City & Corporate: The Week in City & Corporate

Capital MS&L wins SL work, Brunswick handed Emerson account.

SL Capital Partners, a private equity fund of funds and subsidiary of Standard Life Investments, has hired Capital MS&L as its retained PR agency. The agency was appointed following a competitive pitch and will be responsible for raising SL Capital's profile among key UK, European and US media.

Emerson Electric, the US energy group, has brought in Brunswick to support its hostile bid for UK-listed power protection firm Chloride Group. Emerson's bid values Chloride at £723m and comes two years after a previous failed takeover approach when it used Tulchan Communications. Chloride, which retains Hudson Sandler, has rejected the approach.

BETNOW, the mobile sports betting company, has engaged College Hill as its retained financial PR firm. The agency will focus on media relations and heightening awareness of the text-message betting firm up to and beyond a forthcoming fundraising. James Hogan, partner, will lead the account.

Cardew Group has hired Cazenove sell-side equity analyst Sandy Soames as a director. Previously, he was an MD of Cazenove Equities, heading its European food, household and personal care business.

THB Group, the Lloyd's of London specialist insurance and reinsurance firm, has handed its retained financial and corporate PR account to Pelham Bell Pottinger.

THB Group had previously used FWD PR.

US Oil and Gas, a listed oil and gas exploration firm, has brought in Conduit PR to handle its retained public relations account.

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