LONDON—Capital Communications MS&L, the London based financial communications consultancy part-owned by Manning Selvage & Lee, is opening an office in New York and the changing its name to Capital MS&L.
The new office will be led Richard Simonelli, who joined MS&L as a senior vice president in its global corporate practice in January 2001 and previously was managing director of Citigate Dewe Rogerson in New York. Before joining Dewe Rogerson, Simonelli was managing director of international listings at the New York Stock Exchange.
Working with Simonelli will a team of senior directors including Ralph Piscitelli, Ivan Peill and Jeannine LaPietra. Piscitelli was a senior marketing executive at the NYSE and several leading trading firms including Spear Leeds & Kellogg, the NYSE specialist unit of Goldman Sachs. Peill has international experience in marketing global companies to the North American financial community. LaPietra traded bonds, equities and derivatives at various buy-side financial institutions before becoming a strategic communications consultant in 1997.
Says Simonelli, “MS&L has been working with Capital in London on a number of high profile clients and transactions, and we felt the creation of a unified transatlantic brand was a natural progression in the development of the firm.”
In recent months, Capital MS&L has advised on a number of high profile transactions including Procter & Gamble’s proposed acquisition of Wella and the global privatization and NYSE listing of Telkom South Africa. Other clients include Staples, the London Stock Exchange, Fiat Auto, the World Gold Council and T-Online.