EMEA News in Brief (January 19, 2009)
Charting the future of public relations
Holmes Report

EMEA News in Brief (January 19, 2009)

The Alternative Investment Management Association has appointed hanover as its UK public affairs consultancy, plus new business for Penrose Financial and Fishburn Hedges, a new digital investment for College Hill.

Paul Holmes

LONDON—The Alternative Investment Management Association has appointed hanover as its UK public affairs consultancy. AIMA is the hedge fund industry's global, not-for-profit trade association with over 1,280 corporate members worldwide. Members include leading hedge fund managers, fund of hedge funds managers, prime brokers, legal and accounting services and fund administrators.


LONDON—College Hill has invested in Tonic, an award winning digital design and branding agency. Tonic, founded in 1998, employs 40 people and has a client roster of both consumer and corporate brands including Sony Europe, Telenor, Fortis, GSK, UBS, MTV Europe and Nokia. Tonic’s digital capabilities will complement College Hill’s existing creative business, which publishes 40 annual reports a year and offers branding and corporate design services.


LONDON—Penrose Financial, a financial services and capital markets public relations consultancy, has been appointed as media adviser to raise the profile of UBA Capital with an ongoing global PR brief. UBA Capital is an Africa-focused investment bank offering a range of services to global investors and African corporates and governments. Penrose will work closely with UBA Capital's Global Research team, based in London, to establish the company's media profile as a leading Africa specialist investment bank among the global banking and investor communities, and to promote UBA Capital's research as a source of authoritative insight into corporate finance in Africa. The Penrose team will be led by Andrew Nicolls, senior partner.


LONDON—Fishburn Hedges has been appointed by Lane Clark & Peacock, a leading firm of consulting actuaries, as its retained PR agency. The FH team, comprised of Andrew Marshall, Andy Berry, Jane Padgham and Riz Issa, was awarded the brief following a competitive pitch process. Reporting to Stephen Hunt, partner and head of business development, Fishburn Hedges will advise on corporate communications aimed at raising the profile of LCP’s pensions consultancy work, as well as its other lines of business: management consultancy, insurance consultancy and investment consultancy.

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