City & Corporate: The week in City & Corporate

Bell Pottinger drafted in by Oculas Group, France Telecom brings in FD.

France Telecom has turned to FD's Paris office for its pursuit of operator TeliaSonera. The target was created through the merger of Sweden's formerly state-owned telecom monopoly and Finland's Sonera in 2002, but is subject to Swedish privatisation plans.

Tavistock Communications has inked a partnership agreement with First City Financial Public Relations that will see it expand into Asia. Tavistock will provide a wider range of services for First City's existing UK and Asian clients, currently numbering 17 AIM companies. The agreement will also see joint marketing initiatives, board representation and equity interests on both sides. First City was established in May 2002 by Allan Piper, who previously edited The Financial Mail on Sunday.

The Oculas Group, the UK product design company, has brought in Bell Pottinger for a corporate, business and consumer brief. The overarching aim of the brief is to create a 'strong and unified corporate identity' for the Oculas Group, as a 'young up and coming British design firm on the brink of substantial organic growth'. Bell Pottinger Group director Simon Jones heads the account.

Julius Baer, Switzerland's third largest private bank, is using Broadgate to manage the launch of its UK Investment Products division. The team will initially focus on highlighting funds to wealth managers, family offices, insurance companies, investment banks and fund of funds and will highlight Julius Baer's resistance to effects of the subprime crisis. Broadgate director Mark Knight heads the account.

Weis development corporation, the real estate developer and homebuilder, is using Corfin Communications for an £80m AIM listing. The listing will offer potential shareholders a chance to invest as American residential property prices reach their nadir.

Vale, the Brazilian mining firm mulling a takeover of British rival Anglo American, has been using Tulchan in the UK. Last week, Vale announced that it planned to sell about $15bn in new shares to fund growth.

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