WASHINGTON, D.C.—Fleishman-Hillard’s plans to add to its extensive public affairs operations with the acquisition of lobbying powerhouse Quinn Gillespie have fallen through. An “agreement in principle” was announced in September, amid rumors of an impending deal, but now Quinn Gillespie partner Ed Gillespie says a deal “is not going to happen.”
According to Gillespie, a GOP veteran who launched the firm three years ago in partnership with Democratic colleague Jack Quinn, “The terms offered by Omnicom to us in September were not in the final offer.” The firm, which is coveted by several other communications groups, is not discussing any other deals. “We terminated all other talks,” he said, when the agreement in principle with Fleishman-Hillard was announced.
Quinn Gillespie is on track to bill around $13 million this year, Gillespie says, and recently added new clients including Citigroup and the American Society of Composers, Authors, & Publishers.
Fleishman-Hillard has extensive lobbying operations in Washington already, including GPC International—which also has offices in Canada and Europe—and the former R. Duffy Wall.