City & Corporate: The Week in City & Corporate

New Britain Palm Oil has called in Kreab Gavin Anderson to advise on its proposed $175m acquisition of an oil palm plantation firm operating in Papua New Guinea. The agency has also won a mandate to advise South American real estate firm Squarestone Brasil on its global communications surrounding its intended float on London's AIM market.

Electrocomponents, one of the largest electronic and industrial distributors, has hired former Bradford & Bingley comms chief Tony McGarahan to overhaul its PR structure. He becomes interim group corporate comms director, to oversee the creation of a centralised global PR strategy and find a permanent group corporate comms director. McGarahan will continue to work with waste management group Shanks, having previously worked with Equitable Life and AXA.

Ariadne Capital, the investment and advisory firm founded and led by Dragons' Den Online star Julie Meyer, has appointed Gong Communications to handle its financial, corporate and media comms. Ariadne provides funding to European and UK entrepreneurs to back growth firms in the technology, media and telecoms space.

Hanover Green, the commercial property adviser, has signed up Porterfield PR to handle its public relations. Hanover Green advises agency, landlord and tenant, and investment and development issues in London and South East England.

Brunswick has hired Kreab Gavin Anderson's George Tucker to establish a new office in Abu Dhabi. He will liaise closely with Brunswick's Dubai office, reporting to its partners Rupert Young and Alex Blake-Milton.

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