Ed Reilly: Global CEO
Ed Reilly: Global CEO

Global CEO Ed Reilly
Ownership FTI Consulting
Number of offices 30
Key clients HSBC, Tata Group, BAE

In 2006 management consulting firm FTI Consulting bought financial PR agency Financial Dynamics (FD), and five years on the rebranding is complete across North America, Asia-Pacific and now EMEA. CEO Charles Watson stepped back to become global chairman, handing the reins over to Ed Reilly and a new global management team.

The firm is strongest in the UK and Asia-Pacific, where it topped Mergermarket's M&A league table by volume and value for the first three quarters of 2011. However, a smaller presence in the US and the rest of EMEA means that globally it sits in third place for that period behind Brunswick and Sard Verbinnen & Co.

London, Brussels and Moscow got new MDs - Neil Doyle, Hans Hack and Larissa Millings - and Ray Bashford joined the Hong Kong office as chairman Asia. The agency lost senior MD Andrew Dowler and Alastair Hetherington, former MD of FD's Asian operation, both to Finsbury.

Notable wins included investment giant BlackRock and the corporate banking division of Lloyds Banking Group. At the FT Mergermarket M&A Awards both its Europe and Asia-Pacific divisions won their respective financial PR adviser of the Year 2010 awards.

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