Betfred, the bookmaker, used Tulchan Communications to help it gain control of the Tote bookmaking chain. The firm beat Sir Martin Broughton's Brunswick-advised Sports Investment Partners to secure the £265m deal.
Stockwell Group has appointed Close Brothers' Robert Morgan as an associate. Morgan was responsible for Close Brothers' corporate comms.
CitySavvy, the financial and corporate comms agency, has launched a dedicated creative comms brand called CSblue. The venture will operate out of London and Amsterdam with clients including ABN AMRO Clearing and Deloitte.
Catalina Holdings, the Bermuda-based insurer, has called in College Hill to support its acquisitive growth strategy.
Burson-Marsteller has launched a global energy practice. It is bringing together 100 consultants, including Bill Royce and Roland Bilang, chair and director of the agency's EMEA energy environment & climate change business respectively.