The Week in City & Corporate

M: Communications to help Intermediate Capital Group, VMA promotes Bradshaw

- Intermediate Capital Group, the fund manager and provider of mezzanine finance, has handed a brief to M: Communications. The incumbent was Brunswick. The firm has been hit by the travails of the private equity market - its share price has collapsed from £17 to £2 in a year - and M: will help it communicate the underlying strength of its portfolio.

- VMA Search has promoted Fiona Bradshaw to head of practice. She focuses on senior-level appointments within in-house corporate comms and agencies and joined the firm 18 months ago from Citigate Dewe Rogerson. Tim Ledeboer and Laura McDyre have been promoted to senior consultants in the firm's London and Manchester offices respectively.

- CENTAMIN EGYPT, the mining firm, has handed its retained financial comms brief to Buchanan. Pelham PR was the incumbent but the firm decided to bring in new PR support as it ends its period of development and goes into commercial production. Centamin Egypt is one of AIM's five largest companies by market capitalisation and owns Egypt's Sukari mine, which has an estimated 12 million ounces of gold resources.

- Hill & Knowlton has acquired the remaining 70 per cent stake of Feedback Hill & Knowlton in Poland, making it a wholly-owned office of the H&K group. Founded in 1994, the Warsaw-based agency first linked up with H&K in 1998 and sold a 30 per cent stake to the group in 2000.

- Maitland is lending PR support to property firm Brandeaux as it re-opens its student accommodation fund. The £876m fund, which had to halt redemptions in December due to liquidity constraints, has launched a new share class that increases the notice period for redemptions from seven working days to six months.

- Capital MS&L has appointed Campbell Hood from Polhill Communications as an associate director. Based in Dubai, he joins Capital's MENA practice, reporting to Kate Delahunty.

- Conduit PR has won a retained brief with Frontier Resources International. The UK-based firm was admitted to AIM in January and is an oil and gas exploration and production company.

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