.