Finsbury’s work for Philip Green bid vehicle Revival Acquisitions on the billionaire’s £9.4bn offer for M&S has propelled the firm back to the top spot it held a year ago (PRWeek, 2 July 2003).
The M&S deal hugely benefited Tulchan, which takes the number-two spot after supplanting Brunswick as the retail icon’s retained financial PR adviser. Brunswick stays in the top three after advising the Barclay brothers on their successful £729m bid for the Telegraph Group.
Penrose Financial makes a rare entry into the top ten, having advised VC firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co on its acquisition of German car repair firm ATU Auto-Teile-Unger from Doughty Hanson.
The Hogarth Partnership also returns thanks to its work as retained adviser to CVC Capital Partners, which was behind this month’s £593m flotation of general store chain Halfords, which was advised by fourth-placed Citigate Dewe Rogerson.
GCG Hudson Sandler is another new entry at number nine. It advised logistics firm Tibbett & Britten Group over its rival Exel’s £328m all-cash recommended offer for the company. Exel used The Maitland Consultancy, which takes sixth position.