Square Mile hires Cazenove banker for financial brief

Weber Shandwick Square Mile has hired former partner of investment bank Cazenove Mike Kirk as a director of its financial practice, as part of a recruitment drive that will see three new directors in total added to the firm.

Kirk’s appointment comes as Rachel Lankester joins as an associate director from Capital MS&L in New York, where she was a consultant.

Kirk advised on a range of corporate issues during his 13 years at Cazenove, including the demerger of Centrica from British Gas.

Square Mile chairman Tim Jackaman said the two appointments would help the firm build an ‘ability to communicate directly with institutional investors, as well as the financial media and sell-side analysts’.

Lankester, who was also a director of Citigate Dewe Rogerson in New York, spent the last ten years working in IR and financial PR for European and Asian clients listed on Wall Street.

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