The week in city & corporate

Brunswick tops M&A mergermarket league tables, Pelham PR wins energy brief.

Brunswick led the mergermarket Q1 global M&A league tables of PR advisers, but overall M&A has suffered the worst first quarter in six years. Brunswick worked on the two largest global deals of the quarter, both in the healthcare sector, and topped the global, European and North American league tables. In terms of value, Image Sept was second in Europe and M: Communications third. Europe saw a total of 657 deals valued at $108bn, a decrease of 64 per cent by value and 58 per cent by volume from Q1 2008.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has appointed Richard Carter as its director of global communications. He replaces Graham Biggs, who returned to BMW UK. Based at the firm's head office in Goodwood, West Sussex, Carter will run the firm's global comms strategy. Previously he was general manager of group communications and public affairs at BMW South Africa and was also press secretary to former South African president FW De Klerk.

The Wholesale Market Brokers' Association, the industry body representing the world's largest interdealer brokers, has brought in Greentarget on a retained financial comms and media relations brief. The agency won the account in a four-way pitch and will look to help it influence regulators.

AFC Energy, the developer of alkaline fuel cells, has brought in Pelham PR to manage its corporate and financial comms. The Pelham team will be headed by Chelsea Hayes, head of its environment team.

The Association of Home Information Pack Providers (AHIPP) has appointed The Wriglesworth Consultancy for a three-month project. AHIPP is returning to the agency following a high-profile campaign to launch HIPs in 2007. AHIPP, which represents nearly 100 members, rehired Wriglesworth to provide strategic PR support during a period of legislative changes to HIPs this spring.

Abchurch directors Henry Harrison-Topham, Heather Salmond and Sarah Hollins have all been promoted to managing director. Ariane Comstive, Charlie Jack and Chris Lane will join the Abchurch board as directors with immediate effect.

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