LOS ANGELES: San Francisco-based Allison & Partners has acquired LA-based independent Smith Public Relations.
Details of the deal were not disclosed, but principal Steve Smith said that staff and clients of his firm will be incorporated into Allison's LA office. Smith has six full-time employees, and Allison has eight in LA.
The acquisition gives Allison clients including Cakebread Cellars and Safeway. Smith told clients of the purchase in advance.
Allison LA head Scott Pansky and Smith will share oversight of the new combined office.
Smith said he decided to sell after more than a year of discussions because he felt his clients could benefit from the larger resources Allison had to offer. The deal was completed August 1.
In addition to LA and San Francisco, Allison & Partners also has offices in New York, San Diego, and Palo Alto, CA.