Corporate and financial communications consultancy with M&A expertise
Grupo Albion might initially catch the eye because of its strong position in the capital markets sector, where is can boast an expertise in mergers and acquisitions that sets it apart from other Spanish firms (it ranked number one among Spanish owned and operated firms in the 2005 mergermarket M&A rankings), but clients tend to stick around for the broader corporate communications counsel that is the engine of the firm’s growth. Unlike many firms with strength in transactions, Grupo Albion derives 75 percent of its income from retained clients.
So the firm is particularly proud of its long-term relationships with clients such as Clifford Chance (which first retained GA in 1994), Jones Land LaSalle (1996), Bridgepoint (1998), Amadeus (1999) and Goldman Sachs (2000). What’s the secret? Listen to a client from Amadeus: “We have a an incredibly complex business covering over 2170 territories throughout the world. We work with all type of PR agencies throughout the world from small agencies to big network agencies. Grupo Albion does not fall in any of these categories. It is a pragmatic and trusted PR partner: it’s reliable, accountable, and always delivers. Grupo Albion hasve been working with us on corporate communications for over five years and its support has been staggering in terms of strategic thought and execution.”
New additions to the roster over the past 12 months have included Caixa Geral de Depósitos, Climate Change Capital, The European Commission, GE Commercial Finance Real Estate, Johnson Matthey, and MFS Investment Management. High-profile assignments included IPOs for Telecinco and Cintra, Imtech’s acquisition of Mavisa, Ono’s bid for Auna and Dufry Group’s bid for Aldeasa, and the LBO of Amadeus by WAM Acquisitions.
Founded in 1991 by chief executive Paget Langford-Holt (formerly of Kleinwort Benson España) and managing director Alejandra Moore Mayorga (an independent consultant), Grupo Albión works across several sectors: chemical and pharma (clients include the European Commission’s smoking cessation campaign and Solvay); energy (Electricidade de Portugal); financial (UBS, Watson Wyatt); industrial (Azkoyen, Yara); IT and telecoms (RSA Security, ScanSoft, the Initiative for Software Choice); media (The Wall Street Journal Europe); property and construction (Avantis, Tishman Spreyer); travel and tourism (Amadeus, the Majestic Hotel Barcelona).
The firm scored high marks from employees in our Best Consultancies to Work For survey, a response reflected in the fact that the average tenure of the Grupo Albion’s 25 employees is more than five years.