The Week in City & Corporate

Bell Pottinger appoints Gardener, Warburg Pincus hires Citigate Dewe Rogerson.

Bell Pottinger Middle East has appointed Brunswick associate Robert Gardener to work in its growing Abu Dhabi office from April. He will be working with BPME director Justin Doherty and the wider team, advising the Abu Dhabi Government and other Middle East-based clients.

Tenon Group, the top ten accountancy firm specialising in advising entrepreneurs, has appointed Redleaf Communications to manage its national corporate media relations campaign. The account will be managed by Redleaf's Professional & Financial Services division and follows an initial project to raise awareness of Tenon's Recovery division in the national media.

Citigate Dewe Rogerson is supporting Warburg Pincus as it buys a stake in Premier Foods. The private equity group is to acquire a minimum of 10.3 per cent of the foods group, which owns brands such as Hovis and Mr Kipling, as part of a £404m fundraising project. The stake could reach 20 per cent depending on demand from shareholders.

Brunswick and Bell Pottinger Corporate & Financial are at either end of the deal that sees First Eastern Financial Investment Group buying 51 per cent of the China-focused subsidiary of Evolution Group, Evolution Securities China. Bell Pottinger is working for First Eastern, while Brunswick is with Evolution.

PropertyIndex.com, a property search site for overseas and UK property, has brought in The Wriglesworth Consultancy as its retained PR agency. The agency is to improve public awareness of the site's comprehensive listings service. The brief covers both trade and consumer PR initiatives.

Scottish Power has turned to Manchester-based energy specialists Pendragon PR to back its proposals to develop a new generation of power stations in the UK. The agency will add stakeholder comms expertise and to help the firm gain successful planning consent for new developments.

Ratio Money, a claims management company, has given a brief to Bell Pottinger North to promote its services. The firm helps consumers fight against mis-sold and unfair credit agreements.

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